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Vaucluse Field Trip

Our first class field trip was an excursion to the Vaucluse region, north of Provence, on 1 July. There we visited and discussed the medieval hill towns of Bonnieux, Lacoste, and Gordes, walked into a large borie, and closed up with a tour of the Cistercian abbey of Sénanque.


Bonnieux

Lacoste

Le Borie

The bories are enigmatic stone structures dotted around the south of France. Although they only date back to the 17th century, their design goes back as far as the Neolithic era, and their original use is presently unknown. They may have been dwellings or storehouses for hunters.

Gordes

Gordes is a beautiful medieval hill town, which we stopped by on the way to Sénanque.

Sénanque

Sénanque is a Cistercian abbey, which meant that it was designed with purity and simplicity of form— which also made for unbelievably good acoustics. Singing was the one pleasure afforded the monks, who were otherwise bound to vows of silence. The abbey is also famous for its magnificent lavender fields.


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