Another Hill Town/Bastide

Generally  one enters a place from the front….but not  Cordes-sur- Ceil, France. (Their “front” door was a narrow, stone archway accommodating only 2 abreast).

Up & around the hill

Driving around and up a narrow dirt road discouraged many 13th century attackers.


Parking was sparse around and between the buildings at the top.

Cordes, France..alleyways

We tried to find an open space to see the rolling countryside but found only alleyways.

Some French people were carrying foodstuffs hither and yon and laughingly calling to each other.


Curving and circling through the brick and stonework buildings, they were interspersed with potted flowers, shrubs and small trees. And they led forward to other alleys equally charming.

The people smiled, nodded at us and talked to their neighbors as we wended our way through more alleys.


Hostellerie du Vieux Cordes Finally we arrived at the Hostellerie du Vieux.

There were wonderful odors wafting from the kitchen that were most enticing!

This Hotel was built within the walls of an ancient monastery containing 18 rooms and a restaurant.  The host invited us in and we had to pass this wonderful, original staircase with worn dips in the center of the steps.


Then on to lunch on their lovely terrace with a valley view!

As we finished our wine, the maître  d’  offered a discount if we would stay over night. With thanks we said we had plans. He said “ It’s better to have 2 with a discount then none.” We walked to the Market Square at the end of business.






Immediately people came out of the adjacent restaurant and began setting up tables for dinner. One waiter came over and offered us coffee ‘on the house’…..and it was good!

Cordes-sur-ciel, France II

Looking back, we said farewell to another beautiful French hilltown!


About carolinebotwin

Caroline Botwin and her husband Mike are retired educators who have always had a yen for travelling: he with a PH.D and teaching Architectural Engineering plus California wine education, and she having taught high school English, speech and drama. Both wanted to learn first hand about other cultures. While Mike predominately studied buildings and structures and met with winemakers, Caroline hunted for ancient sites and peoples. And kept journals of all their travels.
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