We managed another small trip this weekend - a drive through the Luberon Valley on Sunday to visit Fort Buoux.
We were really hoping that the lavender would be in flower throughout the Valley, but it's still a bit early so we made do with medieval ruins.
This fortress was built in the 13th century and was used as a Protestant strong hold during the Religion Wars of the 16th century.
Eventually the fort was ordered to be dismantled in the 1660s by Louis XIV who was doing away with any rural structures that could be used by local resistance.
We saw house remnants:
Grain silo remnants (which are thought to be considerably older than the fort):
You know your wide angle lens is good when you get your belly in the photo.
And lots of defensive works:
This fort is perched on a very high, sheer cliff top. It would have been a fantastic defensive position and a nightmare to try and attack. It is a bit of a hike up to the top (sensible shoes needed) and there are no railings of any sort on either the ruins or the massive cliff drop-offs that are all around.
Sheer cliff drops past the ruined wall.
Walkways with drop offs and no guard rails.
Needless to say, if you have children that you can't control DO NOT take them up here. Unless you are hoping to get rid of them.
The hike up is probably not suited to some 36 weeks pregnant women either, but I am fairly fit and took it easy. Plus I'd just seen the obstetrician on Saturday and he said I was in great shape and he couldn't see this baby coming early.
My ginormous belly shadow.
He also said I have a fine cervix, but I bet he says that to all the girls.
The views from the top are impressive. You can see Mt Ventoux on the horizon (with its white stone cap).
There is a hidden staircase you can use to descend, however the guide book advised against the elderly, pregnant women and small children using it. Given the mister is a ripe old 38 now, we ticked all three of those boxes so we came back down the way we came up.
I found some time for sewing as well this weekend, just something small as it seems to be all my pregnant brain can handle.
This is destined to be a table runner. Quilting is complete and I just need to bind it.
Hope you all had a great weekend!