Friday, September 28, 2012

Ansouis revisited

We visited Ansouis in autumn last year.  We also spent an evening there a few weeks ago and I'm happy to report it's just as gorgeous in summer too. I seriously doubt there is a bad time to visit.

Doorway in Ansouis, France
Cobblestone street in the French village of Ansouis, France

I purposely reserved a later table for dinner so that the mister and I would have a chance to wander around the village a bit in the 'golden hour'.

Alleyway in the Luberon Valley village of Ansouis, France

The school holidays were over and the lack of tourists was notable (except us, of course).


As the sun began to set a beautiful golden light settled in the streets.


Twilight soon followed - time to eat!


We ate at La Closerie that night - a restaurant that has received good reviews. I'm happy to report we also enjoyed our meal there. Delicious food (we had the Menu Gourmand), attentive service and a great wine recommendation from the staff. Book a week out though - it's very popular (this was the second time I'd tried to get in.)


The entree was a killer: crab meat salad with avocado and dressing, a papadum-ish back shell and two crab claws (pre-cracked and read to eat). The two chives for antennae completed the picture.


Thank you, Ansouis, for another lovely visit!


I'll be back with some photos from our Nice trip early next week.

Have a great weekend, everyone. We'll be up at 6.30am on Saturday to watch the Australian Football Grand Final - good luck Swannies!


**Anne** said...

Thanks for sharing your visit to this lovely part of France.
Anne xx

Katy Cameron said...

Oh wow, that menu looks fab, and lovely wee village at twilight

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Kirsty, those doors speak volumes don't they! Also love the cobbles, bricks and the worn patinas of all.

Salley said...

Such dreamy photos. No graffiti No rubbish No signage. How restful. Just love "Door" photos from ancient buildings. Ozzie doors all look like they were bought at Bunnings.

Lydia La La said...

I love France and the French people. Even the Parisians! Imagine if all those pot plants were left outside the buildings in Australia. they would be stolen every night. Love the doorways in foreign countries. Cheers.

Sara Louise said...

OK, I've already google mapped this place and I'm only about 50 minutes from this restaurant. It's going on my 'must eat' list :)

Susan said...

No tourists!?? It looked like a ghost town! Go Hawks!

Nicola said...

Funny, I just google mapped it too before I looked at the comments and it's just 40 minutes from where we'll be staying at Toussaint. Maybe we'll see you there?!

Nicola said...

Looks like such a peaceful place at that time of day. Another one for our Toussaint list. Exactly how many old French villages do you think I can drag my kids round in one week?!

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gillybean said...

I have recently been directed to your blog via a friend and I just love it but today I am bitterly disappointed as your Swannies have just beaten my beloved Hawks LOL. I look forward to your post on Nice, I was there in 2003 and fell in love with it and the south of France.

Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts said...

Thanks for dropping by gillybean - sorry about the Grannie, maybe next year for the Hawks?

blandina said...

How will I manage without your reportages from the South of France!
The pictures, as usual, are wonderful and the fake crab looks really yummy.

Jenny M said...

Are you sure this place isn't a set for a movie? looks to good to be true! Stunning those roof tiles. Our household & extended family are so happy that the Swannies won!

Emma Louise said...

Lovely photos, it is full of charm! May I suggest a trip to La Rochelle? My boyfriend's parents live there and I fell in love with it when I first saw it in the summer of 2011.

Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts said...

Thanks for dropping by, Emma. And thanks for the recommendation!

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