The Luberon valley in Provence is a land of hilltop villages — villages perchés is what they're called in French. One of the most beautiful and most touristy is Gordes, just 20 minutes from Cavaillon (where our gîte was) and less than an hour by car from the city of Avignon.
I didn't take all these photos in Gordes. Some were things I saw and photographed in other villages the last time I was in Provence (September 2001). My first stay in Provence dates back to the winter and spring of 1970, when I was a student in Aix-en-Provence for six months. I wish I could go back in time and see what the Luberon was like back then.