The King George Hotel in Belves – Michelin restaurant as well!

 

The villages are pretty close together and we moved on to the film set village of Belves. Here we found a great definition of a Bastide – straddling the Valley of the Dropt.

The story – “by creating a Bastide, the King seeks to develop virgin lands. It’s setting up is carefully thought through in order to make a profit from the environment. The Dropt, small stream always supplied with water, allows the building of mills. Lands close to the Bastide are worked as kitchen gardens. The farthest ones are used to grow cereals. Woods are a source of raw material for craft industry and building. Finally, to make trade and transactions easier, the Bastide is located at the cross roads between commercial routes.”

 

The Town Square is quite amazing. You can almost hear the clip=clop of horses in days gone by, swords swishing, it’s a movie!

 

Another view of part of the Town Square

 

Madame got a bit nosy and popped into a house renovation – these owners are brave.

 

Under the canopy in the town Square are three flagons for dispensing water/wine for thirsty villagers in days gone by.

 

Not only Provence has roses encircling doorways!

 

Atmosphere…

 

Can’t get enough of the Town Square

 

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