les Goats N’ Roses (part 1)

Super Banon
The best little cheese shop in Banon.

With just one full day for exploring, the plan was to stock up on fromage, go to Banon to buy fixings for a picnique, and pay a visit to the rose garden at l’Abbaye de Valsaintes. Located in Boulinette (southeast of Simiane-La-Rotonde), the 45-minute drive should’ve been a piece of cake. But when you’re oohing and aahing over every little view in the french countryside, that number tends to draw out. It didn’t help that we came across signs like this.

Following the cheese trail!

Following the cheese trail!

Le Petit Tourtouil signpostAnd again further on, with an arrow that shows 3.2 km to go. My fondness for the horned beasts goes way back to when I was a kid (pun intended!) at my grandpa’s goat farm on Kauai, so this brought up a lot of memories. When we arrived at Le Petit Tourtouil, a sign on the gate said that the farm was open when the owner was in, or… after 6:30pm. Flies everywhere, which is one aspect that I had totally forgotten about, being around goats n’ all. I only remember poop!

Le Petit Tourtouil fermier
C’est ici!

Butterflies rule at ValsaintesEventually we make it out to the garden of Valsaintes abbey, but not before chasing more cheese signs. A note about the weather: we were lucky to have pleasant conditions – 20°-23°C daytime – during the whole time. We’ve never had it so good on any of our previous trips to Provence. Forecasts report a sizzling 30°-34°C in Cruis this weekend, and as strange as this is gonna sound, coming from a Hawaii person like myself, I would’ve been one hot mess if our plans were off by a week! Next up…part 2 of les Goats N’Roses

Fromagerie de Banon

4 thoughts on “les Goats N’ Roses (part 1)

  1. tesorotreasures

    I love all these little cheese signs! I hope I don’t get too distracted while meandering Provence…we’ve got way too much to see on the list! But how will I resist? Another bad thing is: my French is non-existent! Do they speak English or Italian? Such dilemmas….


    1. Rowena

      I spoke italian and they understood well enough, but my husband likes practicing his french whenever we visit. If all else fails, use hand signs! 😆


    1. Rowena Post author

      Just the thought of anything over 25°C makes me sweat, uhm, I mean perspire…hee hee! It would’ve been brutal for the kids though.



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