Menerbes & Cavaillon

France, Cavaillon
Our longer than expected trip in the Vaucluse area europe_francecomes to an end. We spent our last days visiting an unexpectedly original museum and then stopping for a while in a town that hasn’t much to offer for an average tourist, not even a parking area for campers, but for those looking for adrenaline it could be a paradise. Finally we discover a stopover with free electric hook-up!

Let’s start with Menerbes. It is a picturesque village, quite similar to most of those we have already visited. A large car park at the entrance of the village [43.83182,5.20786] facilitates the visit, which is absolutely well worth. Touring the village on foot takes less than half an hour.

France, Menerbes
France, MenerbesFrance, Menerbes
France, MenerbesFrance, Menerbes
France, Menerbes
France, MenerbesFrance, Menerbes

In the town hall square there is a truffle museum with free admission. Actually it is more a truffle and wine shop than a proper museum but it is worth entering to see the interior of this beautiful building and to take a few minutes looking around at the products and the prices You can also get inside just for the shopping enjoyment! :)

France, Menerbes
France, MenerbesFrance, Menerbes

Not far from the village, we visit the very original museum of the corkscrews, at the Domaine de la Citadelle [43.84478,5.19782] (the entrance costs 3€ and includes wine tasting). The museum turns out to be much more interesting than we expected with plenty ingenious exhibits. Who would have imagined that there were also ‘erotic’ corkscrews?

It is forbidden to photograph, so we had to promise that we’d take only some general views.
In addition to the museum you can also visit the cellars of the winery and taste the wines that they produced.

France, MenerbesFrance, Menerbes
France, Menerbes

From here we move to Cavaillon. It is a provincial town that has nothing to do with tourism but it has a very welcoming mediatheque with ample parking [43.83352,5.04186], where we stopped for a couple of days to complete a research project.
The town turns out to be pretty cute. We strolled through the Jewish quarter and the we climbed up to the top of the hill for the single but spectacular attraction of Cavaillon: the via ferrata.

France, Cavaillon
France, CavaillonFrance, CavaillonFrance, Cavaillon
France, Cavaillon
France, CavaillonFrance, CavaillonFrance, Cavaillon
France, Cavaillon

The via ferrata is for public use with no extra charge. If you want to be accompanied by an instructor or to rent equipment, you should ask for information at the tourist office.
On the photo above you can see the test track. Below a couple of views of the real route.

France, Cavaillon
France, Cavaillon

Searching for a motorhome service area we discovered the site close to Puyvert village [43.74714,5.3375]. It is totally free of charge, electricity included! The location is far from being marvelous, in the parking lot of a car wash in front of a workshop. Besides the services, there is a self service laundry, a supermarket (superU) and a gas station that also sells gas bottles.
Speaking of gas, it was a pleasant surprise when we discovered that the French cylinders have the same attachment with the German ones (we had already the adapter!) and they are relatively cheap (27.75€ / 13kg propane, slightly wider than the Italian ones) plus 5 deposit for a superU cylinder.

France, Puyvert

Lacoste, Pierre Cardin and marquis De Sade
Glanum and a world famous asylum
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