I’ve never tasted muscat grapes until I set my feet unto the Luberon valley. The closest thing I’ve ever had was probably the muscat wines from Beaume de Venise that one might find in the wine cellars in Singapore.

The grapes have an intoxicating floral aroma and a distinctive sweetness that would leave you yearning for more, pretty much like those perfectly burnt caramel popcorns in the States. I bought this bag of muscat grapes from a roadside stall where they grow the fruit and other vegetables on a patch of land nearby.

It was a wonderful start to my tour in the Luberon Valley.

La Capucine, Lagnes

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La Capucine is by far the best and most hospitable stay (thanks to Benoit and Ghislane) I’ve had while touring Provence. Just a stone’s throw away from neighbouring tourist haunts like L’isle Sur La Sorgue and Fontaine de Vaucluse, it’s the perfect base to explore the less visited but magnificent medieval villages in the Luberon valley.

There’s also an excellent french restaurant in centre ville called Auberge de Lagnes which serves wonderfully and perfectly executed provençal cuisine, perhaps with a slight Asian twist,  in a cosy and warm setting. Waiting staff was attentive and sweet 🙂 The only complaint I had is probably the selection of wines at the restaurant but I guess I was already spoilt by all the good wines I’ve had while hopping from one good vineyard to another.

*Edited: I don’t think I ever mentioned how romantic this place can be, eh? 😆