Still on the beautiful Village theme from Provence, we have Cadenet. 10 minutes south of Lourmarin, Cadenet is one of those villages often overshadowed by its more famous and well known neighbours. For that very reason, Cadenet shouldn’t be ignored. http://www.provenceweb.fr/e/vaucluse/cadenet/cadenet.htm
A village of roughly 4,000, Cadenet is known for its lake, chateau and basket weaving. Of all the villages I have visited in Provence is is by far the least touristy. In fact on the day we visited (en route to Lourmarin) we only stopped in because we heard it was market day. Unlike many of the other markets, we actually had room to move. It was a fairly big market with all the usual draws, fresh olives, lavender, local cheese, amazing bread and pastry and in season produce. It also had the usual household goods and clothing and mostly importantly for @benton8tor, Laguiole products. http://www.laguiole.com/index.php?language=en We had heard about Laguiole products courtesy of Peter Mayle books of course and now here were were. We must have walked up and down the market 7 or 8 times, stopping at the stall each time before Ben finally made his choice. When I asked him back in Canada about his favourite thing he bought, it was his Laguoile bottle opener and knife.
That isnt the only reason to visit Cadenet of course, It is hilly but easily walkable, mainly locals and beautiful patios to enjoy a refreshment. We chose the bar du cours and the service was lovely and perfect for people watching. Cadenet is small but beautiful with excellent local products and a distinctly tourist free vibe.. Cadenet is well worth the time and effort so take time to check it out.