About three minutes away (by car) is our neighbor village Soreze– a charming medieval village plentiful with photo-ops at every turn. Many of the houses are half- timbered with the second floor protruding over the first floor. One explanation for this was that taxes were based on the square footage of the ground floor- hence more space was gotten by building the upper floors “out”.
The cultural center in Soreze is the The Abbey-école. This monumental building has a history dating back to 754 AD with the founding of a benedictine abbey. In later years it served as a military boarding school and as a center for education until it closed in 1991
At that time it was transformed into the cultural hub of Soreze. The former stables became individual art and book shops. The former school now houses a lovely hotel and restaurant and most notably- The Dom Robert Tapestry Museum. I cannot speak more highly of this treasure of a museum so close to us!
Each year in July there is a three-week music and opera festival held in the large courtyard of the Abbaye Ecole called Festival de Musiques des Lumieres .