Postcard from Provence

November 21, 2010 in Postcards

It’s all about who you know, right? I’m lucky enough to have family friends who live in the heart of the French countryside. Down a bumpy, unpaved road outside of a tiny town that boasts a church, a bakery and a few assorted cafes, they live in utter serenity. I spent a weekend wandering through orchards, picking olives and eating in true farm-to-table style.

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The best part is that they’re in the process of renovating their home to become a true bed-and-breakfast. I can’t picture a more relaxing place to spend a vacation! A short drive from the adorable towns of St-Remy-de-Provence and Les Baux, as well as hikes in the Alpilles–but with the Southern France sunshine and a pool, I can’t imagine why you’d ever want to leave.

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The surrounding countryside.

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In the heart of town.

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It’s olive season! (Read: homemade olive oil. Yum.)

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Olive orchards.

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Gorgeous sunset.

  • Beautiful photos, Christine. It is sure, Provence is a difficult place to leave. It was almost a year ago that I was supposed to be heading home…..yet I’m still here with no plans to budge! Isn’t it wonderful to have good friends all over the world whom are willing to share their worlds with you?

  • So beautiful! I miss provence …

  • Kb2975

    reminds me of the opening scene in Beauty and the Beast πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    So true! I spent a summer with them when I was 16 and it was such a fun introduction to French life and cuisine!

  • Anonymous

    It’s definitely one of my favorite regions in France! Very similar to California πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    My obsession with Beauty & the Beast when I was younger probably explains my Francophile-ness (and love of books) now.

  • To say that I’m jealous doesn’t even come close… ENJOY PARADISE!!!

  • Those are some stunning photos, to have actually been there would have made me feel like I was on some movie set. Totally awesome.

  • Joya

    Such beautiful pictures Christine! I hope someday to see Provence with my own two eyes!

  • Hi Christine, just found your blog for the first time. Lovely! And your photo quality is so great. Look forward to reading more!

  • Sounds (and looks) heavenly.

  • Anonymous

    It’s well worth a trip! The whole region is just gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! It’s out in the middle of nowhere, but incredibly serene. I don’t think I could live there, but it’s perfect for a weekend!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you–it’s gorgeous–and very relaxing!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! So glad that you enjoy it πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    It really is! One of my favorite regions in France πŸ™‚

  • Provence is definitely on my list of places to visit, so I’m hoping you’ll share the name of the bed and breakfast when it’s finally open for business! πŸ™‚

  • oliveandbranch.com

    Lovely – must be near my home in Massaune..care to share the town name?

  • Gosh – I can’t even spell after all that turkey – Maussane – not Massaune! Sorry about that!

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely! They’re still finishing renovations and putting in Wifi–but once they do, I’ll definitely be sharing!

  • Anonymous

    They’re outside of Maillane! Near you?

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