I love Provence so much; nothing is more fun to me than spending the week before the Chic Provence Design Tour scouting out all my locations, vendors and sights, meeting and greeting old friends and checking out new ones. I want everything to be perfect and to run smoothly for my guests from the minute they arrive until we return them a week later to the TGV in Avignon.
This then is how a typical day of pre-Tour scouting goes for me... come with me next time!
|hmm.... Madame is offering fresh eggs right from her farm... I'll take a half dozen!|
found these on my morning walk along the banks of the River Sorgue
|along with President butter, a fresh croissant|
and blood oranges, these eggs made a
fabulous breakfast, giving me lots of energy
for a fully packed day of scouting in Provence!
|of course, un petit pause for a fabulous cup of|
coffee was in order as the morning went on...
here I am using my wonderful basket from
Andrea at The French Basketeer! Thanks, Andrea!!
|even the baguettes as they rolled out of the ovens, their aroma just begging for un cafe au lait and a large smear of pure butter and jam!|
|peeking into Madame's window, a row of fanciful dining chairs catches my eye, along|
with that gorgeous chandelier and mirror...
|these garden cloches will surely captivate my wonderful guests... wonder how many of|
these will find their way back to the USA ?
|a fancy candelabra called a girondole almost made its way into MY suitcase!|
isn't it pretty?
|the witty fish sculpture in company the otherwise seriously glamourous|
objets is a hallmark of French design... don't take things too seriously!
|OK, back outside, and off to Gordes... just to be sure nothing has changed in this stunning|
hilltop village since we were last there... and of course, it is just as gorgeous as always...we need
not have feared!
|I always peek into the church in Gordes... this time preparations were underway|
for a funeral mass for the oldest firefighter (pompier) in Gordes who had
passed away in his 80's... a procession wove through the village
|side view of the chateau at Gordes... actually that is a very excellent|
organic grocer tucked under those eaves...
|back to our villa to check things out... the olive|
tree basking in the late afternoon sun...
|...the outdoor mantel a study in still life....|
|the breakfast kitchen inviting us in for|
un cafe under the wisteria arbor...
|still the perfect spot for morning breakfast and lingering...|
|..and putting the final touches on the gifts for|
each of my treasured guests when they arrive...
fine chocolates, pate de fois gras, candle,
lavender oil and a sweet bundle of lavender
to tuck under the pillow for a good night's sleep!