The lavender fields of Provence are legendary in their beauty, covering the sloping land in neat rows of bright purple.  Although known for its aromatic qualities as well as its popularity in perfumes and culinary, this member of the mint family is grown primarily for the production of its essential oil, which has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.  In search of this purple beauty, we took a little sojourn out into the countryside to check out one of several lavender trails… Read more »

Ah, la vie de café, possibly enjoyed over a delicious meal with friends or maybe just a simple cup of coffee accompanied by one’s own thoughts.  Either choice, it’s a way of life in France so why shouldn’t it be done stylishly? Situated just inside the archway of a medieval wall, this charming table pour deux look ideal for passing the time. The fact that it’s in the middle of the street seems insignificant.  Our kids dubbed the green car the “guacamole… Read more »

Vaison-la-Romaine is a beautiful town with a history dating back to Roman times.  Separated from the lower town by the Ouvèze river, the haute ville/upper town features narrow, medieval streets meeting at small squares, each of which features a fountain spilling fresh water into carved stone basins.  The doors are pretty neat, too. The carvings in the stone have been softly worn away, but their details can still be appreciated. Tile roofs are the norm in Provence and this arch over… Read more »