Bon jour! Ahh, all things French.?? What’s there not to love…..I am obsessed with everything having to do with the most fashionable, stylish country on this planet, France. My mother is French so I suppose I can say “it’s in my blood” and perhaps partly why I have an unquenchable thirst for all things French! I have had the good fortune to visit a number of times but that is not enough and I am already plotting my next trip sooner than later, I hope. The last time we were there was the most memorable visit, we got to cover a lot of territory. Besides spending time in Paris which never ever gets old, we were able to enjoy “country life” as guests in a friends beautiful home in? Simiane la Rotonde and then my own aunts spectacular estate in the Loire Valley, the grand finale was a stay in Provence, we were in Avignon and oh my word…I could happily have stayed there for many months (maybe even years)! I felt like I died and went to frachophile heaven. Our hotel, La Mirande in Avignon, was right out of a movie set it took us back to a genteel time in our world where technology was not center stage but instead, it’s all about interacting face to face, touching, feeling, smelling and living. This place was so elegant and beautiful, it literally brought tears to my eyes and putting this post together prompted a rush of beautiful memories and a very strong unrelenting desire to plan another trip there very soon. On top of that it’s right next door to The Pope’s Palace, talk about having great neighbors:) Click here for info. Since I always say I was born in the wrong era I think that is why Provence appeals to me so much. It seems to have stood still in it’s own beautiful footprint while the rest of our crazy world is growing out of control, Provence is like a still calm place in a sea of storms……the food, the buildings and architecture, the charm that is unmistakably Provence, the art, the weather, the lavender fields, the cobblestone streets, the gastronomy that does not feel pretentious, the way time just seems to move? at a nice slow steady pace, I could go on and on but instead will let these pictures/highlights of Provence do all the “talking”…. First welcome to La Mirande- And now a look into country life in Provence…… I apologize if in advance, seeing this post has filled you with an irresistible urge to plan a trip, that’s the magic of Provence for you. Yes if you are thinking it looks right out of a movie set, you are right..it does in “real life”! Absolutely and utterly charming,? picturesque and astoundingly gorgeous. Seeing these pictures, putting this post together and allowing myself to walk down memory lane is probably the next best thing to actually being there. I just cannot wait to return. How about you? Have you been? What’s your favorite thing about this iconic region? If you need a travel agent who is unparallelled in both her expertise, travel knowledge,? friendly “can do attitude” and one who goes above and beyond for any trip, you must contact Sandy of You May Be Wandering. I simply cannot recommend her highly enough. Click here to contact her (to the right on her blog click contact) Thank you as always for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day and start to your week! Until next time…..au revoir!