The Good Life

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

I haven't been too well the last few days, either I ate something bad or caught a bug. Bad timing considering I have just started a new freelance job and have to move out of my studio this weekend. We are frantically looking and haven't found anything yet. Funny how things always happen at once! Yesterday was also the official start of autumn, and like clockwork the temperature suddenly dropped in Paris (I'm currently sat inside with a big woolly on, as it seems a little ridiculous to put the heating on now!) So I'd thought I'd share some more photos from my travels, which are a little warmer and more cheerful than what I'm feeling right now.

I took these whilst staying in Gordes at the Mas de la Baume, a beautiful bed and breakfast, with a pool and view across the street of the village (just don't go for the cheapest room, if you want a door on your bathroom. Not ideal if you want a little privacy...!)

While we stayed in Provence we also drove to the pretty village of Gigondas, known for its exceptional wine for a little wine-tasting. So we did just that and didn't leave empty handed! Hope you like the photos! 

Provence: Roussillon

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

It doesn't get much prettier than this place. The Provence village of Roussillon is built atop an old ochre quarry, which is where most of the buildings and cobbled streets get their beautiful rust colour from. Pair that with blue, green and yellow shutters and you've got a fairy tale of a place filled with ice-cream colours - the houses do look good enough to eat. 

Our trusty Lonely Planet recommended we get there early or late to avoid the midday crowds, so we arrived around 5pm, which was spot on. The main streets were still quite filled, but when we wandered off into the hidden streets and alleyways, we almost felt alone. We didn't venture into the quarry as I stupidly wore a white vintage skirt and espadrilles, but for a nominal fee you can explore it on foot; the shortest track is around half an hour.  

Market Day in Gordes

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Perched on top of a hill in Luberon, Provence, Gordes is by far one of the prettiest villages I've ever visited. I've been wanting to go ever since I saw Russell Crowe trying to woo Marion Cotillard in her cafe, in A Good Year (yes I'm a sucker for romance, especially in the French countryside). Luckily we arrived just in time for market day, which is every Tuesday. 

We had the loveliest meal at Marianna's on Monday night. (A little Italian restaurant owned by a Sicilian native - all the food is cooked by her in a tiny kitchen and is the tastiest Italian food I've eaten outside of Italy.) The restaurants are pricey in Gordes and generally very touristy looking, we chanced upon this one and got lucky - there are only a few tables so I'd suggest booking! We woke up early-ish on Tuesday and walked over to the village where the market was already heaving with people. As expected the main customers were tourists and a lot of stalls cater for them, but there are still some traditional stalls selling handmade soap, herbs, peppers, jams, cured meats and bread. We bought some herbs, jam and a string of red peppers for our future kitchen in Paris. Have you been to Gordes? Hope you like the photos! 

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