A Vicarious Virtual Trip to Provence

My friend Sharon and her husband Paul come here every Winter…and WHO WOULDN’T??

Come March and we are all feeling the need for a holiday and some relaxation. I had it all planned. A trip to Provence to visit my dear friends Paul and Sharon and stay in one of their fabulous rental apartments (read more in this wonderful article about their property) in a Manor House in the quaint village of Bonnieux.

Inside Paul and Sharon’s home…their style and taste are unparalleled!! This photo is from the article mentioned above.

My days would be filled with touring the countryside, visiting cafes and antique markets, hiking, and just relaxing in the incredibly beautiful surroundings. This holiday would be part pleasure, part inspiration, and part work (if you deal in antiques and love them, you can’t  help yourself…you’ve got to go to the antique markets in France!).  Sarah and Drew were joining me and we were all so excited!

BUT the best laid plans, sadly, did not work out for me.  A treacherous slide on a stone step covered with invisible black ice, left me with a broke ankle and, unfortunately, I was not able to join Sarah and Drew on the trip. But I still wanted them to go…the tickets and accommodations were paid for…and thanks to WhatsApp we speak daily and I get to see their finds at the markets as well as the beautiful sights of Provence.

So rather than me sharing Provence personally with you we’re sharing a Virtual Trip to Provence vicariously through the eyes of Sarah and Drew. They have only been there a few days but we already have some beautiful images for you to see.  And we’ll update you on their adventures during their stay.

Though I didn’t make it for this trip, trust me… I WILL get there…probably this coming Fall or early next year.  For now, I have to nurse my broken ankle so I can walk again and get back to my, now much-appreciated, busy life. The ankle needs rest so it can heal on its own and I can avoid surgery and pins in my ankle! I am trying to be Zen about it.:) and I’ve gotten a lot of help and support from my family, friends, colleagues, and my doctors have been amazing, too. So please, don’t worry about me…I’ve got this and I will be back to my lively self soon.

In the meantime, enjoy our virtual trip to Provence. There will be more photos to come on Instagram and here on our website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RENTING ONE OF THESE GORGEOUS APARTMENTS YOURSELF, SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THIS POST

 

ALL PHOTOS BELOW ARE FROM SARAH & DREW

THE ACCOMMODATIONS

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS
OF THIS STUNNING 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT

 


IN AND AROUND BONNIEUX

 

 


 

THE ANTIQUE MARKETS

Drew said he wished he could “wiggle my nose and send some of this stuff back to the U.S. for Trade Secrets”!

 

 

 

A COUPLE SMALL THINGS WE BOUGHT TO BRING HOME

we bought this to bring home

 


CHATEAU DE LECOSTE

 

 


GOULT

 


 

INTERESTED IN RENTING ONE OF PAUL & SHARON’S PROPERTIES IN PROVENCE?

You won’t find it on Airbnb, VRBO or Homeaway…you’ll only be able to book directly through Paul and Sharon!  You could rent the magnificent 3 bedroom apartment  Sarah and Drew stayed in, or they have other apartments as well in Bonnieux and in nearby Apt. Click here to see them all.

From Paul & Sharon’s website: Our apartments are located in the Luberon, dotted with chateaus and early farms, open and lush with vineyards, olive and fruit tree orchards, fields of lavender and sunflowers. The markets of Provence are a necessity of life. We shop the peasant markets everyday of the week bringing back to our kitchen fresh, locally grown, vegetables, cheese, bread and wine. The buying of ingredients and the preparation of our meals is a ritual that feeds our soul and spirit. The colors of Provence are evident everywhere in the markets with the stands of beautiful fresh flowers, in the clothing worn and offered for sale, as well as the items and variety in the art and crafts available with every culture seeming to be represented and sold here. The world suddenly becomes a smaller place where we all can come together to appreciate one another and our differences. We have a three bedroom apartment and a Studio in the 12th century hilltop village of Bonnieux and three apartments; a studio, a one and a two bedroom apartment in the center of the historic Roman town of Apt. Our apartments are an hour north of Marseille and 40 minutes east of Avignon.

It’s never to early to plan a holiday for yourself with Marsten House France…I promise you, it will be the best!  (click for rates/info). 

 

 

A CAUTIONARY *FOOT* NOTE:

Since this accident, I’m now into “prevention”.  I can’t tell you how many people have told me they or someone they know had a bad fall on the ice this year. So, I just ordered these black Icebug studded  boots from Sweden (https://icebug.com/studded- shoes). They are supposed to be the best boot for icy and snowy weather you can buy. As they say on their website, it is “like a premium winter tire under your feet”.  Love the idea of walking on snow tires!

 

 

2 Comments

  • Elizabeth Shequine says:

    Joan: so sorry your trip was sabotaged by our winter weather.
    But leave it to you to turn it into a fascinating peek at towns in the charming Luberon!
    Continue to heal and enjoy the coming spring!

  • Theresa Kraft says:

    Great read. Sorry to read about the slippery fall and break. I’ll carry your bags on the next trip…

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