Bonjour from Provence (Part Deux)

As we “go to press” on this post, Drew and I are on a train to Paris then a flight to London to catch an early flight home before the White House order to suspend all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days goes into effect Friday night. Apparently, the order doesn’t apply to the U.K. or  U.S. citizens but who wants to take a chance, as things seem to be changing by the minute? We were planning on staying for a few more days but it seems the powers that be think this is a good idea to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. (though knowledgeable health experts disagree and think the focus should be testing in our own country). Anyway, we’re on our way home. In the meantime…we’re sharing some of our photos of what we saw and experienced in beautiful Provence. (You can also see more photos and videos on our Instagram Page) We hope you enjoy them!

(Bonnieux was our home base in Provence)

Our hosts (and dear friends) Paul and Sharon Mrozinski of Marston House in Vinalhaven own several rental apartments in Provence: a 3 bedroom apartment and studio in Bonnieux (click for more info), a 12th century hilltop village in the Luberon (where we stayed) and 3 other apartments in the historic Roman town of Apt. The apartments are beautifully, simply appointed and feel like you’ve stepped back in time. We shared meals and walks with Paul and Sharon and had the most wonderful time with both of them.

preparing meals

and of course some antiquing & sightseeing


Wine | Architecture | Food | Art
180 acres of wooded hilltops, valleys and vines where artists chose a place to create something that would live there. You could spend hours here…and we did. AMAZING PLACE!

Yoko Ono’s “Wish Trees for Peace” is a permanent installation. My tag is there for peace and love. That wish never dies



Even though we had to cut our trip short I was gone long enough to forget the world for awhile and peacefully live in the French countryside. Sharon and Paul’s world is as magical as they are.



  • Kathryn Kelleher says:

    Your comment on the travel ban was totally unnecessary and not helpful in the slightest. The experts admit that they don’t know everything about this new virus and only history will tell if our response was correct. There are people dying and you should apologize for not checking your privilege before you hit the send button.

    • Mary Murfitt says:

      Joan is not a public figure nor a government official and she, like all of us…including you…are entitled to have opinions about our own experiences. Yes…there are people dying…thanks to (according to most “experts”) a slow response by an incompetent administration. Perhaps those are the people you should be asking to apologize and just maybe you should also check your own privilege in demanding apologies from private citizens who are expressing their views.

  • Carol Meldrom says:

    Dear Joan, Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos of Provence. It is so nice to see and feel the calmness and beauty of the area when we are all feeling stressed. I particularly like the solitary lemon in the window looking out to the countryside. I hope you don’t mind that I have written the email, but I hope to be able to return to Rhinebeck in May for my vacation and look forward to visiting both your Rhinebeck location and the Pine Plains barn. There is nothing like them in the Myrtle Beach area.

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