Monday, 18 July 2016

La France

I just adore France. I have been visiting since I was a child and somehow, since our children were born, I have managed to lure my husband there almost every summer, for a delicious two-and-a-half-week camping holiday (we’re quite glampy campers, with proper duvets and such, so it’s not quite as basic as it sounds!). We’re off there again on Friday for two weeks of island-hopping up the west coast – two weeks of nothing but beaches, pine forests, bicycles and markets.

 
And, inevitably, I will fall in love all over again with the just-so rustic French-farmhouse aesthetic that is, really, the root of everything I love in an interior: rough-plaster walls washed in understated sandy shades, tumbled linens, pretty antique furniture, the simplest light fittings, and perfectly worn, flagged floors. These next two images are of Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus, near Uzés, where we stayed five years ago with our then-nine-month-old baby boy...

Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus, near Uzés  |  Image courtesy of Marc Van Praag
Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus, near Uzés  |  Image courtesy of Marc Van Praag

I keep a note of beautiful hotels that I would like to visit some day, and a duo that are definitely at numbers one and two on the list are Hôtel Crillon le Brave, north-east of Avignon, and La Bastide de Marie, between Gordes and Ménerbes. Two jewels in the heart of Provence, all sun-drenched terraces, cyprus trees, and cool, cool stone. Here are some images, if you'd like to see...

Hôtel Crillon le Brave
Hôtel Crillon le Brave
Hôtel Crillon le Brave
La Bastide de Marie
La Bastide de Marie
La Bastide de Marie
La Bastide de Marie

You see what I mean...?! La vie est belle.

Happy, happy holidays x


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