Sunday, September 14, 2014 – Getting ready for a return to Provence


It’s been a hot, wet summer, and – with the exception of a short visit to NYC to help celebrate my brother George and his wife Dawn’s 50th anniversary – we’ve mostly hung around the house.

Looming just a few weeks away is a return to France and “our home” in the tiny Provençal village of Eygalières, and we’re starting to prepare for the trip. As always, we’re vowing to travel lighter to avoid lugging heavy suitcases through airports and train stations. Flights, trains, a car, and our room in Paris (the Lavoisier, as always,) are all booked.

October 2nd we’ll fly to CDG, then take the TGV to Avignon, pick up our car, and get settled in the mas. We’re looking forward to seeing old friends, including Christine & Philippe Theme in Les Baux, and Marc and Catherine Refabert, who we plan to meet in Paris for another dinner at Crom ‘Exquis. We’ll fly home on the 19th.

We’re planning to return to the Southern Rhone wine villages of Gigondas and Vacqueyras to sample the wines and enjoy the wonderful food at some of the local dining spots, and possibly revisit the coast – Cassis and/or Sanary sur Mer. And, of course, a Sunday trip to Isle sur la Sorgue for Market Day and a fabulous meal at Café Fleurs will be on the agenda.

October can be a beautiful time in Provence, cool and comfortable, without the hordes of people who come to vacation in Summer. If it gets too chilly at night, the mas has two fireplaces and there’s always a store of firewood at hand.

Much to look forward to, and we’re almost set to go.

Tune into the blog beginning Oct 3rd to share our adventures and photos.

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