Provence really offers everything: beautiful landscapes, historical sites, cultural things to do, fun local events and festivals, sports, chic or casual shopping, enjoying a snack and drink in a friendly local bar or bistro or dining in a great restaurant
My name is Pascha, I’m Dutch and I was born and raised in Holland but my husband Marcel is French. We’ve been married for 10 years and have a daughter, Suze, and a son, Bram. For a long time it was our dream to come and live in this part of the world, and when Suze was born we started planning our move. We’ve been here since 2005, and we all simply love it. We love going for long walks and having picnics in the olive groves behind our house.
It's so satisfying when you see that your guests are enjoying an outing that you've planned. Out of all the wonderful things to do here, it's a real art to understand what each group o guests will enjoy the most and to plan accordingly.
My perfect day in Provence would be...
When in the Provence, why not live like the French ...
After a traditional breakfast of croissants, strawberries and coffee you would visit Vaison la Romaine and enjoy a guided walking tour of the old roman village and the medieval village. If you're lucky, you might be treated to a dance or music festival in the antique amphitheater. The French have their main meal of the day at lunchtime, so be sure to reserve a shady place on the terraces/garden of one of the many gourmet restaurants in the village. Or, join in on an organized picnic on the river bank. After putting your feet in the fresh water and enjoying the quiches, salads, fruit, cheeses and wines you'll feel refreshed and ready for an afternoon of winetasting. One of France's greatest wine treasures is just around the corner, Chateauneuf du Pape. Châteauneuf-du-Pape roughly translates to "The Pope's new castle" and, indeed, the history of this appellation is firmly entwined with papal history. You can have a guided tour of the wineries and the vineyards or just discover them on your own. Of course, your french experience would not be complete without a traditional game of Jeu des Boules at the end of the day. Still today, all generations come together on the village square to play, discuss, drink a pastis and discuss some more. The rules are easy, all you need is a set of jeu de boules and voilà...
After this 'journée francaise' the terrace of your lovely villa awaits you to watch the sun down and to listen to the song of the 'cigales'