A Week in Provence

Ever since I read Peter Mayle’s, A Year in Provence, I’ve wanted to visit Provence. In August of 2012 Allan and I spent 6 perfect days at Le Mas de la Rose a couple of kilometers from the village of Orgon, in the heart of Provence.

Provence is exquisite fortified villages perched on hilltops; olive groves; lavender fields and some of the best food and wine in France.

We had plans to meet Patricia and Drayton in Paris after, so we few into Paris and took the train to Avignon. We rented a car and made our way to La Mas de la Rose. “Cypress and olive trees mingle aromatically at Le Mas de la Rose hotel, a gathering of 17th-century farm buildings perched along a hillside in lavender-strewn Provence. An ideal base from which to explore the area.”  This was the description given by the owners. The farmhouse is located 5 minutes from the lovely village of Eygalières. Our room had a view overlooking the front garden and pool.

We rented a car so we could explore Provence on our own. Provence is famous for it’s beautiful hillside villages.

We spent our days unwinding by the pool and exploring the villages of Provence including Les Baux de Provence and Gordes. Our evenings revolved around food and wine. Some of the best restaurants in France are in Provence.

Les Baux de Provence is about 10km SW from the town of St Remy and 30km west from our home, Le Mas de la Rose. Les Baux is located in the foothills of the Alpilles.


Standing on the edge of the plateau of Vaucluse, Gordes has been listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.


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