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17 November, 2008

A Little Cyber Vacation...or...A Week in Provence


Have you read this book? If not, I highly recommend it. It was the inspiration of my retirement trip to the Lubéron in the heart of Provence...Peter Mayle country! I would like to take you on a tour of the wonderful place where we stayed for "A Week in Provence."


IMG_0204 I found this mas online...a provençal home with all of its out-buildings… in Lagnes, near l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. It is an old silk worm farm from the 1700's that has been refurbished. Could it be more perfect?


IMG_0206 Upon closer inspection the little white things on the trees along the drive turn out to be...ESCARGOTS...SNAILS!


IMG_0203 Our apartment was around the corner...


IMG_0140 past the fountain... (can you hear the water?)


IMG_0137 through the big door...(psst....the key is under the flower pot)...


IMG_0098 into the courtyard...


IMG_0097 up the stairs to the left...


IMG_0096 past the old fig tree...


IMG_0095 onto the little landing...


IMG_0107 where we ate every meal when we weren't eating out (That's my best friend studying our guide books)...


and into the living room/kitchen/dining room area. Don't you love the beams?


IMG_0099 Isn't this fireplace great?


IMG_0100  Here's my room...comfy bed...real euro shams..lol.

 
IMG_0101 The view from my room. I swear this plant grew nightly..."Feed me, Seymour!"


IMG_0207 There is a pool....


IMG_0287 and even a cat...what else could you want??
Isn't this just the perfect place to use as your headquarters for a week in Provence?
I hope you enjoyed this little vacation! I needed it myself...although my son-in-law says that when you are retired, you are always on vacation! Pack your bags...I'm ready to go again!

25 comments:

  1. I'm wondering did my comment take?? This silly thing has been acting up all day...lynne

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  2. Oh my gosh Debbie...How I wish I could go there & with you!! I'm on my way now to show my DH your favorite pastry...he does LOVE eclairs...this was wonderful! ;-) Bo

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  3. Hi Debbie.. going to try this again. What a memorable week you must have had. I love the cat in the window..looks like it was posing just for your picture.. next trip you take call..and I'll pack my bags and go along..ok maybe only in my dreams and thought..lol
    hugs ~lynne~

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  4. Oh Debbie what a dream vacation that was...oh girl you were the best tour guide..loved that apartment and that fig tree WOW!! what a great country France is...just beautiful thanks so much for letting me go along girl...hugs and smiles Gloria

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  5. What a wonderful cyber vacation. Thanks so much. I didn't need any shots or even a passport.

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  6. I so want to go, and I want to stay in this wonderfully charming place! This is so perfectly France. Loved my tour, but it did make me have some wanderlust! laurie

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  7. Oh, Debbie, what a fabulous tour. I love to see the beautiful old homes they have there. Such a gorgeous place to have as home base. I don't know if I could have left. Thanks for the tour.

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  8. What a beautiful, enchanting place to stay. They even provided a cat! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures and the tour.

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  9. Hi Debbie, What a dream spot. Loved every photo and looked at each in detail. You know my favorite always ends up being an animal. How sweet was that kitty? :) Sounds like a wonderful book. ~Melissa

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  10. Hi Debbie, Thanks for your visit and you sweet comments. This looks like a dream vacation! What a beautiful place to stay. thanks for the tour, I needed a vacation after all this work I've been doing! He He. Kristen

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  11. Hi Debbie!!!! OH CAN I COME WITH!!!!!! I'm afraid to read that book...I might start making reservations!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You lived in such a lovely place!!!! I love courtyards...and the stairway to your apartment...how cool is that!!!!! I can totally see why you'd want to go back..it looks like an enchanting place!!!! CHEERS Michele

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  12. I want to be where you are. What a lovely
    place. Thank you for stopping over I will post the ribbon once the fireplace is completed.
    Happy Holidays
    Blossom

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  13. Oh Blossom...I wish I were there now! I only got to stay a week. Thanks for stopping by...Debbie

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  14. Oh Debbie...what a wonderful place! I love the courtyard, the view from your room, the fireplace, the wall colors. Who am I kidding? I like everything about it....so European and so countryside and so old, a perfect combination! Thank you for sharing and you are beautiful!....Christine

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  15. Hi Debbie, Re "Dewey". I can tell you that he was born in 1987 so...well..you know. I'm sure I will bawl my eyes at the end as well. Like no other book I've read before. Mostly because he is so similiar to our cat Chestnut.
    No major "tragedies" or anything. It is amazing what he did for that small town in Iowa. I wouldn't let it stop you from reading it.~Melissa

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  16. Deb, Oh what a lovely trip I just took with you. Thankyou so much for taking me along. It looks exactly like I would have pictured in my minds eye. I love the picture of the ooutdoor staircase. What a beautiful surroundings. I bet it filled your heart up when you did this post. When you speak of things you are passionate your words just sing. Keep singing Deb I love your Tune. Hugs Kathysue

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  17. Take me away to this place that you visited.
    Thank you for stopping by this morning. I have the ornaments on the chocolate tree but I didnt't take a photo at 1:00am this morning.
    Just posted the guest bedroom.
    Happy Holidays
    blossom

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  18. It does take time, time is something that I cherish when I get it. Doing weddings and woring full time at two of our business, doesn' give me any free time. So I am decorating in the evening only. Takes for ever to get the trees up. I put trees in every room; I may have to cut down this year. Thank you for stopping by.
    Happy Holidays
    Blossom

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  19. THAT IS WONDERFUL! THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME KNOW. I DO WATCH IT EVERY WEEK. LOVE THAT SHOW!

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  20. Debbie I don't know how I mised this?!! What a lovely place for a vacation!! Dreamy dreamy!! Thank you for sharing it with us! Vanna

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  21. Just wonderful! I love the bedroom with the doors! You have given me an idea for I am putting in a French Door leading to no where, I can use the iron railing! Yes! Later I hope to add a small glass room beyond the door! Thank You! so much! I love the shutters too, Hubby going to build me some, now I know what I want! lol

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  22. Debbie, I love all the Mayle books, A year in Provence, my favorite. I've been to Provence too, wish I had stayed HERE! This is what comes to mind when daydreaming of my next trip there. Beautiful courtyard, Provencal Blue shutters and those stairs, how romantic.
    Have a wonderful Sunday, and thanks for sharing a little touch of Provence!

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  23. I want to go there. Can you share where you stayed and exactly how you found this place? Looks ideal!

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  24. Hi Janice! Just email me at confessionsofaplateaddict@yahoo.com and I will send you the info! It was a terrific location!...Debbie

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  25. Just found your blog and enjoying perusing your pages - lovely!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie