Summer Holiday in South of France: Part 1

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Bonjour!

As per usual, this summer, my family and I went to the South of France!

Since ‘French Affair’ went bust, for the past 4 years or so, we’ve been booking our holidays through ‘Pure France’, which is an amazing company that has a site full of luxurious villas and chateauxs you can rent out from 1 – 4 weeks.

We were staying more in land than usual, in Provence in the Ardeche region but there was wonderful weather, wine and fabulous food all the same!

The villa itself was spectacular. With a 20 metre pool, table tennis, a vineyard, grand piano and more, we were utterly spoilt and it was very hard to say goodbye at the end. But this blog post gives me a chance to re-live it and to share my story with the lovely person reading this which would be you…

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(Photo cred: Pure France)

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The first thing I did was explore the local village of Cornillon which had beautiful views across the region, vast amount of vines and blue skies sprawl out before you. It was a very rustic town, old cobbled streets, a stone stage for performances, grand church and hidden little cafes, art galleries and restaurants.

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We then went to a lavender museum and farm, where they create the essential oils and perfume. It was really interesting to see how there are so many different types of lavender , what health benefits each type has – I stocked up on the one that was good for mosquito bites as I’m notoriously juicy on holiday it would seem (lol.)

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We played a spot of crazy golf, which was hilarious… and I lost miserably 😛

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The next day we visisted another neighbouring village where we went to explore these rock pools. Before we got there, we were greeted by a huge sign which clearly stated you are not allowed to dive or bathe in the pools due to these things called ‘marmites’ (no, not the tasty kind!) that can suck you down into the water. Apparently, there had been 30 casualties since 1960, so we were slightly worried, until we got there, and as the ever so relaxed French do, were jumping in the pools, sunbathing, diving…

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Dubious, we dipped toes in to start, but soon enough we jumped (okay fine, slid!) in too!

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Later that evening we went to one of the restaurants in cornillon called ‘La Vieille Fontaine’. We had an absolutely fabulous view of the land on the balcony, and even witnessed a fantastic storm when darkness fell (holding my camera to wait until the lightening stroke was a harder task than I thought, so unfortunately I don’t have any pictures to share!).

The food on the other hand….

I had scallops to start and Hannah had sushi. This was followed by beautifully tender lamb with tapenade and potato.

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The pudding was the main event and it was called Castel au chocolat i.e a chocolate castle – and it was! An intricate design, it was delicious as it looked. Soft velvety chocolate mousse with a white and milk chocolate case with cream and berries to garnish.

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That’s all for my first of two french posts folks!

Watch out for my next post tomorrow 🙂

Bisoux

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  • Ella
    Reply

    Gorgeous part of the world. And thanks for the links to your outfits!

    • Katie
      Reply

      isn’t it just!? no problem, I find it handy as I love to see where other people get their clothes from 🙂

    • Andres
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      I have traveled alone since my early 20s, quite often in France (and I do not speak French.)You can look for the nraeest town that has a youth hostel, either from Hosteling International or an independent hostel.Once you know when you will be in the area you can write your relatives that you will be in town on these dates. (e-mail if you want to see them, so you have time to change your plans if needed.)If you travel with other people you will have a good excuse not to stay with the relatives.If you want to travel a lot in France, think about getting a train pass, for a week or two of unlimited traveling, or a young persons reduction pass if you stay in France longer.If you are not sure about traveling alone, you can also combine a short visit with your relatives with a bus tour or other group travel.Go to your local travel agent to see the ready made travels, or search internet.Added:I like traveling in France and traveling alone, but the first few times it was a bit hard to get used to.If you are into church, maybe this place is something for you:I have been there several times and found it a very good place to meet people, but it is all about religion.

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