I have spent my childhood between the windy French West Coast and the sunny South. I do not know which region I love the most… Is it the West, with its moors, its ocean, and its pines trees? Or is it the southeastern France, its cicadas, its lavender, and its olive oil?
This summer I came back to my grandparents’ country house, a traditional Provencal stone–built villa facing the massif of the Lubéron. I had not been there in two years, and coming straight from New York made me realize how preserved and beautiful this region is. There is a wildness that times hasn’t tamed…
While driving from Avignon’s train station I came across several medieval hilltop villages, the haunting ruins of the Marquis de Sade’s château, ancient “bories” huts (centuries-old herdsmen’s buildings), Russell Crowe’s mansion, etc.
Provence is so rich of culture, of History; this is also where Cézanne and Van Gogh used to paint, where Camus wrote, and where Agnès Varda and JR recently shot their new documentary ‘Visages Villages’.
But what I haven’t told you yet is that Provence is a food heaven too. The foodie inside you will enjoy every bit of it; from the melons of Cavaillon, prized truffle dishes, and goat cheese to tapenade, olive oil, and famous ‘rosé’.