Many moons ago, before we had children, we lived in Nice and further west in Provence, too. I loved it: Provence is understandably the region of France that draws the most visitors, seeking sunshine, of course, but also that very special provencal style. It’s not until you live year round in a region that you understand the charm of each season, and I have to say that I love the quiet of the fall and winter in Provence.
These pictures are from one of my very favourite places in Provence, the Château de Moissac Bellevue that is featured in my book as the home to my friends Marie Christine and Louis Cavaglioni. The exquisite 18th century chateau has been perfectly restored to its former glory and is a breathtaking setting for a winter celebration.
I love the neutral colour palette of the Provencal winter. Outside the vines stand without their leaves, the sky is often low and grey. The dusty red ground is echoed in the terracotta roof tiles. And inside these photos speak of a very different Christmas palette, that of a Noël in Provence. Rich with the simple traditions of the thirteen desserts; with huge candles, olive branches and pared down nativity scenes.
Of course, Provence is enchanting at any time of year, and the good news is that whether you prefer the winter calm or the summer fun, you have the opportunity to win a week in a very special place to stay. My dear friend Vicki Archer is running a fantastically generous giveaway: a chance to win a week at her beautiful holiday house, Le Petit Bijou.
Here is how the giveaway works:
The prize is one week’s accommodation staying at Le Petit Bijou in St Remy de Provence. The week can be booked anytime throughout 2017 or 2018 depending on availability. That gives you plenty of time to get excited and plan the trip, book the tickets and pack.
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Voila my friends, I hope that you enjoyed this little dip into the provencal festive season, and I wish you luck with Vicki’s giveaway. Thank you for reading me.