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Old farmhouse in Provence..

Driving from the Italian border through "Alpes-de-Haute-Provence", we reached the small town of Forcalquier, just in time for a short coffee break before we continued to Apt, another beautiful town where a provenÇal market is held every Saturday morning. It takes many enjoyable hours to see this market, as there are kilometers of streets packed with stalls.

A picturesque building like this is the perfect place for dreaming and inspiration! Inside, you find impressive old timber beams and terracotta flooring, which create an atmosphere of rustic French farmhouse. 

Located in a small hamlet called Les Beaumettes, between Coustellet and Roussillon, was our holiday home during our stay in Provence. Set amongst the ruins of an old farm building with its beautiful dry stone walling. 

As you walk through the laneway, you see this stunningly superb view! I just love the fact that those houses are build from natural limestone and have been there for centuries. I think  the rustic look and the irregularity of buildings make this place full of character. An open invitation to return.

Simple stone stairways lead you inside this farmhouse, which has magnificent old wooden beams revealing the original stone walls. Les Beaumettes was a strategic place for us from which to visit markets in the area and of course the antique market of L'Isle sur-la-Sorgue every Sunday!

We found that the locals here were so welcoming and with my broken French, I think I could survive very well. We even found this friend wandering the old cobbled street...bonjour!



Chateau de la Tour

From Paris we took the A5, direction Lyon, then A19 to Courtenay and continued our journey via the E15 to Auxerre. After a while we arrived in Bourgogne ... very beautiful scenery with many famous vineyards! 


From Auxerre to Avallon towards Quarre-Les-Tombes and continuing to Mont Sauche-les-Settons, driving through a national park full of European trees (oaks, pines, silver birch and lots of mistletoe!), we arrived in a small village called La Petite Verriere, and found this ....

I think it is so pretty! Have a look at the colour!! ..........a delicate palette of earthy hues. 

August to September is my favourite time to be  in France, the end of a busy season and the weather is quite mild. There is nothing like quietly wandering through a typical French village, occasionally stopping for a coffee or glass of local wine!

Soon after we had a wonderful breakfast with fresh croissants, cheeses, homemade yoghurt and jam at the Chateau, we drove to the historical city of Beaune via  a beautiful road known as "La Route des Vins Grand Cru". From the sounds of the name, you can imagine the endless vineyards of Bourgogne! 

To read more about the area of Beaune, check this site




Perfect hideaway...

I found this place in the Perigord Noir and it is the perfect's part of a country house that I showed you on my earlier post. The garden is full of shady corners from centuries old oak trees, chestnuts, cypresses, London Plain and fig trees.....

 Even more magnificent with a view like this from inside!.....

I love the feeling of this rustic country home, with it's massive wooden beams and lime stone.
You can imagine when the rain comes, the sound of raindrops on that gravel....



A home in a country...

Here is  a snapshot of a French country home in the Perigord-Noir, where people have lived for well over 30 generations! Sitting in the kitchen sharing a cup of tea with the current owners one realises that the feeling in this home can only be created over many centuries of time. 

Combination of limestone, slate roof, old timber and shutters make this home "fairy tale"!

Off white timber windows and soft pink shutters, with wrought iron lanterns and staircase...

Enchanted garden! This is my dream......



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