As my friend Mari is here visiting me from the States I thought I would show her my neck of the woods. Mari loves France... she knows it pretty well, and there aren't too many places she doesn't know already. Thankfully, she loves to see it over and over again.
Often people ask me if I ever grow accustom to the beauty of Provence.
Heck no! It never ceases to amaze me. I am a tourist in my own back yard.
Cotignac is a post card village. Full of charm, winding streets, colorful facades, great cafes and a wonderful open market every Tuesday morning.
It is also where my good friend Josephine lives.
We went to her home for lunch: Velvety broccoli soup, spinach goat cheese quiche, tomato salad, the most delicious almond caramel flan and red wine.
What I love about living in France: Good friends, good food and the happy wobble of my hips when I walked down the cobblestones street.
I cannot get enough of French facades.
Or antique shops nestled in small places with fountains overflowing adding to the mood.
How could I grow accustom to this? I am in "Soul Ville" soaking it in daily.
Mari has the same bug as me.
AND she is getting the Brocante Bug too.
Many of you ask me when is the best time to come to France.
Anytime is my answer.
It really depends what you like or want to see:
Warm weather? Come in July, August, September;
The vines changing color? The end of October or November.
The red poppies? Best around May.
The lavender fields? End of June but not later than July.
The best time for the flea markets? Anytime really. But if I had to pick one month.... September.
I hope this facade is never repainted.
The Provence tour continues.
What reminds you of Provence, or France?
My top Six Favorite Provencal Villages:
Isle sur la Sorgue for antiques.
Apt for the best open market.
Bonnieux for the best photos of a perched village.
Cotignac for friendship.
St Remy for a taste of everything French in a nutshell.
Cassis for the cliff and best view of the sea.