Friday, December 26, 2014

perfect boxing day walk

A simple hours walk from home taking in the village, the windmill, then up to the reservoir, behind the chateau, and back down to the village and home.  Views that we never tire of. 

One smart pussy cat!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A little taste of Christmas

IIt's Christmas Eve, first stop to the Boulangerie to collect the bread order. It's a busy day with lots of pre orders especially for the buche de Noel, pictured below. Some people have larger orders than others!

Then down to Le Clerc where we buy our fish, the traditional Christmas Eve dinner comprises of a sea food platter notably shell fish with oysters, prawns, crab, smoked salmon and Bulot

Fresh crab and lobster `s, we witnessed one on the floor making an escape - yes they are still alive At this stage!

The tradition in Provence is to take 13 desserts, small, like a tasting menu, whilst on Christmas day after the traditional dinner its the buch de Noël , although I confess we will be going for a traditional Christmas pudding from the UK

And finally a kiss under the mistletoe! Happy Cristmas !

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Luberon Valley

Driving to Marseiile airport this morning I couldn't resist stopping to picture the mist in the valley. In the sun on our terrace it was 13 degrees whilst on the road between Joucas and Gordes just 3degrees. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's beginning to feel like Christmas!

Despite clear skies and unseasonal warm sunshine the decorations are up in the village

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Lunch on a winters day

Autumn has been a tad gloomy in Provence this year with frequent rainy days and unusually mild temperatures. We have missed the normal cold crisp days and blue skies.
But with such fine restaurants as Le Bistrot de Lagarde open there are worse ways to cheer one self up and meet friends!

Low clouds linger in the valley whilst the Lavender looks quite different to its summer spectacle.

Exquisitely executed food is served here, the mixed entrees are a great way to start, then we had balls stuffed with banon goats cheese served on a lovely salad, followed by this excellent dish of prime cod served with a carrot risotto, ginger and foam.

Le Bistrot de Lagarde won a well deserved Michelin star this year, the couple who run it, 
Lloyd Tropeano and his wife Laetitia are passionate about the food and service. 

A simple yet tasty dessert of rhubarb tart.
The lunch menu starts at 23€ for three courses or there is the a la carte starting at 38€. Excellent local wines from chateau Eydin start at 9€ for a half litre pichet.

The restaurant will be closed from 14th december until mid March for a well earned break, make sure you book in advance for next year!
What ever the weather you`ll be smiling when you experience the food, value and service at Le  bistrot de lagarde 

Monday, December 01, 2014

Visit the Carrières de Lumières before its too late!

Just outside Les Baux de Provence this quarry is the home to an annual display of amazing images set against wonderful music. 
The sequence takes about 30 minutes with the images covering the walls and floors creating a carpet of colour. 
This  years subject is Vienna and the artist Klimt. 
The show runs until January 4th when it closes to prepare for the next exhibition. 
If you have never experienced this show it's a real must do when in Provence, do take a cardigan though at its 15 degrees inside year round. entrance for adults is 10€.
The are further images and information here