A Summer in Provence

November 3, 2015

As winter sets in here in the northern hemisphere, it feels like a good time to reminisce on the summer that was - and probably start planning the next! We spent two weeks in Provence (Langeudoc-Roussillon if we're getting out the compass), although, as a reknown book will testify, a year probably would have been a better option.

We stayed in this stunning home we found on Homelidays and boy was it a good one. We wanted to move in here. Permanently. Everything was beautiful. The house, the garden, the furniture, the plates! No stone was left unturned and it made for a truly beautiful holiday experience. My notebook was full.

Just a 10 minute drive from the beautiful village of Uzès, about a half hour's drive from Avignon, we had heard great things from friends, and read excellent reviews online, and this charming, sun-drenched town definitely lived-up to its reputation.

I'd be lying if I said we didn't spend most of our time lounging by the pool at our villa, but we did venture into Uzès a few times to soak-up Provencal life. The food market at Place Aux Herbes (Wednesdays and Saturdays) is reknown across France and a must-see, but get there early to beat the crowds - and the heat! Shopping in Uzès is also excellent and I was surprised at how many wonderful interiors stores were on offer, selling that particular brand of chic Provencal style we all want to emulate. Les Affaires Etrangerès was my pick of the bunch, with an eclectic selection of ethnic and artisanal homewares and decor. I wanted one of everything. There were also many fabulous Brocante (Antique/Bric-A-Brac stores) in and around Uzès, where many a French vintage treasure can be found. Sadly, few had websites, but you will inevitably stroll past them on your wanderings.

If you're holidaying with kids and looking for a day trip in the area, La Bambouseraie (a sort of Botanical Garden of bamboo) and Pont du Gard (a spectacular ancient Roman aqueduct) are both wonderful.

So there it is, friends. A perfect summer in Provence that now seems like a distant memory, but will be in our memories forever.

Did you stay anywhere amazing this Summer past? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

{ All photographs by Kate Paillat for Maurice & King }

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