Posted on | May 17, 2012 | 20 Comments
Dining room overlooking a valley in Bonnieux.
We eloped and hopped a plane to Paris! After a few days in the city we took a train down to the Luberon region of Provence. We rented an apartment for a week in a large 15th century home in the hillside village of Bonnieux. The apartment had a huge kitchen and large dining table that looked out over a valley.
Every morning Greg went out for a run and then stopped at the village boulangerie for fresh croissants and a baguette. We ate breakfast at the large dining table overlooking the valley. During the day we shopped at local markets and farmstands for fresh produce. I found beautiful local strawberries, greens and heirloom tomatoes. I made salads, simple pasta dishes with fresh cheeses and bread for dinner. The experience was amazing.
When I travel I get tired of eating out and really start to crave simple meals. The kitchen in the apartment had everything I needed: oven, gas stove, full set of dishes, french press, fridge, utensils etc. A large dining table (above) was a beautiful spot for breakfast in the morning. At night I would open up all the windows to listen to the birds diving through the valley while I made dinner. It was magical, peaceful and serene.
The apartment is for rent on a weekly basis through Sharon and Paul of The Marston House in Wiscasset, Maine. The couple live in France during the winter months and spend their summers in Maine. Greg and I stayed at their Wiscaseet Bed & Breakfast last fall. I’ll be sharing more photos of their beautiful apartment in France expertly decorated by Sharon in the coming days. Stay tuned!
The Marston House
Breakfast in the apartment with fresh croissants and local strawberries.
View of dining room looking towards den and hallway to bedrooms.
Farmstand along the D900 in the Luberon region of Provence.
Vegetable for sale at the friday market in Bonnieux.
Fresh strawberries and fruits at market in Bonnieux.
Beans, tomatoes and greens at market in Bonnieux.
I opened the windows at dusk to listen to the birds while I cooked.
View from windows looking down to the terrace below.
Tile floor in dining room and worn rug in den.
View from windows looking down to the terrace and out to the valley.
Kitchen during the day with beautiful tiles and bowls covering the island.
Greg helping with dinner.
Breakfast table and fireplace in the kitchen.
Kitchen at dusk with the windows open.
Greg waiting for me to sit down for dinner. Sometimes we ate in the kitchen and some nights at the large dining table.