Time is something that there never seems to be enough of, from my perspective balancing the pressures and demands of every day life is always a challenge and it constantly feels as if I am running against the clock.
That said, I have been visiting Provence annually for several years now along with Hannah and the rest of my family. The languid quality of life that the area has to offer makes it enormously appealing as a place to slow down and find the time to just be.
Sometimes we need to retreat in order to move forward.
So we found ourselves here again experiencing the magic of this beautiful region – the breathtaking lavender fields, sleepy villages with their own peaceful squares, olive groves in and amongst the mountains and an overall feeling of space and tranquility. I particularly adore the pale stone buildings with their well-worn pastel shutters – a restful patina which is unique to the area and indicative of how the buildings have stood the test of time.
Hannah and I always grasp this opportunity to visit as many flea markets and antique stores as possible. This usually involves particularly early starts but this small trade off is far outweighed by the wonderful gifts that always await us.
We’ll be publishing some more detailed features on the flea markets that we love, including the markets at Villeneuve-les-Avignon and L’Isle sur la Sorgue, so stay tuned!