France

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello friends! Happy Friday and Happy Valentines's to you. I hope you are surrounded by the people you love. Hubby and I are going out for a much needed date night. Can't wait to get all prettied up and sip a fancy cocktail. I did splurge yesterday on a little gift to myself - this book - and I'm so pleased I did. I've already devoured half of it and I'm loving every page. If you were a fan of Eat, Pray, Love then you will LOVE Paris Letters by Janice Macleod. I'm so tickled with the book that I just subscribed to receive one of her magical, illustrated letters from Paris via her Etsy shop. Anyways...had to share this with you!

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Okay I'm off to get ready for my date....it takes a while these days! ;)

Much love to you all,

Ivy

P.S. I've been doing a ton of art so I promise to share more of it next week! More vintage treasures to show you too!

French Note Cards

Hello friends! Hope your Tuesday is less wet than mine! It is dumping rain outside. I have resolved to spend the afternoon creating a series of Paris inspired note cards...here is my first one...

What do you think? Should I add text to these? I'm thinking a series of six would do nicely.

A trip to Paris might be necessary...you know...for reference.

I wish!

More to come...

xo,

Escape to : Provence

As promised, I've got a little Friday escape for us. Ready? So, I've always wanted to go to the south of France...I mean, who doesn't?  Rolling fields of lavender, fabulous French cuisine, fantastic wine and the warm, golden light of the countryside. Sounds pretty perfect to me.

So today, that's where we are headed. I found us a tranquil estate just outside the little town of Cucuron.

Welcome to  the Le Pavillon de Galon -  a beautifully restored 18th century hunting pavilion, turned B & B, surrounded by vines, orchards, cherry and olive trees. Ahhh...do you smell all that lavender?

The gardens are simply superb...look at this field of irises!

Let's head inside and check out our room...there are only two guest rooms on the property so you feel like you own the place!

Lovely...let's go check out the kitchen!

You know very, very good things come out of a kitchen like this! The owners have regular cooking and wine tasting classes held here. Let's grab some fresh, warm bread, a platter of cheese and a bottle of wine and dine al fresco...

Ahh...the perfect spot. Let's picnic under these beautiful trees and enjoy the fragrant breeze. Oh. That rhymes...hee hee.

After our tummies are full we can take a little stroll into Cucuron to explore.... (click on photos for their links)

Cucuron © Valérie Loubet Cucuron, la Place et la Grande Fontaine, August 2010 Coin de Cucuron Cucuron street Cat in CucuronHow charming is this blue door? So pretty!

Cucuron MarketIn the center of town there is this pond (Bassin de l'etang) that dates back to the 14th century. It was used to supply water to a mill but now is the backdrop for many of the villages' events including a regular Market held every Tuesday morning.

Okay, well...we better head back for some R & R before dinner...I think a nap by the pool would do nicely. Yes, there's even an infinity pool at this place.

That concludes our little Friday escape to Provence. Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for coming along.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo,