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Haute Hotel

Yet another reason to love the south of France!

La Mirande in Avignon

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The hotel sits on the site of the 14th Century Cardinal’s residence directly across from

the Palais des Papes, home to six Popes during the 14th Century

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the La Mirande is as opulent (with typical Provencal restraint) on the inside as it is austere on the exterior

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the breakfast room echoes the provencal light…soft and warm

a magical way to start the day

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the atrium in the afternoon…tea, coffee or perhaps a glass of wine
plus conversation with a woman with a fascinating  history………



a lovely late evening meal to discuss the days delights


then off to my room for the night



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window thrown open to enjoy the balmy June evening air and sounds from the cobbled street below

if you look closely you can just see a single arch of the Palais des Papes across the way

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an exquisite experience on many levels!!!

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The wisdom of Provence

Spending part of this hot afternoon reliving, through words and drawings in my journal, and photos, a garden tour of Provence.  Seven years have passed, but much of what I recorded regarding the gardens and their creators remains fresh, relevant and so very creative.

Dominique Lafourcade

Les Confines

“people who mix beautiful and useful have done something wonderful”

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Nicole de Vesian

La Louve

from her top 10 tips*:

#7      a garden should be seen seated – use a chair when planning

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#8     think in diagonals


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*as quoted by Louisa Jones


Alain-David Idoux

‘sculptor of landscapes’ and ‘land artist’

La Chabaude

…the bench by Alain is “sculpted out of local stone and cement.  For the armrests, he took an arch from the door of a dismantled bread kiln on the property, cut it into two pieces, and turned them upside-down.”*

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*quoted from Land Art in Provence


Marc Nucera

‘tree surgeon’ and ‘wood sculptor’

La Verriere

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Monsieur Rolet

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organic solution to worms in the olive:

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“boil nettles, harvested or purchased, cool and spray on – helps to fight aphids on roses, as well”

(all photographs original –  by the author)

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Provence inspires once again…

There seems no end to the delight that is Provence…….lanterns, gardens, chandeliers…..the effortless look of the interiors

be it the music room

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the entry

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the kitchen

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the study

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the sitting room

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the library

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or the home office

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all exquisitely imperfect in their perfection

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Working on a project for a client…..I search my photos for images….. Once again the magic that is Provence provides inspiration.

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Provence never disappoints!

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Dreaming of Provence

Our days have turned gray and damp after a taste of summer weather.  My thoughts have turned to gardens in the spring – specifically, those I have visited in Provence.

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I hope you enjoyed your brief get-away to France!

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