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The end of winter slowly nearing here in France has us thinking forward to the soon-to-be sunny and blossoming vistas of one of our absolute favorite vacation destinations: Provence.
Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, Provence captivates the hearts of travelers from around the world with its unparalleled charm. From the lavender fields that stretch as far as the eye can see to the quaint villages perched atop rolling hills, Provence is a land of timeless beauty and intrigue.
Discover a few of our very favorite things about this special region and read to the end for an inside look at our exclusive tour heading there this year…
Each summer, the countryside bursts into a sea of purple, filling the air with a sweet, intoxicating fragrance. The sight of endless rows of lavender, swaying gently in the breeze, is a sight to behold and a photographer’s dream. Visitors flock to the region to witness this natural spectacle and get immersed in the calming ambiance that pervades the landscape.
The proof in Provence’s mesmerizing beauty has been reproduced in countless masterpieces. Having long been a haven for artists seeking inspiration, the region’s picturesque landscapes and vibrant colors have drawn the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse, who found solace and creativity in its tranquil surroundings. Today, the legacy of these artists lives on in the numerous galleries, museums, and studios that dot the area, providing visitors with a glimpse into the region’s rich artistic heritage.
One of the true joys of exploring Provence is discovering its enchanting villages, each possessing its own unique character and charm. From the hilltop village of Gordes, with its stunning views of the Luberon Valley, to the medieval town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, with its cobbled streets and numerous art galleries, every corner of Provence offers a new adventure waiting to be uncovered. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the bustling markets, centuries-old architecture, and simple pleasures of life in these idyllic villages that seem frozen in time.
Despite its modern amenities and cosmopolitan allure, Provence remains deeply rooted in tradition. Whether you’re watching a lively game of pétanque in the town square or savoring the intoxicating smells of locally grown herbs and spices at a village market, you’ll find that the spirit of Provence permeates every aspect of daily life. It’s a place where time seems to stand still, allowing visitors to slow down, savor the moment, and reconnect with the beauty of the natural world.
Provence is not only a feast for the eyes but also for the palate. The region is celebrated for its delicious, local cuisine sourced from the fertile land and sea that surround it. From freshly caught seafood along the Mediterranean coast to hearty dishes featuring locally grown produce, every meal in Provence is a culinary delight. Traditional dishes such as bouillabaisse, ratatouille, and pissaladière pair back perfectly to a glass of the region’s renowned rosé wine, making it clear why Provençal cuisine is revered the world over.
Discover Provence with MFCH
If you want to explore this dreamy destination but don’t know where to start, you’re in luck.
This June, we will be hosting a tour to an unforgettable week in Provence. We are delighted to be teaming up again with Lucy Hunter for this special trip – a best-selling author, extraordinary floral stylist, an award-winning landscape designer and a gifted artist.
Together with MFCH Founder Sharon Santoni, these impressive women will be sharing their talents and experiences of reinvention and creativity in an intimate setting in this stunning region. Guests on the tour will not only get to explore the perched stone villages, gorgeous markets, lavender fields, delicious meals and French antique fairs, but also have the opportunity to relax, design with flowers and get creative in optional photography and painting workshops.
Hosted at the Bastide du Mourre, the 17th century property was entirely refurbished and opened in the spring of 2023, making this the perfect destination to get comfortably immersed into the historic region. The latest addition to the esteemed Domaine de Fontenille Hotel Collection, the extensive property offers an unobstructed view over the countryside and the hills beyond. The grounds include a pool, tennis court and wonderful wooden cabins, where guests can book a massage and spa services with a view onto oak trees through large bay windows. Ideally situated in the heart of the Luberon region, the tour will visit nearby hilltop villages, antique fairs, enjoy local markets and much more.
If you are interested in joining our tour to Provence this June, please send an email to our Travel Manager Alizée at firstname.lastname@example.org. We only have a couple spots left!