When I was in the South of France I went for a day out in the town of Grasse!
It’s like the perfume centre of France!
Even the streets are fragranced with a perfumed water mist!
So I found this little shop and the lovely lady in there made me try lots of perfumes and came up with L’Or Blanc that just happens to smell exactly like a vanilla macaroon! Amazing!
I hadn’t even told her that I like to stay on the scale of edible when it comes to perfumes!
Check out the perfume company here!
I stayed at the 4 star Abbaye de Maizières in Beaune, France. It was founded in the 12th century!
As you can see it’s absolutely stunning!
I was ever so slightly confused when I started to flick through my complimentary issue of Vogue only to find it was written in Japanese!
We didn’t eat at the Hotel restaurant, where the chef has a Michelin star none the less.
But we did eat in a heavenly restaurant in the town of Beaune, that is based in a wine cellar where I discovered a neat little drink called “The Cardinal”!
You pour a big slosh of Cassis in a wine glass then top with chilled red wine!
Sounds crazy but it most absolutely works!
We made a day trip to Cannes which is just down the road from our villa here on the Côte d’Azur!
The yachts are beautiful and the beaches are amazing!
I had a gorgeous Provençal king prawn penne for my lunch accompanied by a Kir Peche to drink!
We spent a day in a lovely little medieval town called Cagnes-Sur-Mer which is in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur area in the south of France!
Beautiful place with an impressive castle which was unfortunately filled with an exhibition of the most vile modern art I’ve ever seen!
Check out the cute kitty I found!
On our way down to the South of France we stopped over night at the Chateau d’Ige!
It’s a beautiful hotel first built in 1235 in the south of Bergundy!
I felt like a Princess as my room was in a turret and I had the hugest bed ever with a glorious bath tub in the bathroom!
I stayed in the Comtesse room!
Dinner was an unexpectedly lavish affair!
We were served amuse bouche before my beautiful starter of fish tartare arrive complete with its caviar dressing! Beautiful!
I then had turmeric monkfish in a lobster sauce!
For the dessert course I chose Sable Framboise!
We were also served petit fours!
Next came the cheese course and I discovered a very awesome and very mouldy cheese from Corsica! Nom nom nom!
It was all finished off with a tiny coffee, Armagnac and molten chocolate truffles!
Oh baby! I could have stayed there for a week! 🙂
By the time you’re all reading this I shall be off to the South of France! 🙂
Today we had a visit from some lovely folk from Oxford University to our own fair Cambridge University!
We had lovely drinks in a sunny college courtyard before moving into the great hall for our lunch!
We dined on salmon, guinea fowl and creme brûlée! Divine!
We then headed off for a private tour of the roof of Kings College chapel before heading to another of Cambridge’s gorgeous colleges to play bowls!
We then retired to another hall for tea and sandwiches!
My gorgeous new skirt that I’m wearing in the photo was actually from Primark! At £12 it was a steal!
Yesterday myself and the Mr had a little day trip to Windsor!
I’m all about the castle so that’s where we went!
I’m OBSESSED with Queen Mary’s Doll House. It’s such a sight to see!
It was designed by the leading architect of his day Sir Edwin Lutyens!
Many leading manufacturers of the day donated tiny versions of things to the dolls house!
No photography allowed inside so here’s a link to the website, where you can read all about it!
We went around the state apartments and had a wee look in the chapel, where my history hero Henry VIII is buried!
We also watched the Royal Marines on guard duty at the castle!
The castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and has its own barracks! Cool!
We then went to Windsor Great Park, which is breathtakingly beautiful, and relaxed on a picnic blanket for a couple of hours!