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! 🙂
So another friend of mine had a big birthday and quite sensibly decided on a heroes and villains themed fancy dress party!
The Mr decided to go as Doctor Who so I went as the Tardis!
Not the most comfy costume but it was amazing!
Here is the making below!
I have just returned from a week in the south of France! Everything from the food to the weather was excellent!
I tried frogs legs which were a bit weird! Like fishy chicken!
But the local drink Floc is AMAZING!!! It’s Armagnac mixed with grape juice!
It’s served ice cold as pre dinner drinks!
It’s name is geographically protected so can only be called Floc if its been made in the Gascony region!
Here’s my view from the sun lounger!