Because when you can stay in a place like this, why would you ever stay in a hotel?!?!

When planning my trip to France, I reached out to a friend that had been to Provence numerous times. Among the many links she sent along, one of them was for this charming villa. One look at the soothing decor, incredible views, and OMG the pool (!) and I knew I had to stay there. Fortunately for me, the owners graciously rented me the two floor duplex for the same price as the studio. It was an absolute dream waking up everyday to sunlight pouring in, enjoying my latte (thanks to the in unit Nespresso!) by the pool, and spending the evenings sipping rosé and nibbling on cheese and bread on my personal patio. Heaven. Absolute heaven.

And then that tub. The pictures don’t do it justice, so just imagine the deepest, most luxurious soaking tub. I took a few long, late night baths with Carla Bruni humming in the background, naturally. Just Google one song aaaaand…..#AmericanGirlInFranceCliché. Whatever. It was such fun.

If you find yourself in Provence, I can’t recommend this sweet spot enough. It was the perfect place to completely disconnect. It’s also the official venue of my future wedding. You heard it here first!

Next up? 10 things to do in Paris, which as you likely guessed, mostly involve EATING. xx Clara

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  1. Absolutely breathtaking. My great aunt and uncle have a cottage in Caunes-Minervois, and your photos reminded me just how perfect the French countryside is… makes me want to book my flight back there ASAP! I haven’t been to France since 2008! So glad you enjoyed the “unplugging” and the “you time”! xx

  2. What gorgeous photos! Anyway, I love your food blog! Please check out mine and let’s connect?


  3. La Torontoise

    Clara, thank you for the recommendation. Yes, it’s gorgeous. Love it! Since 2004 my husband and I give us such a treat and the experiences brought us to the point of considering buying our very own place… you know, you can never get enough of Provence. Could be because I lived in cold places for my work (Toronto, and right now in Holland where summer is consistently cold and rainy), but any time I’m in the South of France, no matter how long I stay, my life there makes me want more of it…

    I just returned from a 2 week vacation in Tuskany, Florence (this is why I did not read your posts earlier: -)
    we visited musiums (I’m a religeous art fan) and toured the Chianti vwinemaking medieval villages and historical sites, was a great experience too, but there is some sort of uniqueness to the South of France which no other place could replicate…

    I look forward to the posts that would follow on your blog!
    All the best!

  4. La Torontoise

    P.S. With a little child, this kind of accommodation is a lot more practical than staying in a hotel…

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