I know what you're thinking. I swear, I really do. Sunny Provence again??? Here we are, well into Fall and while pretty much everyone everywhere eagerly turned the calendar page and has been happily preoccupied with visions of pumpkins, apple pies, spiced cider, bonfires and beautifully colored falling leaves, here I am stuck in some kind of summer time warp, still waxing poetic about lovely lazy summer days in Provence. (But just look at it! Can you blame me?)
Oddly, while it now seems a zillion days ago since we returned, it is incredible to think that these images of blue skies and sunshine were taken just a few short weeks ago! How is that for an Indian summer! Just another thing to love about the South of France.
MARKET DAY IN LOURMARIN
Weekly markets abound in this region and you can find much pretty much any size and type to match your interests and needs. I personally think the festive Lourmarin Friday market is one of the most enjoyable and best in the area. With a fabulous mix of fresh produce, artisan cheeses, wine tasting, live music, arts & crafts and gorgeous vintage goods like silverware and jewelry, there really is something for everyone.
LA PLACE des DELICES
Place du Moulin, Rue du Temple, 84160
SO much more than a sumptuous patisserie and shop, this hidden gem set in a tranquil fountained courtyard behind one of the town's main squares transforms into an intimate upscale evening restaurant. Chef Jeremie Pinto's exquisite tasting menu was hands down one of the best meals we have had in Provence, or anywhere else for that matter. Honestly, do yourself a favor and don't miss it.
LA MAISON CAFE
2 Montee du Galinier, Lourmarin, 84160
As with everything in Lourmarin, this cafe & bar possesses an essential chameleon ability to transform itself from a laid back sun-filled terrace in the afternoon, to a dark and sultry den of cool designed for sipping champagne and listening to live music under the stars. You probably won't feel like you're still in Provence, but you could easily be convinced you were on the riviera, and isn't that just reason enough to pay it a visit?
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Lourmarin in the Luberon. (I dare you to say that three times fast...) If you liked what you saw of St. Remy, you are sure to develop a pretty serious crush on this village. Lourmarin is like St. Remy's hip younger sister. The Pippa Middleton to St. Remy's Kate. The puckish Harry to the more refined Wills. (I'm running out of royal analogies but you get the idea!) Where St. Remy epitomizes the classic natural charm of Provence, Lourmarin shows its slightly more eclectic side with some wonderful galleries, street art, buzzing little cafes that turn cocktail lounges in the evening and a festive main square routinely filled with the sounds of people and live jazz.
So that's it for now, I promise. No more time warp. Believe me, I can not wait to jump in full force and catch up with the Fall festivities that have been going on all around me (and yes OF COURSE the cooking!! I promise there is some fab-u-lous and fun Autumn comfort food I can't wait to get experimenting on!) But first I just needed to enjoy one last glimpse of sun. One last blue sky. One last memory of warm breezes, lazy days and the smell of rosemary and thyme wafting gently by. Come on admit it, you're thisclose to jumping on that plane. Au revoir for now!