Our Airbnb at the second location..had a dream garden.
The owners built their home 16 yrs ago..
..and Rémy,the husband..devoted a lot of blood sweat and tears to this gorgeous garden.
The olive trees are over 100 yrs old..
the gardens..and home..are maintained to a "T".
My father..for some reason..nicknamed me the Immaculate Conception..(until I turned 17)..
This home was that.
We stayed in an annex..a small apartment adj. to their home.
It was built for her aging parents.
2 Airbnbs we stayed in..we were in annexes built for aging parents.
It is completely natural..and there is no question about doing so it seems in France..in the countryside.
Completely natural they said.
I fully understand the kindness as I have witnessed it first hand..
but completely natural?
But once the parents die:( What to do w/ that space?They asked themselves..
So some rent them out as Airbnbs.
As I said ..gardens..home and annex..spotless.SPOTLESS.
It let us explore the area..w/out having to leave from St-Rémy.
Although in retrospect..all can be done from St-Rémy up to here..
We had a heck of a time finding our Airbnb though..it's not our town..it's a small town..the GPS was great but the streets were extremely narrow and uphill and downhill..
again..experienced drivers in conditions like these..it may be a breeze..but we are not..the turns are not 90 degrees..more like 70..
a neighbor was so nice..she walked us up and showed us where.
Imagine my contentment in finding that garden.
And lovely hosts.
So sweet..pleasant..kind..they had us over for wine and appetizers..delicious.
Poms literally dripping from a tree:)
If you are looking for a life of luxury and being catered to..Airbnbs are not for you.
But I prefer them to hotels...well the usual hotels we stay at;)
Of course I prefer a private home;)
RE Airbnbs..not specifying any but having just stayed in a few..
One thing I do not get is the cleaning fee ..because I usually leave anywhere we go in the same manner we found it in..exactly..or better.So it should be built into the price per week.
If I had an Airbnb.
But worse ..a sheet fee? Why pay for sheets?We're not taking them home lol.And not cheap..enough to buy a new set of sheets.
I would question that next time..
Just suggesting to you..
It was our first experience.
I want one..up above♥
And look..no grass? Just raking..No weeds it seemed and no perennials.
I wanted to come home..rip out my cottage gardens and opt for these.
Our first market there was the Saturday..in Apt.
LOL Pebble Beach and Marthas Vineyard.
We really look French Canadian don't we?:)
I am the French dresser..
See his happy face?
We had a waitress that was out of a movie♥
She was maybe 20..charming..askew..scattered..
yet it did not matter.
You would not believe the service..some got grumpy..we reveled.
It's a holiday!
The Apt market is lovely..and busy.But ISLS..? BUSIER.
I did buy some powdered ochres there and loved my shopkeeper..even more the French woman in her 80's now living in Australia because of her daughter and grandchildren..who bought the same ochres I did and a travel set for an artist friend of hers.
You would have never believed she was in her 80's..not because she has been cosmetically enhanced..but her joie de vivre and sheer brilliance.
If you think the above is busy..as I mentioned above...
I didn't even get a pic..would have needed a ladder..
On the homefront..
my calendars have arrived:)
I love tabletop day by day..Mary E..
But on the wall in my craft room..I love my Susan..and now that I have met her..even more♥.
In the kitchen...
I made these:)Cute enough or what?♥
Don't rely on the cooking directions..after the first 30 mins mine
were NEAR done..I left them in the oven w/ the garlic..and yes..that's a good thing..put the garlic on top after..
Hasselbacks are always pretty..minis?
Nickel as they say on French cooking shows♥