As the Spring wildflowers give way to the blooming lavender, I present to you my Spring wildflower cyanotype series for 2019. A big thank you to Nicky at the NG Creative Art Residency in Eygalières that allowed me to use the studio space and exhibit there.
Our House in Maussane is up for sale
*The house has since been sold!
We have decided to put up our house in Maussane-les-Alpilles, as seen on the Househunters International show, for sale. We’re hoping to start a new renovation project sometime soon. This house is a perfect pied-à-terre for someone wanting to experience Provencal village life in the heart of Les Alpilles.
Maussane-les-Alpilles is a small Provencal village of 2000 residents, located 10 minutes from Saint Remy de Provence and right next to Les Baux de Provence. At the foot of Les Alpilles national park, the surrounding scenery is stunning with olive groves and vineyards for miles. Maussane also has many restaurants, some of which are the best restaurants in the region.
Our charming house is 3 blocks away from the centre square in the historic centre of the village. You’ll find a wine cave, artisan cheese monger, organic vegetable store and fresh fishmonger at the end of the street. Maussane also has three bakeries and a weekly market! This village has all the chic of Saint Remy, while being lesser-known.
- The house is 38 square metres (409 square feet) with a small attic for storage and a small courtyard (about 9 square metres/95 square feet).
- Built in the late 1700s, part of a traditional Mas longue or long farmhouse. The house is the end parcel.
- Electric radiator heating (possibility of installing a reversible heater/air conditioning unit)
- Newly renovated with up to date French building code (new electrics and plumbing)
- Renovated using traditional provencal methods with re-claimed materials
- High ceilings with beams (about 7-8 feet)
- Exposed original stone
- Configuration: Downstairs kitchen and living room, upstairs bedroom and bathroom.
- Street Parking
- 25 minutes south of TGV Avignon, 10 minutes from Saint Remy, 45 minutes from Marseille airport
Contact Ashley about our Provence village house for sale at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
The Curious Guide to Lavender in Provence
You either love lavender or you hate it. The essence is used for insomnia, headaches, to cleanse cuts or insect bites, deter mosquitoes and more. Despite it’s uses though, there’s no denying that it’s absolutely stunning in the plant form, and oh so iconic of our beloved Provence.
You can see, prance and document the rows and rows of lavender that seem to go on forever in various shades of purple as long as you plan your trip to Provence during the lavender season, which is sadly quite short. Farmers have to cut the flowers when they’re at their peak for producing the essential oil.
If you can’t make it during the season, I have to say that’s there’s PLENTY more to see here in Provence. But if your heart only beats for purple…
Fort Buoux Ruins in the Luberon
Fort Buoux, in the Luberon, is an ancient site that is definitely worth a visit. Lesser known than some of the main attractions of the Luberon, you’ll find yourself on a winding road, at this time of year in the fog, that feels a little like the middle of nowhere. But this site was inhabited by pre-neathderthals, then Celtic peoples and the the persecuted Vaudois from Piemonte. The site hasn’t been inhabited for about 300 years. The layers of history are fascinating even though all you can see now are remnants.
Located in the Aiguebrun valley, the fortress remains were built in the early middle ages on top of a Ligurian-Celtic oppidum (fortified Iron Age settlement). You’ll find the ruins on top of a plateau high in the Luberon mountains about 10km south of Apt. Follow the signs for Fort Buoux that will take you to a parking lot, and from there it’s a 15 minute walk to the house where you can buy a ticket.
Hot Air Ballooning in Provence: The Ultimate Day Out?
A couple months ago we were invited on a hot air balloon ride with AeroProvence. I think Tom, the owner, felt obligated with my enthusiastic likes and comments on all his instagram posts of fields and fields of lavender. His little hot air balloon business has become quite well known now from all of his instagram posts, he told me he’s had to get an instagram manager now so they can manage his account whilst he takes people on trips. Experiencing a ride in a hot air ballon has always been a dream of mine.
We slept for about 3 hours after a crazy week before driving the 1.5 hours to our liftoff spot. We arrived, amazingly early, and ate croissants in the car in the pitch black parking lot while watching the others arrive, equally a little confused in the darkness.
The experience is only possible if you leave very early in the morning. This is to take advantage of the best meteorological conditions. I can say it doesn’t hurt either that as soon as you’re in the sky you’re treated to the sunrise from behind the mountains. If you are interested in taking balloon rides, you might be interested in trying something like Napa Valley Balloons as the ultimate day out.