We leave for France on Tuesday, arriving in Marseille on Wednesday morning, via Frankfort. It is our first time flying on Lufthansa, which I’ve heard is a very nice airline.
This time we will have our five weeks in one trip. Each of the ten couples who share the lovely house in Mirabel aux Baronnies gets five weeks, but it is usually split into three/two week periods. We feel lucky to get it all at once.
It is not so warm this time of year in Mirabel, but December and January have their own charms. We will be spending a few days in both Aix en Provence and Avignon to visit the Christmas festivities — fairs, parades, special soup events, santons (small Provencal dolls) stalls, and more. It is a very festive time and we are looking forward to it all.
We will also spend a few days in a small fishing town on the Mediterranean, hoping to catch more sun. It is also close to a French wine district, Bandol, famous for its rose wines. We are intending to ship some wine home, as well as put some in our wine cellar at the house in Mirabel. And finally, eat some boulliabaise.
And speaking of wine, the town right across the Ouveze River from Mirabel, Vinsobres, is home to 17 wineries. Our goal is to visit all of them!
Here’s a map of “our” part of Provence called the Drome/Vaucluse because is spans two departments. Mirabel is on the top right. You can just see the bottom of the name, Nyons to the north, and Vaison-la-Romaine to the south. Those are the two small cities/large towns we know best and we look forward to exploring them even more.
Avignon is on the bottom right. And right in the center is Gigondas, a charming town, producing some of the best wine in France.
We are very lucky to be able to spend time in such an interesting part of the world.
See you in France!