Monday, October 3, 2011

Back to Sablet

I am so excited because we are headed to Provence and to our village in the Vaucluse in a few days. I can't wait to be back in our house in the center of Sablet within earshot of the Church of St Nazaire bells and a few steps from the fountain at Place Yvan Audouard.

As you know, we usually have family members or friends visit and this time is no exception; we are meeting up with dear friends from Michigan who are making their first trip to Provence. We are looking forward to showing off our favorite villages, going to the markets, tasting wine and of course we plan to eats lots of good food.

My favorite thing about our Sablet House is the large Provencal yellow kitchen with all the counter space for prepping food and cabinets for storage with the adjoining terrace where we eat on nice days. As you can imagine, my being a foodie and all, and loving to cook and entertain, the kitchen is fully equipped with everything I need for cooking and baking.

At one end of the kitchen, there is a cozy seating area in front of a fireplace where we have aperitifs, read, do puzzles, nap, watch videos, and play on our computers. Although we have a large living room or parlor (depending upon where you come from) with a large fireplace and TV, we spend more time in the kitchen than anywhere else.

In addition to the kitchen, I really like our cozy bedroom with the walk-in closet that looks like it might originally have been designed to be a bathroom. For those of you who have been to our house, you will notice we have added a few things to the bedroom.

I love the light and airy feeling of the bedroom, especially in the morning when we fling open the doors and shutters and the morning sun and fresh air stream in. With 9 hours time difference between Sablet and Northern California, early morning in Sablet is late evening in California, so we lay in bed and talk to our kids and catch up on the grand kids latest accomplishments and mischief.

Shirley works hard to keep the backyard beautiful at home in Northern California. Its nice to look out the bedroom window and see the hot tub and flowers throughout the year and carefully cultivated raised garden beds. I should mention that she has harvested a bumper crop of tomatoes, beets, salad greens, squash and soon pumpkins and broccoli from her garden; but I digress.

No matter how much work she does, the view from our bedroom window in Northern California over the backyard and back of our neighbor's house can't compare to the beautiful scenery from our bedroom terrace in Sablet towards the Dentelles de Montmirail.

We love our house and the village of Sablet and feel so blessed to be able to come several times a year. We feel good knowing that the guests who go there fall in love with the house, beautiful village and Sabletains (residents of Sablet are called Sabletains).

If you are interested in finding out how to make our house your home for a short or long séjour (stay) in Provence, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Bonne journée mes amis et à très bientôt.


  1. I love the kitchen with the exposed beams. Beautiful!

  2. Have a great trip. Love your kitchen. One day I will show you a photo of mine think you would love that as well :) Take care Diane

  3. Fabulous kitchen - just to think of what I could bake in that ....... !!

  4. Welcome back ! The weather in Provence is delightful at the moment, I hope it stays this way !

  5. Oh, the joy of having a finished house! I am so jealous and hope one day my provencal house looks just as gorgeous! I hope you have a safe journey here and a great time. Maybe the weather will hold for a few more days!

  6. Real Estate Taxes - Thanks for checking in on my blog and for leaving a comment. I love that kitchen too.

    Diane - Thank you. I look forward to seeing your kitchen, what can I say, I am foodie and love kitchens.

    Jean - Thanks for checking in on my blog and for posting a comment. So what would you bake? I am most interested?

    Nathalie - Thank you. I haved been watching the weather and it has been fabulous. I hope it lasts.

    Ashley - Thanks so much. With the way you and Dude are working on your house, you will have a beautiful kitchen very soon.

    Barbara - I will be looking for you. Maybe we can have a cup of coffee and catch up.

  7. Ohhh..your home is gorgeous! I can see why you're so excited to get back to Sablet :) Have a tres bon voyage Michel & looking forward to your upcoming trip posts.

  8. Tuula - Thanks Tuula. We got to Sablet last evening. We drove down from Geneva, raining all the way till we crossed over into Provence and the sky was clear and lots of sunshine...thanks to the Mistral which was blowing. We are so happy to be back.

  9. Welcome back to France :-))) Your house is very beautiful. One of my American friends wants to come and live in Provence. I must mention your blog to him. Bon séjour à Sablet !

  10. Marie - Thank you so much for both the welcome and nice feedback about our house. Provence is a fabulous place, I feel so wonderful when we are here. A bientot.

  11. What a beautiful home you have! That kitchen is a dream come true.

  12. Sorry to have missed you and Shirley, I just wanted to tell you how much several of my CuisinedeProvence guests who stayed at your house loved it!

  13. Camille - Thanks. We love our kitchen and we cook a lot of meals there.

    Barbara - I am so sorry we didn't catch up with you during our visit this time. We looked for you at the market both Tuesdays but to no avail. We will definitely schedule time on our next visit.