We were lucky to have a month-long house swap in Provence, just outside of Aix. The picture above is sunrise from our patio!

The house was gorgeous and in the pine forests there. Too far to walk into the small town but we had our little blue car lease and so just enjoyed the peace and quiet of being in the country.

Over the time there we found our favorite markets and produce stores and of course boulangeries for the “best” bread.


We did quite a lot of day trips with the favorites being Cassis, Sannary-Sur-Mer, Cannes, and Aix. A lot of our time though we just simply enjoyed the house and lovely gardens. For most of the time, Christian was with us, and then the last week, Erika and grandson Mark arrived. So we were happy with family time.

I celebrated my 60th birthday there and we went to a lovely Michelin starred restaurant where some of us ate too much and indulged in very expensive champagne.

We even visited the village that one of my favorite authors wrote about: Peter Mayle. All in all a lovely month.