Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, August 23, 2010

Peter Mayle's house.... or non??

We were curious to see the house in the Luberon featured in Peter Mayles
book "A Year in Provence'
and had it on good authority that this was it!!
electronically operated gates at the entrance to the drive-way
indicated that perhaps we were right!!
(obviously the current owners did not want tourists invading
their little slice of paradise - fair enough!)

What a beautiful serene area - and I could imagine Peter with dogs in tow
heading off for a walk in the hills behind

Are these Faustin's grape-vines??
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A Tale of Two Cities said...

We have visited in this area in the past, but I did not have a clue about the location of Peter Mayle's house. I bet you did stumble upon it--so pretty around there.

Have a great week,

Anonymous said...

I love his books... Did you see the heavy stone table in the yard?

lovely pictures!


"All things French" said...

Cote Provence...:) no I couldn't see that big heavy table - I stood on tippy toe
looking- looking!!! but alas the olive trees have grown up too far and I couldn't see the courtyard Dratt!!

Neil and Susan Brown said...

I love his books! I'm sure he needs a gate for all the attention his book brought him. Looks like he's living the good life! :)

Jill said...
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Jill said...

That whole area is just like heaven, I adore it and your pictures have brought back lots of lovely holiday memories. (sorry after posting saw a terrible spelling mistake so I am posting again) I must concentrate!!
Jill x

Shell Sherree said...

The illustrated edition {with Paul Hogarth} is one of my favourite books. It's a while since I've visited it ~ you've prompted me to enjoy it all over again.

"All things French" said...

Shell-:) I didn't know there was an illustrated edition but will certainly try to fossick it out! The Luberon area is just superb ~ it's got this lovely golden haze and reminds me of the film "A Good year" which was written by Peter Mayle and filmed in this location.

Sciarada said...

Buongiorno Dianne, I have not read the book you mention but the place that your photos show is truly enchanting!
Your blog is beautiful!

Fleurette said...

Hello dear Dianne, thank you very much for your visit and nice comment!!!!!
Your blog is wonderful and very interesting!!!
I am glad to meet you!!!!!!
Have a very nice end summer
Fleurette from Prague

Angel's Attic said...

Hi, I've just come across your blog. I really enjoyed reading his books, years ago now though. I live in France now and p'haps I should re-read them.
Lovely photos.
Take care Nickyx

"All things French" said...

Hi Nicky ~ I have re-read the Peter Mayle books many times and every time I return to Provence I read "A Year In Provence" it whet's my appertite for that beautiful area of La Belle France.

ParisBreakfasts said...

it's always so much better when you can let yr imagination run wild...
Like rt now I'm imagining I'm painting in the Luberon next Spring...sigh

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Evocative post thank you Dianne!

Ooh I want to rush to the bookcase and read it all over again!
I've got such a battered old copy, lent to many friends prior to their European escapades.
I'll check out Dymocks for the illustrated version - I feel the need to be transported to Provence once more after a cold wet winter!!
Take care

Paulita said...

Has he left the Luberon behind? I imagined him continuing to live there. Why would you leave? Sounds and looks heavenly.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

Looks like a wonderful place and thanks for sharing. You would know why they would have the need for electronic gates.
On holiday my husband was reading Toujours Provence, and I must read it again. They are such good books.


"All things French" said...

Paulita :) No he hasn't left the Luberon behind
but shifted to another village - I think the book lovers arriving on his doorstep became too
much as you could imagine. xx


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