We were all greeted by a glorious day in France as the ladies boarded the TGV in Paris and the hosts prepared to greet them upon arrival in Provence at the Aix-en-Provence TGV station. With all the ladies arriving on the same train, it meant that ‘Big Bertha’ (the suitcase) and friends had to ride in a supplementary vehicle to make room in the VIP van for the re-unionists (yes, that is a word!) for the trip to the chateau.
The ride to the chateau passed by sights familiar to our returning guests, as the Luberon Valley showed off some of its lush autumn scenery.
The van was filled with an air of simmering excitement as the ladies keenly anticipated their arrival at their new home for the next two weeks; an upgrade to a stunning chateau amidst the vineyards on the edge of Lourmarin! And no-one was disappointed upon arrival at the magnificent old chateau, some vowing that they were moving in permanently! (More on the chateau later)
The afternoon was spent exploring the chateau and grounds, getting lost amongst the twists and turns of the corridors and stairways, unpacking, settling in and, of course, eating and taking a glass or two of rose. Kym had prepared a delicious grazing platter to stave off hunger until dinner time. And what group of Provencal recidivists would be complete without matching had-sewn aprons, created form Parisian fabric especially for the occasion.
Following a relaxing afternoon, it was time to take a seat in the dining room to savour a sensational welcome dinner (prepared by Kym) of poulet in creamy wine and mushroom sauce with seasonal provencal vegetables and hasselback potatoes followed by a freshly baked fruit tart of berries and fig. Mmmm!
Then time to retire and rest up for the fun that awaits tomorrow.