La Vudèle, the name of a small area close to the village Quinson but also the name of the house where I was staying during my holidays in Provence. In the photo above you can see the century-old farmhouse in stone, La Vudèle, where I had a complete retreat surrounded by wheat, oat and lavendar fields…in place where time passed by slowly and where I felt very much like home :-)
I’ve passed by Provence several times, but I’ve always dreamt of going there for holidays and see the purple lavendar fields from a closer view. Since I’m very much into environmental friendly holidays and organic food I was head over heels when finding La Vudèle, a beautiful old stonehouse owned by the adorable couple Jim and Claudia.
After an almost 3 hours of travelling with the TGV train from Paris I arrived at Aix-en-Provence where I took a bus (2,5 hours) to the village Riez. In Riez Jim had offered to come and pick me up with his car which was very nice as there were no other communcations in getting to their house.
When we arrived I was warmly greeted by Claudia and the cute message on the charcoal board, see photos below ;-) She kindly showed me around their house and the beautiful guestroom were I was staying. The queen-sized bed was dressed in certified organic cotton sheets and so were the pillows and comforter. The mattress was made in natural latex, the en-suite bathroom with a walk-in Italian shower was with a ecological faucet. Claudia and Jim had made sure to create a very cozy yet eco-friendly and organic guestroom which really impressed me :-)
First day, Saturday, Jim and Claudia let me join them at the market in the village Riez. As it is one of my favourite highlights in Paris I was happy to see how the market looked alike in Riez and to chat with the local producers who were selling fresh veggies and fruits straight from their grounds. Around lunchtime we went for swimming in the pool and for a light lunch, meaning crusty fresh baguette from the market, delicious cheese and yummie tomatoe…before plunging in the pool again :-)
In the afternoon I had a walk around the area of La Vudèle and in the evening Jim and Claudia had proposed me to join them to a restaurant of their friend to meet all their other friends. Live music and very friendly people, it was indeed a lovely evening spent in Provence! On Sunday, I went for hiking..walked to the village of Quinson and then found my way to the Gorges du Verdon… Will share my photos in short ;-)
La Vudèle – Organic holiday in Provence
Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s
Stairs to the guestroom where I was staying
Bienvenue à la Vudèle Solli – what a nice way of beeing welcomed :-)
Beautiful stone wall in the guestroom
A welcoming note next to my bed
Adorable Mimie, she acctually let me pet her but as soon as I brought up my camera she was more interested in catching bugs showing me her great skills ;-)
The fields surrounding La Vudèle
The fields surrounding La Vudèle, I could walk here for hours, inhaling the fresh and crisp air and even barefoot..for grounding/earthing..best meditation ever!
Claudia and Jim, wonderful hosts at La Vudèle!
Live music and dinner at Paris London Café at Esparron de Verdon in ProvenceHiking along the Gorges du Verdon