Provence... Fayence... South of France

"Kick back, relax... enjoy the sun"

After having driven through three cities, we finally arrived in the South of France. We drove up to large gates leading into the Four Seasons Terre Blanche Resort and my was it a grand entrance. As we drove into the resort, we passed the spa which was its own property and hidden by the french trees... very private. Then we pulled into the driveway of the main building and we were welcomed by the super, friendly staff. After having checked in, we were driven on golf carts to our own villas - absolutely fantastic (including the ride there as we were passing the bushes of lavender and the many flowers, making the scenery quite something.)

Our first night for dinner we stayed in the hotel to eat and had a tasty  meal. Accompanied with a cocktail of lavender juice, the first dish was an anchovy tart followed by a dish with king prawn and pea soup. It was very simple but deliciously unique at the same time.

The next morning, breakfast was brought to us and set up in our room - eggs your way, bacon, mushrooms, assorted patisseries, jams and ketchup, and a hot pot of tea. It was a great way to start the day. We then headed to the market in Fayence, the town just next door to our resort. With myself only able to speak the french language, I had to order a roast chicken and pork (with crackling of course) from a kind woman who was manning the rotisserie truck. As we walked by we could not stop the aroma of pork, chicken, and ham that were laid out. Bringing everything back with us, we opened a bottle of champers (as you do) and had lunch in the room. Brilliant.

We spent the day at the pool which had an amazing view of the town of Fayence. The hills were covered in old houses and villas, and the sky was clear of clouds... it was a hot day! We were offered drinks and ice lollies throughout the time we were poolside. The infinity pool was great for where we were as you could see the hillside and everything below. The afternoon was perfect.

That evening, we were booked to go to Eric Maio's Restaurant, a 1 star michelin chef out in Fayence, and had a set meal. We started off with an olive hors d'oeuvre - olive tapanade with breadsticks, cones of salmon, cucumber, chives and an olive pate on crouton. For the amuse bouche we had Creme of Girosoll, next Red Mullet with an exotic fruit salad, and finally Roasted Maigre with giro mushrooms. The start of the desserts was a deconstructed lemon tart and it was a great tasting one at that! And the final dessert was a fruit dish with a sort of crème brûlée topping. The Petit Fours were homemade marshmallows and nougatine, white and dark chocolate truffles. A fun night and a unique experience.

The next morning we were leaving to Barcelona, a long six hour drive... we passed by a large lake and notice pedal boats and paddle boarders. We got out of the car to take some photos of the lake, we really didn't want to leave the country.