We have just returned from nine days in St Come for some restful family time and of course to celebrate Christmas! As the rascals grow up, the festive period still retains the magic and excitement but there seems an increasing importance to appreciate valuable family moments before they grow up completely! This year we had the added excitement of bringing our naughty puppy, Ringo…
On Christmas Eve we continued our tradition of going to Les Halles market in Nimes to buy the Christmas lunch and last minute Christmas shopping in the little boutiques, before enjoying a fine steak frites under the arches of the magnificent Roman Arena.
Christmas Day itself was bursting with chapon, champagne, oysters, fois gras and chocolate log, all shared with the french cousins. As we tucked into the red wine and cheese, carefully chosen presents were much appreciated under the glow of the twinkly tree and hypnotic fire.
The others days were filled with long walks in the gorgeous La Vaunage countryside, shopping in local markets and cooking french feasts. Lazy evenings by the fire with fierce backgammon games, appreciating local wines and festive delights, interspersed with catching up with neighbours and friends.
Our Christmas moments in St Come are treasured ones and now we are already looking forward to a spring time visit…
Happy New Year to you all.
Only a couple of weeks before we head off for Christmas in the south of France and excitement is mounting fast. By the time we arrive, Christmas Eve will be almost tangible, so first on the list will be finding a tree and enjoying the sweet scent of a Norwegian forest. Unravelling our treasured Christmas decorations never fails to create some delightful nostalgia and once the fire is lit, the Christmas tunes blaring, the fairy lights sparkling and a glass of something special in hand, the festive scene is set. Catching up with our local friends is always a big treat during the Christmas season. We are also lucky to have my older sister, brother-in-law and their three bonkers, little, blond girls, who live in the Luberon and run Provence Guru, joining us for the grand day. I do wish though that we could gather up the whole extended family and conjure them over to our secret corner in the south of France.