Today was our last day in Provence and I cannot believe we are heading home. This was a trip of a lifetime and all I can say is Au Revoir!
We spent ten days on the road and had the most glorious trip. We toured the most wonderful towns, shopped until we dropped, and dined at some amazing french restaurants. Today I am going to wrap up the trip and offer some fun tips and advice about how we can get all of the stuff we bought home!
Au Revoir and Our Last day in Provence
Wow. How could this amazing trip be ending tomorrow?
It went way too fast and I wish that we had another week here. I honestly loved everything about Provence and we will come back someday. I promise!
Since today was our last day in Provence, we had to visit one more lavender field! we went to one of the most iconic lavender fields in Provence. This is Abbaye Notre-Dame Senanque and it is a very popular and well-photographed place.
Tracey from French Larkspur knew how crowded Abbaye de Senanque would be so she scheduled it first on our day and we truly beat the crowds!
Touring and Shopping at Menerbes
Next, we stopped at Menerbes and did some shopping and touring in this quaint little town.
I loved Menerbes. It not only has great views but the shops and cafes are wonderful too. I did manage to buy a linen tablecloth. It is white and tan, 144″ long, and perfect for the beach house!
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As you can expect, I took a lot more photos of the colorful buildings and shutters.
If you haven’t been to Provence before, it really does look this cute everywhere!
I even took a selfie! Hehe.
Winetasting at Domaine de Marie
Tracey planned a really special day for us. We went wine tasting and then walked just next to the winery and had an amazing lunch.
The wine was really good.
The last time I was in France and we spent a lot of time in the Champagne region, I finally learned to appreciate champagne. On this trip, I fell in love with Rose. My favorite bottles were usually less than €10, which is about $11.00!
Lunch at Bastide de Marie
Bastide de Marie is a wonderful little hotel, located next to the winery, and they have a wonderful outdoor seating area that is open most of the day.
We enjoyed a wonderful two-course lunch and the food and ambiance were great!
We also toured around the lobby a bit and the decor was amazing!
Look at this bookcase/cabinet! Isn’t it exquisite? I love it.
How Will I Get My Purchases Home?
You might recall that when we packed to leave for France we placed a fully packed medium-sized suitcase inside of a large suitcase which meant we would have an entire empty large suitcase to bring items home!
Everything fit perfectly in my two suitcases and I still have a carry-on suitcase as well.
I also shipped one box via Fedex which held my nicest purchase – the largest beaded chandelier. It wouldn’t quite fit in the suitcase and I was worried it would get damaged in a suitcase. Our host Tracey, from French Larkspur, took us to a hardware store to buy the boxes and bubble wrap. Plus her husband works for FedEx so he was able to make all of our shipping labels.
I don’t know the cost of the shipping yet but I expect it will be about $200.00.
As I mentioned, I brought a hard carry-on suitcase and for the return, I packed all of the breakables in bubble wrap and put them in my carry-on. I have my lavender platter and small chandelier in my carry-on bag because I know they will be safe!
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