Lavender in Aix
Getting lost in a petit ville en Provence when your GPS pops the France app out of it’s socket and demands you “go on foot” to highlighted route is not what I had in mind when I said “take me to the lavender fields”! I much prefer losing myself a pied in L’Occitane, one of the many shops charmant along the cobble-stoned paths.
With the smell of lavander wafting throughout the village, I found myself floating to an unique boutique, Phenomene. Raggedy Ann meets Bo-ho chic; not the perfect look for moi, but I appeciate every piece. Next…linens, table cloths…Provence prints galore!!! I thought I had found my treasures during day one of shopping, but then the weekly market (largest in Provence) appeared like the spaceship in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The best way to describe this fantastice experience is to quote my husband, “we may need to ship a suitcase home”.
Alors, I must stop for some shopping nurishment, but where to I begin? Fresh olive oil tasting, fillet au poivre or a fresh pizza with chevre cooked over a wood-burning fire? Why not try them all? I do have a week! As long as I can still fit in my skinny jeans of course…
*Photos not allowed in Phenomene; sunday-saint-tropez.com