VISITING PROVENCE WITH MIRABEAU
As someone who is secretly a French-wannabe (wait, there's no secret here - I WISH I WERE FRENCH, even just to have the Franglish accent would be ok with me), it's pretty shameful how little of France I've really seen. Aside from Paris, Nice and a small place near to Bergerac (which I really can't remember the name of!) the rest of France is a beautiful mystery to me.
So when I was invited by the wonderful Mirabeau team (who produce the drink of the summer, rosé - bien sûr!) to discover their wines in Provence - the region they're made - I snapped up the opportunity. I'd been dying to visit Provence for so long and it was so lovely to explore another part of France, even if just for a very quick pit-stop trip. We flew into Nice before driving out to Cotignac, a picture-perfect village which has summer holidays written all over it. It fully made me want to hire a car, grab a map and set off on an adventure into the beautiful French landscape.
Whilst we really didn't have much time in Provence (for starters it's a huge region of France so really, we didn't even make a dent), I did manage to capture a fair few pictures, so here's a snapshot of what we got up to - it was a truly beautiful start to the week. Thank you to Mirabeau for organising, and hosting, such a gorgeous trip.
C O T I G N A C
As I mentioned above, Cotignac is the most picturesque little place. From the moment you arrive in the heart of the village, your camera is at the ready and your eyes dart from quaint corner to charming cafe to pretty street. We visited Cotignac on a Tuesday which is when the village holds its market day. Stalls are set up selling locally made goods, fresh fruit & veg as well as plenty of saucisson. It's also where Mirabeau have their shop which is well worth a peek inside and out!
Whilst not being a huge village, you can easily spend hours there - going from boulangerie to shop to stall to cafe (and repeat). There are also plenty streets just to wander down, get lost and uncover a quiet corner which truly encapsulates the rural French countryside at its finest.
L U N C H W I T H M I R A B E A U
After the morning's visit to the market to pick up some fresh produce, we made our way to Mirabeau founders Jeany and Stephen's beautiful house for a long, lazy lunch in the sun. We all agreed that it was possibly the best lunch we'd had in a long while, feasting on homemade salads, potatoes, fresh fish and France's finest cheese. Of course, there was plenty of rosé involved! Doesn't it just go perfectly well accompanied by sunshine?
After our seconds and thirds, we finally all settled on the loungers in the glorious sun and decided that buying a French chateau should be on our life goals list.
Maybe it was the rosé talking, but there's no harm in aiming big.
If you haven't yet discovered Mirabeau, fear not, it's the perfect time to start getting acquainted. If you fancy your own glass of Provence back home in London, then head to Waitrose immediately.