We decided on this visit to Provence, we would conquer "The beast of Provence" Mount Ventoux. You may know it from the tour de France. But lets get serious, We didn't cycle up! We were on vacation after all. We took the easy route and drove it. Non the less it still felt like it was an accomplishment (our little french hire car did not thank us)
We started off with a spot of lunch in the famous wine village of Chateauneuf du pape (certainly worth a visit) after a meeting with some of our wedding vendors at our venue, Chateau de Massilan (which I feel I must say, Iv heard has changed quite a bit since our wedding, unfortunately)
Our little car chugged up the mountain in absolute protest, only just managing to over take the super human and super fit cyclists (how on earth do they do it?) on the way. At 1,909 m (6,263 ft) it is not a small mountain. In fact its the highest in the region.
But well worth it for those views of the Rhone valley... incredible.
It really does give a different perspective of Provence and well worth the drive up to the top. What appears to be snow capped from from a distance is actually bare limestone in reality!
Thankfully, out little car coped better on the drive down..phew!
I can't see me trying to cycle up anytime soon i'm afraid...
On this throw back trip to Provence (Part 1 Here) we visited our wedding venue Chateau de Massillan for a menu tasting and to agree on some of the wedding plans.
We first discovered this gorgeous Chateau when we did our first road trip around the south of France. It will forever be one of our favourite vacations, for so many reasons. Finding the chateau was one of them.
We feel in love with its quirky design, its beautiful antique furniture and its twinkling chandelier's. It was so very my style. No garish colours to contend with, no carpets with bold designs to clash with, it was the preferably aesthetic canvas to create a vision. We loved that it felt like someone's beautiful home, rather than a hotel. And we loved that it has bucket loads of Character.
When my husband proposed, we both immediately wanted to get married here. We didn't even look at anything else, and that made it all the more special because it felt totally organic and almost like the venue choose us.
We wanted something that we could hire exclusively for our entire wedding weekend, so we could celebrate in complete privacy with our friend and massillan was perfect for this. The fact that it wasn't a wedding venue also had great appeal as it only made itself available for a handful of dates over the year. This was a big selling point to us as it felt a little bit more natural and unique.
It also had an amazing gastronomic restaurant, with absolutely incredible chef (Frédéric de Bourlout) and its own organic kitchen garden meaning all of the catering could be achieved in house (wedding cake aside) and would make this relatively stress free. The only difficult we did have was making the final choices...
As its coming up to our 5th wedding anniversary I will be sharing more from our wedding in Provence, so stayed tuned!
This week we are off to one of my favourite places in the world... Provence! After an intentional 5 year absence in fact.
Provence is such a favourite, my husband and I were married there and haven't returned since. We have since been totally pleasure delaying. But this year marks our 5 year wedding anniversary, so it was time to re visit this gorgeous region, which hold an incredibly special place in our hearts.
So I thought id share some photos from one of our last trips there. Taken before my blog even existed, these are a bit of a blast from the past. Its interesting to me to see how far my photography has come!
Dress is an old one from ASOS but I found some alternatives below
One of our favourite towns and arguably the most beautiful in Provence is Gordes and I cannot wait to revisit. I'll never forget the first time I say this epic town into the mountains. I literally could not believe my eyes, and I totally fell in love.
Hand bag HERE
And once you make it inside the little town, it does not disappoint with its painted shutters and cute cafes.
On this trip we stayed at a lovely little Gite, just outside of Avignon. La Tour Vaucros is made up of a large Chateau and 4 former out buildings now made into quaint gites. We chose La Restanque des oliviers.
It great to have a base in Provence, at least for a few days so that yo can get out and explore the area without having to unpack and re pack when changing hotels. It also means that you can make full use of the amazing markets Provence has to offer. I think our ideal is a mixture of both, as there are also some amazing hotels to discover.
But where possible, its always a great idea to find something with a pool. You'll literally want to throw yourself in it after a day exploring in the summer heat.
You can follow along with our week in Provence next week on Instagram stories if you like :-)
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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