Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is probably one of the most well known villages in Provence and one that is buzzing all summer long. Van Gogh actually lived there for a short period of time and painted a few of his most famous works, like Starry Night. Our friend Vicki has a home in the area and we were set to have lunch at her house, so we headed into town a bit early to explore as we had never actually been into the village. On our last trip to Provence two years ago, a mutual friend connected us and we ended up spending a whole afternoon getting to know Vicki and her family at their 17th century farmhouse that they’ve restored. We’ve stayed in touch over the years, meeting up when we’re in the same city, so we were excited to head back!
We just so happened to be in Saint Remy on market day, which falls on every Wednesday. The streets are filled with vendors that have everything from fresh produce to clothing to home goods and more. It pretty much takes over the whole village and is a really fun morning activity if you’re in the area. It only goes until noon, so try and get there early to beat the crowds in the late morning. We casually strolled through different stalls, stopping to pick up some fresh berries as we went.
We found a small wine and cheese shop that we stopped into to grab a bottle of rosé to bring to Vicki’s house. They also had some of the prettiest cheeses topped with herbs and flowers- we wanted them all!
When we arrived to Vicki’s house, it was just as magical as I remembered it. Flowers blooming all around, cicadas buzzing in the background, a slight breeze blowing through the courtyard and the smells of a delicious lunch ready to be brought out. The hostess immediately brought out some champagne to toast our reunion, followed by an amazing spread that she whipped up that morning. We devoured everything, especially the tomato and cheese tart, which Thomas said was one of the best things he’s ever had.
Like our last visit, we ended up staying hours past our lunch, with so much to catch up on and talk about. If you don’t know Vicki’s story, you should head on over here to read a little bit more- it’s quite inspiring! In short, over 15 years ago, while on vacation in Saint Remy from Australia, she and her family fell in love with an abandoned 17th century farmhouse that sat on an old fruit farm. They bought it and decided to move from Australia to London and spent the next handful of years restoring and renovating the house and land to bring it back to life. She’s also written all about it in her book, My French Life. It’s now the most dreamy oasis- as a guest, you never want to leave!
After our long, wonderful afternoon, Thomas and I changed and headed off to a romantic evening with just the two of us at La Cabro d’Or at Baumanière Les Baux de Provence, a beautiful hotel not far from Saint Remy that has two restaurants that came highly recommended. Definitely a spot to add to your list if you’re visiting Provence!