Beautiful Vernazza

Last week we stayed in beautiful Vernazza part of the Cinque Terre on the Italian coast.
The Cinque Terre are five villages built into the rugged coastline and just stunning.
The photo above is the view from the restaurant we had dinner one night.

We swam, snorkelled, hiked and ate lots of pizza, pasta and gelati – and we found a great place that had very yummy Sicilian pastries!

Lots of washing lines!

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Lunch with Madam Murat

There is a fantastic book by Australian author Mary Moody, called “Lunch with Madam Murat”.
It is a book which tells the story of a provincial family run restaurant that began over a hundred years ago in the kitchen….back then a leafy branch was hung over the door of the kitchen to welcome travellers and hungry farmers to the kitchen for a meal….the day we went to the tiny and remote village of Pomerade in the Lot Valley the smell of a homecooked meal and the laughter of French families welcomed us in….

The highlight was meeting Madam Murat herself -such a humble, gifted and hardworking woman.

Here is Noah chowing down a duck leg! The meal took over three hours and six courses later Noah was still sitting in the high chair!
Lunch at Madam Murat’s was so special…thankyou Madam Murat.

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A picnic with a view

We had our yummy picnic ready and all we needed was somewhere to eat it…and we found a wonderful spot overlooking the village of
Gordes.

We had a wonderful time overlooking such a pretty village.

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Provence

Provence – is such a beautiful area of the world. We enjoyed beautiful warm weather….lavendar bunches…

Avignon – Palais du Papes for dinner…

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Saint Cirque Lapopie – Lot Region France

Today we had a very picturesque drive past fields of poppies….

to France’s “most beautiful village”…Saint Cirque Lapopie…it overlooks the Dordonge River and is built into the hillside.

We enjoyed exploring its winding streets and taking in the amazing views.

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