Sunday, September 30, 2012

staycation {part.1}

{12th century church from my bedroom window}
Staycation 2012 began on Wednesday, 12th September when my mother (aka Eilo) and Godmother arrived at the TGV station in Aix-en-Provence, followed a couple days later by their cohorts; the two Texan sisters, Miss Vicki and JoDelle.  

You know what's the best part about having Americans come to visit? All of the American goodness they bring, like; Mac & Cheese, Hidden Valley Ranch packets, and so many magazines that I'll have to take a couchcation just to get through them all (including the People with naughty Prince Harry on the cover... Kate can have William... I only have eyes for Harry, that wee scamp).

I jest. The best part of having Americans visit, is well, having Americans visit.

When Americans (or anybody really) come to visit me and The LPV, there are certain things that I think are absolute must do's and must sees.

The first must see is of course Fifty. He has to be acquainted with any visitors as soon as possible. Sniffing and licking new arrivals is an absolute must in Fifty's book. And even though he hasn't seen his Grandma Eilo for two years (except on Skype), I'm happy to report that he recognized her right away and it took all of two seconds before he was on his back showing off his furry belly (Fifty would sell his soul for a belly rub).

The next must do is eating. Traveling all of the way from Texas to The LPV is not for the lighthearted and the best way to restore one's constitution is with some classic French Bistro fare prepared lovingly by moi. In this case, eggs on horseback (it's just a fried egg on top of a hamburger with a butter and caper sauce... not a horse in sight), served with Petit Chablis for the white drinkers and a bottle of Haut-Médoc for the red.

After a good night's sleep (aided by all that Petit Chablis and Haut-Médoc), a tour of The LPV is in order.


Visiting the house that's been eaten by a tree is definitely a must-see in my book (that thing is right behind my house... C R E E P Y). And after climbing the steep path to the 12th Century church that's tolling bell will ensure that you never, ever sleep past 7am (it's The LPV's alarm clock), you will build up quite an appetite just in time for the next must-do... Le Bar au Vin.

And after a jet lagged evening spent sipping Champagne, nibbling on tapenades, fois gras, and ham infused with truffle oil (it's like angels dancing on your tongue), while playing with the Sommelier's toddler daughter and her cat, Balthazar (both live above le bar au vin), there is only one must-do left for the day... sleep.

bisou

P.S. Stay tuned for the next chapter: Avignon and the arrival of Miss Vicki, JoDelle, and their luggage. 

27 comments:

  1. Wow that tree eating house is crazy! Does someone live there?

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  2. Bahaha! I mean house-eating tree. Clearly I'm not awake.

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  3. I kind of prefer tree eating house! ;)

    Yippee, I can't wait to read all the rest Sara! And it looks like you are a skilled hostess that knows just how to pamper your long-haul visitors. No surprise there.

    As for the wine bar, we popped in but they were already booked for the night. But the owner could NOT have been nicer and gave us the biggest smile when we said that we had been sent by you and G! Next time...

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  4. Heh, love the house eating tree, it would be perfect if they go on board with the halloween thing American style lol

    Sounds like a great entree to the staycation

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  5. this is what I love / what freaks me out about Europe. there are 12th c churches just lying around. I'm still not used to the fact that they're all over the place where Jon's family lives. once we got lost while driving to a thing in the deepest countryside, and Jon's mother oriented herself by finding a castle. A CASTLE. crazy.

    p.s. yum.

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  6. That tree-house is right behind your house!? Wow! That is awesome! I would love to live there!
    You really eat Foie Gras?! Brr...

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  7. Lovely to have your family visit you! You have SO much to show them! That tree eaten house is amazing!!! Truffle oil and foie gras - heaven - I miss France! I really have to make a trip soon!

    Sharon
    xxxx

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  8. That's a very nice way to be greeted upon arrival after a long flight. Unfortunately, no one will have fixed a nice spread for us when we get to Sablet tomorrow. That is one very cool tree!

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  9. Petit Chablis with eggs is a brilliant pairing. Done that a few times and even when the eggs are floating in a rich red wine reduction full of bacon and mushrooms it is still the perfect wine. Good call my lady!

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  10. What fun! Wishing I was the visiting American....I'm a great belly scratcher...Stormy can attest to that!

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  11. Having spent many summer visits in your area, I really enjoy your writing, and humor, about the countryside around you. How about a recipe for the butter and caper sauce that goes on the egg/burger? sound scrumptious. We serve a bison burger, rare, on a fresh salad here in Austin. You are living my fantasy.

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  12. That house with the tree looks so creepy, like something off of a movie set! But how cool that you can see crazy things like that right in your backyard. :)

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  13. That "creepy house" looks like a place I'd love to explore! I love places like that... you know they have a story.

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  14. I've decided your life is a fairytale....therefore I mostly relate to fifty in this post as, I too, would sell my soul for a belly rub.

    XO, A

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  15. Excuse me? "ham infused with truffle oil" Where does this magic come from? That sounds like the most delicious thing I've heard of all week. Ooh a ham truffle omelette...would that work? More deets on this, please!!!

    And I don't know why but "Hidden Valley Ranch" made me chuckle..it's so specific! : )

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  16. That house tree thing is unreal - like out of a childrens book. Too cool!

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  17. That house devouring tree really is creepy - something from Doctor Who!!! Do you think it will start on your house soon...?! eeep!

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  18. Your staycation sounds much much better than one would be here in Mpls, MN.

    Of course we do have the Mall of America. Shopping anyone?

    I'd rather be eating with you guys!

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  19. I, like you, have only eyes for Harry too! Since he was 10 and I was 8, I've always thought he was a stud. And even when I was 8 and William was 12, I never thought he was a looker. Don't know what it is, but Team Harry all the way.

    Also, I like the way this staycation is progressing so far. Animals, food, wine, sleep, creepy house, wine, food, sleep. You've got me sold. (Except for the tolling bell...that would possibly get a wee bit annoying no?)

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  20. Sounds like my idea of paradise...a cute doggie, champagne, gorgeous setting and food, lots of wonderful food!

    The house being devoured by the tree is very cool...would love to see it in person someday.
    xo, A

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  21. ranch dressing!!!

    so glad you got to have visitors!

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  22. ok, you had me at the house-ingesting tree AND the ham with truffle infused oil.

    sigh. i want a staycation like yours ;)

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  23. That house is so cool! I wish my house had been eaten by a tree. I mean, really. It doesn't get much cooler than that.

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  24. I am beyond jealous. Provence is one of my favorite areas on the planet. And Avignon is so friggin' adorable. I want my staycation to be here!!

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  25. I love the house! I am so jealous. I'm glad you got some American company!

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  26. Definitely sounds like a great time in the LPV!

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  27. It's like what we did on our first visit to LPV!!!!! I love that crazy tree eating-house (in a spooky way). I heart LPV!!!

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