Poolside, Picnics and Strawberry Festivals

A pool with a view and a picnic overlooking a French Quarry in a monochrome ensemble…

Location: Hotel Crillon Le Brave, Provence, France

If you have read my previous post, all about this luxury French hotel, set into the hillside of Provence, you will have noted my adoration for the place. It was truly spectacular and unlike any Hotel I have stayed with previously. The tranquility and peacefulness really helped me to relax for the weekend, pushing me to really focus on goals and aspirations for the future. The open air and beautiful scenery really does help to focus the mind and allow a bit of breathing space for positive reflection, and so I spent some time really pondering over the future and the way I am currently living my life. Sometimes, we all need some time to reflect on whether we are taking our lives down the correct path, and to steer ourselves in the right direction. The sunshine, the clean air, the openness and beauty of France, really allowed me to do so. 
One morning, I woke early and made my way to the poolside, peering out over the countryside that enveloped the hotel and basked in the warm morning light. No one was around, rather they were sat above, tucking into warm croissants and honey granola and equally enjoying the early morning rays. 
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We were lucky enough to catch the Strawberry Festival in Carpentras, just a short journey away from Crillon Le Brave. The strawberries were the most delicious I’ve tasted, and about £2 a punnet. We walked around this beautiful little town, sucking strawberries and selecting our favourite cheeses to take home to England, from Claudine’s Fromagerie and Delicatessen. 

And to finish the afternoon, we took a bike ride down the hillside to an abandoned quarry. Sebastien, the Hotel manager, lay out cushions and picnic blankets, French wine and cheeses, breads and pastas and a host of other delights, and we bathed in the sunlight with a glass of France’s finest and a plate of delicious picnic food. The trip back up the hill wasn’t quick as sweat-free, but we were fueled by copious amounts of baguette and stilton by this point, and the swimming pool was beckoning. 
What a fantastic day.

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