A Year in Provence

Over Thanksgiving I started floating the idea of traveling for the holiday next year.

Mr. Blandings and the boys are neither stubborn nor unreasonable, but they get a little set in their ways.

Many things around here happen through the sheer force of my will, but I find new ideas are more easily adopted if I bring them up far in advance.  I grind away at their resistance and then work to fill the trough with my enthusiasm.  Admittedly, I wear them down.

As we made the long drive to California a couple of years ago, I pointed out to Bill that in ten years the boys would be finished with school and we could live anywhere, my voice and imagination filled with wonder.

“Where else would we want to live?”
“We could live in France.”  “We could live in France.”  “We could live in France.”

All images, via the Wall Street Journal Magazine, the home of Betty and Francois Catroux in Provence.  The story, these images and images of their Paris apartment can be found here.  Photography, Francois Halard.

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22 thoughts on “A Year in Provence

  1. Patricia wonderful images!! France is certainly my choice!

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  2. I have a friend, somewhat older than I, who retired with her banker husband to France! Bought an ancient barn and turned it into a home! A year of sweat equity, but their children already lived in Europe. I couldnt leave my children on another continent….though I am sure they could leave me!

  3. I hear North Dakota is lovely too. Think of the advantages. You speak the language fluently, no money conversion, no metric. A slice of heaven. Close to friends and family as well.

  4. I don't know which I enjoyed more, the captivating pictures, or the oh-too-close-to-home confessional. I've been working on the hubs for five years now. "We should retire in Paris. We should retire to Paris." So far, just lots of eye rolling on his part, but with the baby still 18 years from graduation, I have plenty of time to work on him. Thanks for the lovely pix, and the chuckle!

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  6. Oh my, that is perhaps the most perfect vacation house I have ever seen. Really. Casually chic and elegant and effortless. Not trying to hard. Wow.

  7. Such a great idea! You should live in France! Or at least spend next Christmas there. Here's to breaking with tradition. Escape to Provence!
    xo E + J

  8. When I pulled up your blog today, my little 2-year-old, Piper, yelled, "MOM!" She ran over to the computer, climbed up on a chair next to me, and pointed to the illustration of your family on your title. She said, "Mom, I want you to invite those people over! I like them."

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