Life is Beautiful

A house in Gourdon with well manicured vegetable garden.

During a vacation in the South of France, I was so inspired by all of the houses that I saw in every village and city that we visited.  Stone houses has been my favourite style of house for so long. I find it so cosy and natural. The bonus here was that I got a glimpse of their wonderful gardens too. Some filled with flowers or just plants and just like the first picture above, a well organised vegetable garden. I love that the products I discovered here in Provence were mostly hand made and used the most natural products that were abundant in the region like basket weaves, kitchen wares made of wood, lavender products, french linens to name a few.  The culture, the lifestyle, the products, culinary offerings, the homes and gardens of the region of Provence and the South of France are just like the new Lancome perfume, La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful. Just like the Lancome perfume, composed of so many good things that come together perfectly to make life beautiful, fragrant and happy. 

St. Paul De Vence

Tourrettes sur Loup

Tourrettes-Sur-Loup is another of the dramatic and charming villages perché in the Provence region. It is located near Gourdon in the Loup Valley. The village is also full of medieval stone buildings and houses. It is a beautiful village to explore with its stone houses with displays of plants, flowers, some fountains and secret caves and nooks to wander around. The shops are fantastic too with lots of locally made products.


A Roman Aqueduct which was also transformed to a roadway and a view of Provencal houses in the valley.

Luberon Valley

Viscount David and Viscountess Serena Linley.  David Linley is the son of the late Princess Margaret and a nephew of Queen Elizabeth II. David Linley owns the luxurious and bespoke Design and Furnitures shop Linley in London's Pimlico Road while Serena has established her own business called Serena Linley Provence, featuring beauty and skin products made from their own Lavender fields at their Provencal country estate.

An elegant indoor and outdoor interiors.

The Swimming pool with a glorious view of the Luberon Valley.

The lavender fields in the Linley's Provence Estate. It took them five years to cultivate these Lavender fields.
To read the article and view more pictures of Lord Linley's Provence House, The Country Life.
Photo credits of Viscount Linley's House: Architectural Digest December 2005 and Vogue UK, November 2011
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  1. Hi Pamela! You are right, these houses are awesome! they gardens are too stunning, I'd love to visit the place especially in summer, would be awesome! Have a good day dear! and say hi to TO for me please!:) xo

  2. Fascinating. I usually wear Lancome's Tresor. Can't wait to try this new fragrance.

  3. I just met a travel from Tourrettes and I heard it's beautiful there:) I wish my house is a stone house


  4. Such a lovely post, I love your blog¡¡
    Take a look and if you want we can follow each others:


  5. I follow you back dear! Thnaks so much for anwer my comment! My city is Valladolid, in the north of Spain. Wonderful place is in your post! We keep in touch! happy day!! Kisses from Spain

  6. Pamela, I love the stone houses too. When I was little I used to imagine that I would grow up and live in Provence with my own garden, etc. I will at least have to visit!

    xo Mary Jo

  7. Bonjour Pamela-- I am your newest "follower..." - I have just been browsing your blog and loved returning "home" to some favorite places... Apparently, we both live in North America... :-) Looking forward to more stories and photos on your blog! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  8. wow! Beautiful houses and gardens! You always post the most breathtaking views and places! Very inspiring. Have a fabulous weekend!

    LA By Diana Live Magazine

  9. So pretty! I love lavender! The pharmacies were so great in France, so many neat products to try.


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