Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas In Provence

 A children's Christmas in Vaison: kids can post their letters to Father Christmas in the little red letter box

  Having our photo taken with Père Noël
What do you do on a beautifully sunny Sunday morning? Take a walk of course. We mostly drove I have to admit, but only in order to inspect three different Christmas festivities. Our surrounding villages of Sablet and Séguret were holding their "Fête de Noël", which in Sablet was a Christmas market held in a tent on the main square. They had "vin chaud" - mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and sold wine, foie gras and truffles (600 Euro per kilo - the typical somewhat inflated pre Christmas price, after New Years they become much cheaper...). We bought Christmas tombola tickets and drove on to Séguret. The cobblestone village had made a real effort - beautifully decorated this was a very Provençal Christmas fête. The old communal charcoal oven was back in service, you could stock up on oysters and sausages, delicious tartes and Provençal Fougasse breads, all very joyful!
Our last stop, Vaison la Romaine, had this year decided on a children's Christmas. A giant teddy bear on Place Montfort, little kids posting their letters to Father Christmas and the man himself who graciously agreed to have his photos taken even with some not so small kids.

 Séguret: baking in the old communal oven

Where delicious Tartes and
 Fougasses, the typical Provençal bread were baked

 Care for some oysters?

 The truffles had all but sold out

 Christmas market in Sablet

 Provence Christmas weather: and yes, it is supposed to stay this sunny until well
 into the New Year!

Happy Holidays and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year 2015 !


  1. I love the pictures, especially the two of you in Vaison-la-Romaine. All our best wishes and love to the both of you. Merry Christmas Barbara and Robert.

    1. Merci Michel, Joyeux Noël to you and Shirley and all the family - looking forward to seeing you again next year!

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    1. And you too, Joyce, and a very happy New Year to you and all your family!

  3. Love that oven.

    I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


    1. Merci Madonna - a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year to you and all your family!

  4. Merry Christmas to you, want a fun place to be at this time of the year! I'm jealous of those clear blue skies, it's damp, cold and gray here today.

  5. I love our SoCal weather in winter but I have to admit missing France after viewing your photos. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your followers!

  6. I enjoyed seeing your Provencal Christmas festivities Barbara. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  7. What a great way to spend a Sunday, or any day, for that matter! Hope you have a wonderful festive season!