A good staging point for Arles – to see some Van Gogh locations and the Camargue – to glimpse the flamingos.

We found a Clos (walled vineyard) 5 kms out of town which is run by a remarkable family.

Not only did they leave their accountancy and marketing careers in Paris with their children in tow, but they rebuilt this abandoned winery from scratch to accommodate 40 people in wonderful French country style.

The uncanny thing is that you can feel like you have the place to yourselves yet can mingle with others at any time, such is the clever layout of the place.

If they are not tending the wonderful gardens in the estate, David is making olive oil and Sandrine; breads, yoghurts, tapenades and jams. These are not facsimiles of better products you may have had elsewhere, but superior ones.

They host ‘guest chef’ nights.

The world is a little bit saner and less troublesome when you converse with so many like minded people from all over the world.

Hats off to these lovely people. Magnificent examples of humankind.


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