After a day in Paris I was ready to head south to the farmhouse in Luberon to kick off truffle week with Sherry Page of Culinary Getaways. From Gare-de-Lyon, Paris's largest train station hub, I took the TGV, a very impressive high speed train to Avignon, which is some 470 miles away. Within two and a half hours, I was transported to the countryside in the South of France. That is almost 200 miles per hour. How impressive is that? I wish we had a TGV at home!
At the station I was met by Sherry Page and Pierre, who picked up a fellow attendee, Hillary and me from Avignon, Stephanie from Marseilles, and off we went to the mas or farmhouse, which is located in the village of Goult in Luberon.
Even in January, the skies were a pristine blue. There were grape vines growing along the dirt-side road, wild fig trees on every corner and miles and miles of free space. I certainly was not in New York City anymore!
When we drove up to the farmhouse, I paused.
Wait a minute, this is not a farmhouse!
A farmhouse doesn't have a swimming pool overlooking the village. What is going on?!
As soon as we entered the house, I was taken back by the simple rustic beauty and elegance of the house. I adored the dining room with the antique-looking pointed arch wooden chairs and the iron wrought chandeliers that cast a gentle shadow over the warm room.
Upstairs we went to see our rooms. Each of the attendees had a chance to peak into each others' rooms, and everyone gushed at sight.
As soon as I entered my room, I was dazzled by the attention to detail.
Simple and perfect beauty!
The gorgeous fabric that draped the windows, adorned the bed and elegant high-back chair tied the room together exquisitely.
On each of our beds was an apron from Culinary Getaways embroidered with our name, and luxurious organic olive oil soaps and lotions from Barres Moulin.
Luxury and simplicity married together. I was so excited about our rooms that I dropped my bags, and ran downstairs to check out the rest of the place.
In the living room were three plush sofas to sink into, and a huge coffee table that sat in front the fireplace.
And my favorite part of the house was the kitchen!
Appropriately, a basket of highly fragrant fresh herbes de Provence sat at the center of kitchen.
There were goodies on the table and several chips of black truffles to nibble.
Next up will be our first dinner and lesson on black truffles at the farmhouse. I hope this warm welcome to the farmhouse was as enticing to you as it was for me!
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