Discover Provence Top Picks from a Traveller
Claire McAlpine is a mother, a wife, a reader, a writer and the owner of Flairesse a massage and aromatherapy practice. Claire considers herself a citizen of planet earth, which makes lots of sense after you consider her life filled with relocations since the age of 13. Please read the rest of her interesting expat story here.
Claire and her husband chose Provence for a number of reasons, including family ties, they settled in Aix-en-Provence. This is how Claire describes the city “I couldn’t live in a small town in my own country, but Aix en Provence in France is a small town that thinks it is a big city. It has many cultural aspects that you’d normally find in a large city, a grand opera theatre, four universities, a national ballet, the Mediterranean 40 minutes away. And the TGV station, only 3 hours to Paris, 4 hours to Barcelona, 8 hours to Frankfurt…and all of Provence to explore!”
After nearly ten-years in Provence, Claire has a few top picks in the region that create her Perfectly Provence:
Swimming off ‘The Rock’ at Restaurant la Presqu’île in Cassis
Driving along la Routes des Crêtes from Cassis to la Ciotat
Experiencing Carrières de Lumières at les Baux de Provence – read about the 2015 show here.
Dining at Aloha Beach, Sausset les Pins (open in the summer months). Yes it sounds American, but it’s not, it is a great location so reservations are necessary.
A traditional French aperitif – pastis
A savoury specialty crepe and cider from Delphine’s Crepes, Cidre et Compagnie in Aix-en-Provence
Wine Tasting selected by an Oenologue such as Chez Yves in Aix-en-Provence
Lunch at La Cale, Carry-le-Rouet and a walk around the cliff top
A 90-minute Flairesse Massage and Aromatherapy at your gite after a day out!