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Forcalquier Walking in the footsteps of the Romans

Hilda Stearn shares a series of posts from her visit to Provence in November.  Don’t wait until the fall to visit Forcalquier in Haute Provence it is beautiful all year round and the summer market is delightful.

Read on to find out where Hilda stayed and her impressions of the area.

Le Mas Pont Roman Breakfast room@HildastOne of the great privileges of having a place in Provence is that you can visit at any time. Over the years I have visited at different times of the year and found new treasures to (reluctantly!) share.

Roman Bridge via @Hildast

November is a great time to visit: the run-up to Christmas is gaining momentum and yet the sun continues to shine in the blue sky. Don’t be fooled though as the rain can suddenly arrive! On my last visit my friend and I were blessed with great weather for our trip to Forcalquier in Haute Provence. I had visited the town in the summer and discovered that there is a fabulous Monday market throughout the year. This was all the excuse I needed consolidated by the fact that I was looking for a decent log basket that did not cost the earth!

Roman Bridge via @Hildast

It is always good to take advantage of local knowledge and I realised that the journey from my house to Forcalquier would not be a leisurely one if we were to have time to stroll through the market. Beatrice at the fabulous Les Bains De Manon suggested an hotel just outside of Mane and a few kilometres from the market. To say that Le Mas du Pont Roman is gorgeous would be an understatement. Despite being the only guest on the Sunday there was a real sense of cosiness. Our hosts – Monsieur and Madame Vial – were very welcoming and rightly proud of their Mas.

Le Mas Pont Roman Breakfast room@HildastAfter a tasty breakfast – more about that later – we strolled through the grounds and walked across the Roman bridge across the stream. To think that Roman soldiers would have walked across this very bridge was awesome despite the plethora of Roman ruins in Provence. This was a simple bridge devoid of other Roman ruins surrounding it.

Awesome in its simplicity!

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Hilda Stearn

Hilda Stearn

Hilda is a co-founder of a Kent-based business development consultancy Ministry for Growth and manages the Thames Valley office. Working with a diverse range of clients from start-ups to established businesses provides a truly varied working week. She is passionate about supporting ambitious companies to be successful and is recognized for her collaborative approach. Hilda is renowned locally for her skill in bringing potential business partners together. She is currently a volunteer business adviser for Young Enterprise and participating in this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week by mentoring a new business based in Buckinghamshire.

Hilda is fortunate to be able to balance work with regular trips to Provence where she continues to find new hidden gems that she readily shares with friends and her followers on Twitter.

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