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Why You Should Visit the Village of Pierrerue

Hidden Provence is a chance to explore a less travelled part of Provence. This 8 night (7 day) walking tour is run by Liz Lord and her husband, Mel. During the trip, the group is based out of a private home near Forcalquier. Liz wrote the following post after their last trip while she was still dreaming about dessert.  Here, is why you might want to pay a visit to the village of Pierrerue.

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Continuing the dip into eateries around the little-trodden area of Provence around Forcalquier, let’s delight in coming across this very quaint bistro in Pierrerue. (Map link)

If you are lucky enough to be staying in the area and are approaching from the east, the stress of racing up the motorway (the A51 from Aix North) is soon forgotten. La Brillanne offers a wealth of food and do it yourself opportunities if you are staying locally. The lovely hillside village of Lurs is tempting at very first sight, as a perfect destination for a post-prandial stroll!

Provence door #ExploreProvence @Spacebetweenfr

The village of Pierrerue is a tiny place numbering very few souls, and the Bistrot de Pierrerue in the heart of the village, is straight out of your imagination, the perfect “film set” Provençal resto.

You will be warmly welcomed by American hostess, Maryvonne, who is front of the house, and able partner to her French husband who does what he does best, tucked away in the kitchen.  This bistro is part of the Bistrot de Pays association where you can be sure of passionate owners who take pride in cooking local food with some care!

Bistrot de Pierrerue #TastesofProvence @Spacebetweenfr

There is a short set menu of home cooked food and an appealing selection of mainly local wines. Enjoy a kir, white wine with a choice of various fruit liqueurs, to add some zing choose cassis, framboise or peche while you select your courses.  After several visits with an eclectic mix of nationalities on each occasion, there was no disappointment, and for your (vegetarian) writer, no hesitation whatsoever in recommending chef’s gnocchi as the best-ever tasted – some sort of magical alchemy with local goat’s cheese it seems.  (Note: Do ask for this “off the menu” treat in advance).  Hence, and with apologies, there a lack of memory for other diners’ dishes, but not a scrap left, which tells you all you need to know.

Great evenings, well looked after, with lots of laughs and good home cooked food. What could be better?

Booking ahead is recommended, as it would be a great shame to arrive footsore at lunchtime to find the doors firmly shut!  The village of Pierrerue is pretty for a wander around, but you will be hard pressed to find anything else to eat.

Don’t forget the market on a Saturday morning, though – genuine local stuff sold by locals – including a lovely old fellow selling wicker baskets!

poppies #ExploreProvence @Spacebetweenfr

Travel Tips:

Le Bistrot de Pierrerue

Rue de la Ferraille

04300 Pierrerue

maryvonne.kutsch@orange.fr

+33 0492753300

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Liz Lord

Liz Lord

Liz Lord and her husband Mel Jones have been living in the Mercantour National Park for the past 15 years.

Most people would already be saying “where?”, but in fact the Mercantour remains a delightfully unknown area straddling the Franco-Italian border, in the Alpes-Maritimes. Liz and Mel live just an hour North of Nice – so can enjoy the best of best worlds, their life concentrated in their home in Berthemont les Bains, yet being able to enjoy the hubbub on the coast when the need for culture arises.

Choosing to decamp from the UK (and their “normal” corporate lives!) after a chance encounter with their current home in 2001, they now earn their living by renting out their two gites, and offering walking and adventure holidays at Space Between.

With experience of an ex-pat life, setting up a small business in France, house renovation, and land and horse management!, with a keen interest in food and wine and travel, Liz has much to contribute for those interested in a new life in France or with a zest to dip their toe in the water on holiday.

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