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Goût de France: Sunday in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Saint Remy de Provence

Waking up in the South of France for the first time was dreamy. The sun was shining, birds chirping, and my husband was making breakfast for the four of us—eggs, fresh Provençal sausage, fried potatoes, with a side of Gouda cheese—Yikes! My typical breakfast in Hawaii is usually an organic green smoothie after a killer workout. But I’m in France here— so who cares.

While Chap slaved in the kitchen, I enjoyed some quiet time alone with my coffee in the garden.  The perfect weather was a blessing because we’d been told that it had rained for weeks before we had arrived.

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Soothing church bells chimed in the distance as I read my Bible. It was Sunday in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and with over 12 hours of needed sleep from jet-lag  the bells clarified that we had already missed the service we’d planned to attend.  So with no rush to be anywhere, we all took our time enjoying the morning at L’Harmas.

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The Historical Town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

After breakfast we took a 20-minute walk into the historical town square to acquaint ourselves with Saint-Rémy (sahn ray-mee). Since the beginning of the 20th century, St. Rémy has attracted people like me—artists, writers, and painters to its quaint medieval village tucked away in the rugged limestone hills of Les Alpilles.

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Limestone hills view from L’Harmas

Rémy is also known for the Saint-Paul de Mausolée Asylum where Vincent Van Gogh admitted himself after cutting off his ear. His stay from 1889-1890 was brief but Van Gogh created some of his best masterpieces at the asylum, including 143 oil paintings and over 100 drawings.

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Asylum in Saint-Remy, painted by Vincent Van Gogh

Boutiques, galleries, specialty shops, unique cafes, and restored houses line the rustic side streets of Saint-Rémy.

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Wine shop offering gourmet snacks and gifts

 

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People actually drive down these streets-and fast to boot. Check out the parking garage on the right. But at least there’s a hospital, too, just in case you don’t quite make the turn!

Winding short alleyways lead into the shady town square. Ancient stone fountains are scattered throughout the old-world village.

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Our first stop on our excursion was Saint Martin Church where I’d heard the bells chiming earlier. The church is St Rémy’s largest building and planted in the center of the town square.

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Saint Martin Church dates back to the 14th century but after a collapse in 1818, it was rebuilt in the 19th century.

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The temperature inside the large stone structure was cold but peaceful, smelled of incense, had ginormous chandeliers, detailed painted walls, and vibrant stained glass.

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Saint Martin’s is renowned for its organ. St. Remy’s Organa Festival welcomes some of the finest organists in the world to perform a series of free concerts between July and September.

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The architecture of the mammoth archways, stonework, and moldings were quite impressive.

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Me (left) and Deanna (right) on the steps outside Saint Martin

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Me and Chap feeling like superstars in Saint-Rémy (hence the stars on the pavement!).

Next ,we ventured off to find lunch but because of our late start that morning, we missed it. So we ended up having to eat at an Italian pizzeria. I know! My first meal out in France was pizza. Crazy! But at least I was able to create a good recipe remake for Rustic Provençal Pizza.

After lunch we waited in a long line for gelato. I think the last time I had an icecream cone was back in high school. I’m more of a Vitamix-Smoothie-Girl these days. Healthier. But again—I’m in France, so who cares.

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Chap’s eyeing my Macaron Gelato. He preferred it over his Pistache. Pizza for lunch and gelato for dessert—I wondered if we were in Italy instead of France.

Deanna and I ducked into a shop to try on hats. They were super cute but also super expensive. I was dead set on buying a fun one while in France, but it was hard for me with my fashion design background to pay 250 euros ($336.72 American dollars) knowing I could make one just like it. Of course I never will—make one for myself, that is—but just saying.

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Deanna on left, Me on right feeling très français dans des chapeaux.

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Chap with backpack on in store talking me out of buying expensive hat.

Before heading back to our castle we hit a boulangerie for pastries and bread, then walked home. Other than eating mostly Italian our first day, it was a perfect Sunday in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

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Link is Bread Guy on left, Chap on right. And no, they’re not holding hands. LOL.

Recipe Remakes

Coconut Milk Macaroon Sorbet

Rustic Provençal Pizza

Provençal Chicken Sausage

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