Polish - Provençal Easter party
A belated posting about a fabulous Easter fête that I was invited to by my friend, artist Marie Ducaté. High above the town of Apt, nestled into a cliff is the breathtaking hilltop village of Saignon (pronounced Sen-yon), surrounded by a patchwork of vines, lavender, cherry orchards and olive groves and inhabitated by a wonderful mixture of local paysans and creative souls.
Behind the doors of a majestic Maison Bourgeois, called Un Chambre avec Vue, lies a magical space. A rambling maison de Maitre, this is home to Pierre & Kamila Regent and it functions as an art gallery, artist residency and chambre d'hotes (b&b).
Every corner of this home is pulsing with creative energy and although this was my first invitation I had heard all about the famous Polish Easter traditional party that hostess Kamila (originally Polish) throws every year.
The wonderful sounds of an accordian coaxed us outside into a beautiful orchard. A hidden garden oasis in the middle of Saignon where we bathed in the first rays of warm spring sunshine - even the Mistral died down for a few hours.
Colour, glorious colour .... and cake!
It seemed a shame to cut into the incredible almond topped cakes - but my inner gourmande decided otherwise and the risk paid off - trop bon!
An excellent spot for some Easter Sunday people watching - if I do say so myself!
More images tomorrow from inside the home! A bientot!