are an American couple who had a dream, followed a
plan and made the leap of faith to create a new life in France. Ours
is a contemporary story. Professionals working long hours, making good
money, but longing to feed our soul and
balance our life. After twenty
years of juggling the demands of our individual careers along side our Bed &
Breakfast in Chicago, we decided to simplify our life.
retirement doesn't describe it. We have created our next great adventure in
le petit jardin de l'âme --a
Bed & Breakfast--a place of rest and restoration--a
gift to you
We chose this area of France because of its
rich history and rural simplicity. The village of Florensac is home to
4500 people. It is a village alive in the 21st Century and proud of its
heritage. The walking tour of Florensac includes remnants of the
earliest mention of Florensac in tenth (10th) century documents, its twelfth (12th)
century church , the sixteenth century (16th) Protestant temple and more.
Our neighbors tell us that our home was built about 1750. However,
professionals consulted during the renovation tell us that's only part of the
story. We've uncovered a mud brick wall--a method of construction used from
1100-1500AD. It has served as
a stable, a winery, and a farm house at the edge of town. The manger, stone
feeding trough and wine vats are still part of our garden.
Outside of the village are row upon row of vines in this the largest wine
producing area of France.
Beyond the vineyards are the Etang de Thau, the
oyster beds, and the Mediterranean. A stretch of twenty-two (22)
kilometers of sandy beach is only 15 minutes from town.
For connoisseurs of the French Mediterranean,
the Languedoc is "the other" south of France almost untouched by
tourism. La France profonde is here.
Within a few kilometers of
Florensac you will find remnants of Roman provincial times and the earlier
Greek and Phoenician seaport colonies of Sète, Agde, and Marsellian.
Medieval Languedoc was the inspiration for the poetry of Troubadours and host to
struggles of the crusades and Cathari.
Nearby Pézenas is such a wonderful
surprise of history, well-preserved architecture and a present day Saturday
open-air market. Walk through town and you will know this was once the
Royal Court of Languedoc and the home of Molière.
life-time of day trips to the surrounding area can be yours. Montpellier,
Avignon, Arles, Carcassonne, Toulouse and richly diverse terrain are no
further away than a morning drive along country roads lined with plane
trees. Or, you may give a token nod to the 21st century by using the
Languedocienne, the rapid auto route nearby.
le petit jardin de l'âme is more than a place to stay. This visit
to the south of France will refresh your spirit, nourish your soul and perhaps
inspire a dream or two of your own.