I've finally trawled through the photos of our French sojourn over the May bank holiday and put together some posts of our short stay there. I did actually wear a Union Jack blazer on my first day there. Funnily enough nobody lynched me! Just a few bemused grins from the locals. In fact there seems to be curious fondness amongst the French for this flag - opening up a local furniture catalogue and there was an entire furniture range dedicated to London chic with the Union Jack plastered over everything from chests of drawers to rugs.
I have been visiting the Languedoc region regularly for over a decade now as Mr V's parents have a house here and the area is like a second home to him. There are many things I love about the South of France. Here the people enjoy a very laid back lifestyle where everything stops for lunch and a siesta.
I especially love French pharmacies as they are packed with wonderful, local brand beauty products. Our first port of call is usually a town called Limoux where I take the opportunity to buy skin care products from the local pharmacy to last me a year. My red paper bag in the photo above is filled with lotions, potions and creams from Nuxe, L'Occitane and Caudalie. It's sometimes a struggle to get to the pharmacy before the early closing time for the long lunch hour but when the lady there sees me coming she quietly turns her sign around from fermé to ouvert and lets me in. She always tosses a generous pile of little sample tubes of products into my shopping bag which are invaluable when I'm travelling.
Once I've filled up my goody bag its off to lunch in the town square.
If Lamb kebabs French style don't appeal there is always good old steak-frites!
There was little chance of being bombarded with royal wedding media coverage here - the locals are far too obsessed with rugby.
I adore the shabby chic of the houses with their colourful shutters and facades full of character. I always enjoy seeing the cheerful combinations of colours in which some are painted and the delicate, lacy, wrought iron balconies.
Though we thoroughly indulged in all things French during our four days there our ride was distinctly Italian. Our hire car ended up being a zippy little Alfa Romeo. I'm not much of a car girl at the best of times but this car totally charmed me with its chic red leather seats (which went quite nicely with my Union Jack blazer) and its gutsy engine.
It was a great little companion for a short trip which required it to manage mountain bends and steep slopes. What really won us over was its driving performance getting us to the airport on time after a wrong turn cross country that could have been truly disastrous!
There'll be more from our French trip soon!
Union Jack Blazer, Topshop; White tee, Cos; Denim Shorts, Zara: Tights, Falke; Biker Boots: Gap; Pendant: Vintage; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs