Our Vacation Rental Homes in Sablet, Provence

Sablet Village, Vaucluse, Provence, France
Maison des Pelerins and La Baume des Pelerins, or "les Pelerins" as we affectionately refer to our dream come true, of owning our own homes in Provence, are located in the heart of the Vaucluse. We thoroughly enjoy hearing from our guests to "les Pelerins" that they feel they are spending time in their own home in Provence. To be a part of village life, Sablet is the perfect place. "Les Pelerins" dates back to the time when the Popes administered the Catholic Church from Avignon, with a Papal Vice-Legat having a residence right here in Sablet. Our neighbor's home was the Vice-Legat's residence. Ours was one of the buildings that housed visitors and pilgrims and was connected to it, as we can see from the internal portals, and the front door of Maison des Pelerins. Hence the name - Pelerins is French for pilgrims. I hope this Blog will help you get to know Provence and live your Provencal Dream.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Traditions in Provence

Christmas Traditions in Provence

Bright garlands of light,  Christmas trees, Festive Shop windows, Expositions of Santons, Welcoming garlands and bows on houses, misty mornings .......... it's Christmas in Provence ....
Looking through my photographs, I couldn't help but put together this photoblog of some of my favorite scenes from the Christmases we  have spent at Maison des Pelerins our vacation home in Sablet. 

If you have ever thought about visiting Provence at Christmas,
I hope these pictures will give you a sense of the fun, festivity and tradition
 that accompanies the Christmas season in small villages and larger towns in Provence.
As an added bonus - at this time of the year, Provence has an atmosphere that is much more serene
than it seems to be during the summer "season".

It starts with a very, very early morning view out from the bedroom window of Maison des Pelerins.
A pre dawn, look at the frosty sleeping vineyards .......... I just love this view and take full advantage of every opportunity to enjoy an early morning cup of tea by this window

Looking at this picture - I can almost smell the bread baking at the Boulangerie in the square below

On with the day ....... An Exhibition of Santons in Seguret - our neighboring village .......

Master Santonniers from towns and villages throughout Provence come to this very well known
"Expositions des Santons" to display their creativity.

The Christmas Creche plays a very important role in Provencal Christmas decor

As legend has it, Christ was born in Provence, and Santonniers create scenes that show how the village would have looked at the time of his birth.  In addition to the usual figures of the creche, Provencal creches also include characters from the village as can be seen in the display above.  It shows the villagers carrying gifts, on their way to greet the new baby Jesus.

Time to do a little shopping ....... the Christmas windows look so inviting       

Coffee time at this beautifully decorated cafe in the Village of Seguret

A festive book store window in Carpentras

......... in the village of Seguret

Our Village - Sablet - the festive window of a boulangerie with a great display of Three King's Cakes
(Galette des Rois)

As the day goes on
..... streetlights and decorations light up the evening......


Aix-en-Provence cheerful shop windows and street lights add to the festive ambiance 

Aix-en-Provence - a canopy of bright Christmas lights guides you all the way down the Cours Mirabeau which is lined on either side with Christmas Market stalls.

Vaison-la-Romaine - the Place du Montfort - dressed up in lights for the season

Dinner time after all that shopping .... The Chateau Martinet - a restaurant near Sablet -
decorated and ready  for Christmas and New Year guests

Joyeux Noel!   The dining room at Maison des Pelerins ready for Christmas dinner.

"May your days be merry and bright ........."

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