Travel brings out a love and curiosity for the world around you, sometimes in ways you aren’t even expecting. You relax into a part of yourself you haven’t seen in a while.
During the French Muse trip, we enjoyed nonstop days of exploring the Provençal countryside along with food, wine and special finds. But one of the best parts was the special new friends we made along the way. Each day our group headed out to different villages, enjoying a combination of outdoor markets interspersed with visits in the private homes of designers, artists and antique dealers.
The people we’ve met have been so welcoming and warm, opening their homes to us as if we’ve been friends for a long time. Of course, it helped to have the introduction by our hosts, but each person has been uniquely gracious and immensely accommodating. Some are antique dealers showing us treasures in their homes or in a chateau. Some are artists who don’t normally open their homes, some are internationally known designers, artists or experts from different areas.
Each has allowed a rare glimpse into their personal lives and tolerated this American and our two fake Canadians to wander through their homes, ask nonstop questions, use their bathrooms and touch the rare finds that make their homes uniquely theirs. Each time we also sit down and share some wine and food and the time transforms from strangers traipsing through their house to enjoying a meal with friends.
I went to Provence in search of old treasures, but I came home with the most valuable thing of all — new friends to treasure for a lifetime.