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On the homepage, you will find a journal to keep you up to date. Many of our regular customers tell us that they often read it to keep a foot in the door of “Au Pied du Ventoux”.
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Diary (Click on photos to enlarge)

The 14th of June 2018: Summer has come!

Summer has finally come, after an unpredictable spring...
The sun has brought season fruits and vegetables to the plates of our clients.
Things are getting hot in the Au Pied Du Ventoux kitchen, for the great pleasure of our guests!

Last Sunday, we could taste the Red Diamond of Provence and celebrate cherries in Venasque while giving typical dances a try.
From the 6th of July to the 24th of July, the famous Avignon festival will give place to numerous artists in the streets of the City of the Popes.

Summer is also bringing stars, and watching them at Au Pied Du Ventoux is such a delightful activity! Comfortably installed next to our swimming pool, you can start dreaming below the pure and starlit Provence sky.

We still have some vacancies for summer, so what are you waiting for coming and relaxing in Flassan, and enjoy the Mont Ventoux treasures?

See you soon !

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The 20th of February 2018 : Snow on the Ventoux has melted, Spring is coming !
What a lovely day, the mistral has chased the clouds and we’re writing this article to introduce ourselves with 20°C outside on the patio.
We are Charlotte and Clement, we took over « Au Pied du Ventoux » this winter. We fell in love with beautiful Provence during our holidays and we are eager to share our experiences of such a wonderful place with you !
We are a young couple coming from North of France and Burgundy. We managed to gather our passions in this new adventure : discoveries, meetings, great places, landscapes and gastronomy.
We will be happy to welcome you for your next holiday in our beautiful house, where we want to keep the authentic and warm atmosphere of bed and breakfast. For dinner, we will be pleased to cook you meals from Provence or restyle specialities from our places with good and tasty vegetables and sun grown fruits locally produced.
You can contact us to plan your next holiday, we still have some vacancies. Come to Flassan to escape from the cold smog and find the warming sun, discover the villages of Provence with their markets, face the Mont Ventoux, hike in the reserve of the Ventoux, attend to a play in Avignon, or simply chill out in our swimming pool.
À bientôt !

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31st December 2017 A new year and new adventures
For 11 years now, we had the opportunity to accommodate and entertain you at “Au Pied du Ventoux”. It was a big pleasure for us. The idea of bringing everyone together at the dinner table, brought us closer and we all became almost a small family. This New Year will bring a beginning of new adventures. We give over our guesthouse to Charlotte and Clément, a young couple from the north of France, who will continue to welcome you in Flassan. We will still be around to help with words and deeds.

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15th November 2017 a good harvest of Olives this year!
This year, there has been a good harvest of Olives. 1L of olive oil can be extracted from 5kg of Olives. The harvest of Olives is happening right now. That’s the reason why it’s difficult for me to meet my friends. “No time!” is the answer. Everybody gives a helping hand to everyone. Olives in exchange of olive oil. Either the elderly neighbours or one’s godmother receive help, or the local soil is harvested. One’s own garden is the last on the list.

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August 19, 2017 The maze of signs
It was not easy today to get to us at "Au Pied du Ventoux" in Flassan. The village festival has just begun: three days of boules competition, carousels for children and outside partying for adults. It seems that several inhabitants of the village had the idea of diverting the traffic. To do so they fixed signs everywhere, so that nobody knew where to go.

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2nd July 2017 the apricot harvest
The setting was ideal to pick apricots today: the sky was blue, the temperature just enjoyable and there was a light breeze of mistral. Indeed, we live in a cherry and wine region, but since today I must say that there quite a few apricots as well. We were a dozen people to fill our crates. But now there is still some work left: prepare apricot tarts and jam.

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22th May 2017 « Clafoutis »
The season of cherries has started in our region, the biggest and best-known region for cherries in France. For me, it’s also the time of baking delicious Clafoutis. Since many of our guests ask me for my recipe, there it is:
For 8 people, oven at 210°C, 45 min of baking
500g of black cherries, 4 eggs, 125g of sugar, a pinch of salt, 2 small spoons of cinnamon, 80g of flour, 60g of butter, ¼ L of milk including a small portion of whole single cream.
Whip the eggs with a pinch of salt, sugar and cinnamon, add the flour, the melted butter, then the milk. Pour the pastry in a porcelain plate (28cm), add the cherries one by one. After the baking, dust the Clafoutis with some icing sugar. Serve lukewarm.

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1st April 2017 the summit sign of the Ventoux has been stolen
As we all know, the road leading to the summit of the Mont Ventoux is closed for cars and bicycles from the 15th October to the 15th April. For this reason, the disappearance of the sign has only been discovered a few days ago by a trial participant. She must not have believed her eyes arriving at the Nirvana after 1900m of height difference. Where is the sign? Who stole it?
If you, dear guests, own souvenir photos in front of the sign, please send us your best ones. We would like to make a summit sign collage with them.

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19th March 2017   Picnic under cherry trees
The sun made us go out of the house today. With our picnic blanket and a cake, we settled by 23°C degrees in the middle of a cheery tree field. The quantity and the colors of the blossoms on the trees and in the fields are changing each day. When we came back home, I rushed to the storeroom to get the Easter decoration to decorate our terrace. Easter will happen in 4 weeks. We are looking forward to welcoming our first guests of the year.

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2nd February 2017   Candlemas Day
The Candlemas, the feast of candles and light is a Christian feast celebrated on the 2nd of February, exactly 40 days after Christmas to recall us of Joseph and Mary bringing Jesus to the Temple accordingly to the Jewish tradition where the first newborn boy in the family should be brought to the Temple 40 days after birth.
According to the national custom, this feast is associated with Crêpes which are prepared for this occasion to remind us that the end of winter is arriving and that there are still enough stocks of food. Moreover, when cooking the first Crêpe, it is common to flip it multiple times to ward off bad luck for the whole year.

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20th December 2016 A skating rink in the garden of Au Pied du Ventoux
A skating rink in the garden of Au Pied du Ventoux, I think it will remain a dream for Christiane and Robert. To go out dancing, we will have to keep going on the dancing floors in town. At temperatures of 15-18°C during midday, it is suitable to sunbath on the terrace and have a coffee. From here we would like to send our best wishes for Christmas to our dear guests and friends combined with wishes of good health and peace for the New Year.

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3rd November 2016 The last swim in the pool
For a week the family from Esslingen, who plans to be the last guests of the year using our pool, has been here. It has been like this for some years now. They spend their morning taking a copious breakfast on the terrace and short activities such as horse-riding or hiking. After lunch and a nap in the sun, they rush to the pool. It is not easy to convince Charlotte getting out of it. Unfortunately school is starting again in three days in Germany where the weather is already cold. She will probably think of her last swim in the sun for a few times.

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17.-24.09.2017      Serpentine-Reisen’s Hiking and Language week
A group of motivated ladies came together for an ‘active’ holiday week in the Provence. During three hours per day in a relaxed atmosphere, this class of ladies was studying French. Three other hours of hiking completed the day. They hiked in the areas of the Mont Ventoux, the Dentelles de Montmirail, the Demoiselles coiffées of Bédoin or Venasque and more. Their feedback was the following: studying French associated with hiking sessions were two beneficial activities which complete each other very well.

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20th August 2016 “Gone with the wind”
“Where does in fact the Mistral come from?” have I heard asking today. This dry, sometimes freezing, north-south wind, which is generated in the Massif Central, blows fresh air masses to the Rhône Valley as soon as the air above the Mediterranean Sea is warmer than on the mainland. At times, it reaches 120km/h (75mi/h) like this year for the previewed finish on the top of the Ventoux of the Tour de France stage. It clears the sky from clouds and dries the air. Therefore we have the famous blue sky in the Provence and the unique bright light (2700 to 2900 hours of sunshine during the year). We can as well see the mountains in a range of 150kms (95 miles). Moreover the temperature drops during the night so we can observe a splendid sky full of stars above Flassan.

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12th July 2016      The Tour is coming !
The Mont Ventoux is about to welcome the Tour participants.  The last arrangements are being made: closing the concerning roads, filling up the storage of drinks and building up mobile toilets. What a coincidence that the 12th stage of this Tour de France (Montpellier-Mont Ventoux) will be on the 14th of July, the French National Holiday. I’m sure that on the dance floor on this Thursday night there will be plenty of satisfied faces. It’s all about being there.

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7th May Lies and Willy
A lovely Dutch-Belgian group just spent its holidays at „Au Pied du Ventoux“.
Lies and Willy, the grandparents, came with family and friends for some bike-riding all together. Obviously they climbed the giant Mont Ventoux, which delighted Willy, a bike expert. Superman was the first to reach the top to the great surprise of the others. This is how I called the son-in-law since he was wearing a Superman t-shirt for dinner. The day after, the group rent bikes for the children so they could also go on a tour with them. To immortalize their stay, I shot a picture of them.

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9th April 2016 A day spent among pigs
Today we went on a little journey to a pork butchery in Sault. As we opened the front door of the shop, a flavorsome and pleasant smell reached our noses. All the sausages are home made of pigs from the Ventoux. These pigs which breathe pure mountain air, live in big free-range fields in a radius of 100kms around Sault. The pigs of the Ventoux take their time to fatten: they have got 180 days. What a chilled situation!

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23rd February 2016 No winter this year
There was no winter this year. The snow fell only for 2 days on the 1900m high Mont Ventoux. The ski resort could not open for one day. The temperatures were soft and the sun was shining continuously in Vaucluse.
The blossoming of the almond trees started 6 weeks earlier as usual. At the time, the Iris, the dandelions and co are blooming. We are about to begin our spring cleaning at “Au Pied du Ventoux” and expect the first guests coming soon.

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