Every little girl dreams of being a princess. And every woman still has a little girl inside her. What does this equal? Girl still wants to be a princess. Living in a country where castles are sprinkled all over the landscape, there’s a lot of room left to dream and imagine life in another time.
After discovering the fact that our friend’s “vacation house” is actually part of a 17th century castle, girl was more than prepared to live a little slice of a childhood dream for a weekend. She took a weekend trip down to a little village near Aix-en-Provence to tour some of the castles in the region and, of course, to experience a bit of life in an old castle!
The chateau was build in the 17th century and was formerly owned by the count who wrote the French civil code. After the Revolution, the property was split into thirds and given to the farmers who occupied the chateau’s farms. Lucky for our friend, his family were farmers.
The property is now surrounded by rolling hills, local vineyards, bushes of lavender and small farms with the most delicious smelling melons. Far from the noise of the big city, the only sound you can hear is the chirping of les cigales.
//Photos: Chateau de Martialis, Ansouis July 2012