My Saturday in the village of Riez starts in the courtyard of Hotel Des Colonnes. An aperitif in the garden with some French friends we just met, under a Klein blue sky with stars. The thick grass, the lemon tree, the Pierre de Ronsard. The nostalgic, light, poetic, peculiar Provençal atmosphere in its Bohemian version is the soul of this house, which was built at the end of the 17th century and which reflects the personality of its owner, Geraldine. Artists’ works, vintage furniture, multicolour carpets, memories, and books. Every room is a cabinet of curiosities and turns into a bazaar where it faces the street. Breakfast is a French good-morning to share with all the guests. Lac de Sainte Croix, Grasse or further on to Arles? We plan the daily excursions together, lingering in a garden that belongs to a small perfect cosmos and that one does not leave easily.
Words Laura Taccari. Pictures Leone Di Sebastiano. Translation Alessia Andriolo.