If Paris was a woman, I’d want to be her friend.
As I wandered the cobblestoned, tree-lined boulevards of Saint-Rémy-de Provence, I couldn’t help noticing the legacy of Nostradamus that lives on. What I didn’t know, was what a courageous legacy it was, a story of a man who continued on his path, even though many found him insane.
For most who visit the villages of Provence, Apt is just a place to pass through. A town in the Luberon Valley that seems industrial at first glance. It wasn’t until I did a tour into the old city that I really saw it’s charm, and understood why it’s known as one of the most Provençal towns.
The Alchemist has been one of the most influential books in my life. I read it the first time years ago when I was traveling alone in Thailand. I’ll never forget sitting on the patio of my tiny beach hut, looking out at the ocean, reading The Alchemist for the first time. When I recommended it to an Australian friend who was on her own world tour, years later, her download onto her kindle came with an inspiring introduction by Paulo Coelho himself.
‘Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls… the big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.’
How is it the French are able to make everything so chic? During my time in Provence, I quickly discovered a very important part of French culture. The vide grenier, which literally translates to ’emptying the attic.’