I love pretty much anything having to do with what I think of as the "golden age of travel." My imagination conjures up images of exotic destinations, luxury transatlantic ocean liners, perky Pam Am stewardesses and opulent hotel lobbies with snappy bellmen. Sure, travel in those years was more likely expensive, uncomfortable and took forever, but in my imagination it is swanky, and everyone is laughing and drinking martinis.
Travel posters and hotel labels artwork of the era perfectly capture the promise of adventure and romance. After I started researching travel art I instantly knew that this was the feeling I wanted to convey for our Little House in France website.
Our home is located in the village of Bedoin, which dates back many hundreds of years, and is seated under the shadow of the imposing Mont Ventoux, Le Geant de Provence. The surrounding area is known for its vineyards, fruit orchards, and vast fields of sunflowers and lavender.
Working with graphic designer and friend Wayne Smith, we selected the key elements that we felt communicated the essence of the La Maison Rose experience
and arranged them to create a stylized landscape reminiscent of a classic hotel label.
Here is the finished art:
Wayne even gave it some vintage wear and tear to create the feeling that it has been on a suitcase and crossed the Atlantic a few times.
If you would like a La Maison Rose hotel label of your own, visit us in Provence where one will be waiting for you as part of your welcome package! Bon Voyage!
It is amazing how quickly events set into motion gain a momentum of their own! After a month of exhausting preparation, we put our house on the market on June 22nd. Less than a week later we had accepted an offer, and our house is now in escrow. And in six short weeks we will be on a plane headed to France!
Our "To Do" list is growing exponentially as we prepare for our late August departure to France. Every day has been jam-packed with gathering material for our visa applications, figuring out what to pack, store, ship, sell and toss, plus making time to take Berlitz French lessons 5 days a week. We all feel like we have been tossed into a salad spinner!
The next big hurdle is securing the Carte Compétences et Talents (visa) before our departure. Our French immigration lawyer has almost finished assembling all of the paperwork, and then we will be at the mercy of the various government agencies to approve it and issue the visa. It is a bit of a concern because we are nearing the month of August, when almost all government activity in France grinds to a halt. Fingers crossed!
The other item of some concern was the house we will be leasing in Bedoin. We had only seen a few snapshots of the empty house, and since we are committing to a year there, everyone was imagining showing up to move into a ruin. Happily, some friends who live an hour away were nice enough to meet the owner at the property, and sent a glowing report, along with photos of the house and garden.
Although the past few weeks have been frantic and stressful, one thing has been abundantly clear: I'd rather be in a tumbled down ruin together, than in a chateau away from my family.
It is terrific to be together and working towards the same goal. On y va!