It’s almost time to think about where to go on vacation this summer and so it is too early to identify any meta spring to spend the first warm day of 2013. So here is a little village in Provence called Grignan used for a short but satisfying and relaxing stay in castles, ancient villages and large expanses of lavender.
The castle is an ancient fortress built in the Middle Ages and later became the largest Renaissance castle of the south east of France. Partially dismantled during the Revolution, it was restored in 900 and today is a National Historic Landmark that preserves paintings, furniture and tapestries. In March and April special tours are offered on Sunday as part of Dimanche au château. In April it is also planned to reopen the castle of Suze la Rousse. After a few months of work it will host a wine museum. Particularly fascinating are the shape and location of the building: Powerfully placed on top of a hill. Still a fortified village in the area, Adhémar dates from the 12th century and is known as suitable for a visit from walkways to the great tower.
If you have enough time to stay in the area to fully appreciate the beauty, I suggest the Maison du moulin, a country house with two rooms and three suites with a great atmosphere, including stone furniture and furnishings typical of Provence.