I mentioned a few posts ago that I had recently listened to the Sam Levitt series by Peter Mayle. I moved on to A Good Year , ( I had previously seen the movie), A Year in Provence , and Toujours Provence. A Good Year is fiction, strongly based on Mayle’s life, and the othe two are memoirs. I think the memoirs are hands-down winners over Mayle’s fiction. The memoirs are full of funny tales of truffle hunting, Napoleonic coins found in the garden, and cleverly manipulating builders to make it a priority to finish renovations on the Mayle home.
Toujours Provence could be translated as either Always Provence or Still Provence and either one would work here. Once you have been to Provence, you will always fantasize that you are still there. I couldn’t help contemplating another visit to the south of France this summer – maybe to Aix. I haven’t been there yet and it feels like an oversight that requires attention before another Polar Vortex hits New England.