When we decided we wanted to visit Provence again this summer, we knew we wanted to have a “home base”. Last time we visited, we jumped around to different hotels in a mix of areas. While that was a great way to switch things up, we got a little tired of checking in and out with only a day or two in between. This time, we wanted to feel settled in a particular area and do day trips out to other towns and villages. After doing a bunch of research and inquiring on a few different properties, we booked Villa St Saturnin via Haven In.
Most days we ate a quick breakfast at the house, would venture off to explore during the day, then come back home in the early evening for dinner. So when we woke up one morning and saw a light drizzle outside, we decided to spend the day at the house. We came up with a delicious menu for brunch and once the rain came to a halt, we headed out to the market to grab all the ingredients.
We headed to Apt where we stopped by the Fromagerie for fresh cheese and an outdoor farmer’s market for vegetables and fruit and eggs. Afterwards, we went into Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt (which is only a few minutes away), to pick up some bread and pastries from the bakery that had quickly become our favorite. After having all of the necessary ingredients, we headed back to the house to do some cooking.
Thomas has always been the chef in our family, so he’s the one that usually does the meal planning. When he suggested making a vegetarian croque madame, I was all in. We used a mix of cheeses, as calls the typical recipe, but instead of ham, we opted for asparagus, squash, peppers and onion. He sautéed them before adding to the bread with lots and lots cheese and then put the slices in the oven to cook under the broiler. The last and final touch was a fried egg on top of each.
Once we were done cooking we were happy to see that the sun had fully come out, so we set up a table outside. We filled it with all of our market goods, like ripe strawberries, homemade jam, cherries, croissants and fresh juice, along with our croque madame sandwiches. It ended up being quite the spread for two people, but since we skipped breakfast and it was nearing lunch, we were quite hungry. We also ended up nibbling on the leftovers throughout the day, and ended up having it for dinner, too.
This old Joie top is one I always pack with me when traveling. A light blue or chambray shirt just always seems to come in handy. I’ll throw it on over a swimsuit, pair it with a skirt or wear it with jeans. On this day, I added it to these Club Monaco pants I bought last year that are still available and now on sale. I took off the bow tie for a simpler look and added these striped Margaux x MDS Stripes Espadrilles. Although this particular light blue shirt is no longer available, I found a few similar styles available here, here and here.
After our big brunch, we headed back into the house and changed into our swimsuits and sat out by the pool reading and working.