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Calla In Motion

Early Fall in Arles

Lindsey Calla

A Few Nights at Hotel Particulier 

Dress: Theory, Boots: Rag & Bone

Jumping back in time a little bit to bring you some more photos from my trip to the South of France.  I played travel agent for my mom and I and spent hours with my eyes glued to the computer trying to find places to stay that had history and character.  I find that travel is the best way to change perspective and I love to feel like I've stepped back in time to get a really authentic experience that still feels luxurious.  I ended up on a travel site called Mr and Mrs Smith (not sponsored, fyi) and used them as a guide to handpick some of those special luxury boutique hotels and then researched them further on trip advisor etc.  One hotel that popped up was Hotel Particulier in Arles.  It sits within a lovingly restored 18th century townhouse and is filled with a mix of period antiques and modern furnishings with white and gold being the dominant color palette.  There's a small staff of about 2 or 3 who made us feel like we had the whole place to ourselves.  The breakfast was unreal and just so simple and delicious.  We spent so much time just wandering the property, sipping champagne over delicate, hand-made snacks and feeling like we were tucked away in a secret garden in a city filled with layers of history.

I specifically loved the antique hand-carved chairs that were in the breakfast room.  It completely inspired us to go find brocante shops and flea markets and scour for french antiques.  It was perfectly timed because I was moving into a new apartment in New Orleans that's from the 1800s and has this beautiful french character and needed furniture.  The downside, however, was the cost of shipping back to America that was four times the price of the actual item.  C'est la vie!  Regardless, I don't think I've ever been so inspired.

Provence is truly a place that I will try to return to often.  I can see why artists and creative types flock there.  It's a place that's probably a bit overrun at times by tourists but yet still manages to retain a feeling off isolation in the best way possible.  It's still authentic and strives to maintain an old way of life that is just so simple and beautiful.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into our travels and if you get the chance to spend a night here in Arles, I highly recommend it!