Back in January we received a worrying email from our friends in New York; the New York Times had just published an article on hidden gems in Tuscany and included the place we normally stay. Stunned, we tried to book a week and to our dismay found that it was already totally booked up. If I were queen for a day, I would ban hidden gem articles because once written, those articles destroy all those magical wonderful haunts. However, because we have been so many times, the owners very kindly offered us a place on the same estate which they were doing up.
We grabbed the chance and booked our week in sunny Italy. But we still had another week of holiday to organise and Tom and I were pining for Provence. We particularly love a small town called Uzes (used by Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac), which is near enough to our favourite muscat haunt, amphitheatres and lavender. Again we searched and found nothing until, while looking with Tom, a perfect place showed up on a trawl of the interweb, complete with two terraces. Already we are salivating over the very thought of enjoying a camembert and drinking Rhone wines having spent a day in the river at Pont du Gard. But to tell you more would be revealing one of those gems which you really should discover for yourself, so no more details from me….