You have been invited to visit the famous French region of Provence, to experience its rural beauty and sunny splendour. Your guide is Gordon Bitney who, with his wife, has just bought a villa there. Join the Bitneys on summer adventures as they renovate their villa and travel lavender-scented backroads, visiting ancient chateaux and Roman ruins. Discover, along with them, the region's bounty through its wines, cheeses, olives and escargots. Follow their adjustment to a different culture and their humorous challenges in dealing with tradesmen who have their own ideas about everything, including what day they will arrive.Bicycle past vineyards and orchards that are drenched by storms and warmed by the southern sun, and then harvest grapes in the fall with a vineyard owner. From country fare to haute cuisine in the south of France, this book radiates good food and heart-warming pleasure from every page. If you have been to Provence, after reading this book you will want to return; if you haven't yet visited you will yearn to go.