I met Glee Lamb several years ago here in Atlanta through the ASA (Atlanta Symphony Associates) a group which helps support and raise money for the Atlanta Symphony. Recently we got together with our significant other for an enjoyable dinner at the restaurant il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Dunwoody
As a follow up to our dinner I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to learn about what motivated Glee to purchase a house in Provence France and all the details involve.
1) How long have you owned the property?
Bought it in 2004.
2) What made you decide on the location?
A Florida girl, I loved the seaside, so why not the French Rivera? Palm trees, the Mediterranean, the beautiful medieval hillside village with a 14th century castle at the top and my little “village house,” complete with a balcony that affords a view of the ocean, dotted with sail boats.
3) What was the condition when you bought it and did you renovate it?
It was built in the 1600’s and was quite in shambles when I bought it. I, first, hired a mason to re-tile the floors and he later became my “contractor.” I named it “Le Perchoir,” which, in English, means “The Perch.”
4) What are your favorite things to do when you stay at the property?
Restaurants, Sights, Activities etc. Visit neighboring towns of Vence, St. Paul, Nice, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Villefranche, Eze, Monte Carlo, St. Remo, Antibes, Cannes, Grasse, Aix-en-Provence…. all within between 15 minutes and 2 hours away. Love the many open-air and antique markets, the wines, the cheeses and the sumptuous array of fresh vegetables and fruits….and seafood.
5) What is your favorite memory about the property?
Living among the French in the village and going down the hill to the bakery for a baguette and croissants every day, I feel French, myself.
6) How often do you go to the south of France and stay in your property?
At least once a year, in-between visits from lots of interested friends and travelers who come to rent Le Perchoir.
Additional Questions About Your Love Of Travel:
1) What are your favorite destinations to visit beside the South of France?
Spain, Corsica, Italy, Vietnam, India, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Hong Kong, England and, of course, anywhere in the USA!
2) What is your most memorable experience during ANY of your travels?
Bungee jumping over Victoria Falls (200 yards decent) on my 70th birthday and riding on an elephant up to a palace in Jaipur, India.
3) Is there a place that you have not visited but would like to visit? Where do you dream of visiting?
I have a very fun traveling companion who makes “destination lists” with me all the time and they change daily. Today, our list includes: Hawaii, Alaska, Bali, Bordeaux, France, a transatlantic crossing on an ocean liner.
4) What are your favorite activities to indulge while on vacation?
The joy of discovery….. traveling on our own vs. in groups, visiting historical sites, walking around and finding quaint little restaurants, shopping in local stores to find useful memorabilia to take home as mementos and for presents and….. looking forward to coming home again.