Le Clair de la Plume
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In the Shadow of Mme de Sévigné
Every French child knows Françoise-Marguerite de Sévigné, better known as Madame de Sévigné, whose letters to her daughter were the subject of many a childhood dictation. Above the lovely hilltop village of Grignan sits the chateau, home of Mme de Sévigné's daughter, whom we know so well through her mother's letters. Grignan is an enticing little village and in early summer lavender blooms everywhere. The perfect place to spend the night is the Clair de la Plume. The hotel is stuffed with personality, every room decorated differently by a loving owner and filled with little touches important to travelers - fruit in the room, bottled water, and surprisingly, books, everywhere, with the 'take one leave one' rule. Even more attractive is the hotel's restaurant, tucked inside a solarium that allows light in from every direction - especially onto the plate, which provides delectable local specialties. I had three meals here and would have happily stayed for three more.
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