42. Follow Up

On our 2010 Life List: follow up on a childhood dream.

Sep 1, 2010
Outside Magazine
La Bastide de Moustiers

La Bastide de Moustiers

I saw it written up in a magazine when I was 16 and noted it in my journal: a farmhouse at the end of a lonely road in Provence with a tiny, Michelin-praised dining room. I wrote down the name, La Bastide de Moustiers (from $246; bastide-moustiers.com), and vowed that someday I'd take a beautiful woman there. Eighteen years later, I finally did. It was worth the wait—and the ridiculous tab. Our suite's bed was like a cloud; the hours-long fixed menu, cooked with herbs and vegetables from the garden and pigeon shot that day, kicked off with flutes of 1998 Krug Rosé, was a revelation. The next morning, my wife and I played pétanque out back with the chefs, then ambled around the medieval town and up into the breezy hills. The place was so seductive that I ditched plans to monkey up limestone walls at a famous sport-climbing hot spot nearby. Instead, I just sat in the sun rubbing my belly, picturing myself old and content and vacationing like this often.
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