Jet lag after 17 hours of travel and a stopover in the middle of the night? Yes, jet lag was surely present when I hauled my suitcase off the carousel and careened into the sunshine at Nice airport.
But jet lag evaporated on a road that wound through historic villages and green hills. And there was not a hint of it left by the time I’d reached the stone walls and wooden shutters of La Bastide Saint Antoine – home for the next two days in a universe where home means room service, gourmet food and linen that makes going to bed feel like climbing into a fluffy cloud.
And from an elegantly penned welcome note to the sunblock that waited in my room, our hosts had considered everything down to the hat – a wildly pretty style collectible by Maison Michel, the famed milliner who makes chapeaux for Chanel, including the ones we see on the catwalk.
But of course, there was only one star of this show: the lovely bottle of Chanel Nº5 L’eau that waited in its signature black and white box. The effect was instant: love at first spray. But for love to last, you need depth and context. And that was what I was about to discover.