Gra­cious land­ings

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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.

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