Where I’ve lived: Peymeinade

Peymeinade is a small village in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur (PACA) region of France. It is situated 41kms (25mi) from Nice and only 5km (3mi) from Grasse – Perfume Capital of the World.

The main road from Grasse to Draguignan goes straight through the village, but the towards the Town Hall (Mairie) you start to discover the old village.

The old village (Vieux Village) is a wonderful selection of small village houses normally 3 floors high with 2 rooms per floor. As you come up Avenue Charles de Gaulle, you come to a place with a fountain (where I used to park the motorbike) and there is an amazing Trompe-l’œil. The side of the house (below) has windows that are painted. Seeing this early morning as the sun came to shine on it was fantastic. Under the arch ways on the right are the former washhouse troughs.

Peimeinade Trompe L'oeil
Peymeinade Trompe L’oeil

As you carry-on you come across the church. On the right the road goes to Place de l Eglise and this is where some of our fantastic neighbours live. Anita, in particular. We arrived on the Saturday. On the Sunday morning Anita comes up to the house, gives us a baguette and says ‘I don’t suppose you’ve had time to go for bread’. She introduced herself and said we’d see her later. That was the beginning of a great friendship. Someone we could always count on.

If you stay on the same road and carry around, the house where we used to live is on the left. Chutney and Spice spent hours at the gate watching the world go by.

The view from the opposite direction. Our house on the right
The view from the opposite direction. Our house is on the right

We used to spend hours with  Anita, her sister Antonia and our neighbours from next door Marie France and Albert  on our ‘terrasse’ drinking wine, laughing and eating cakes !

They were our ‘guinea pigs’ for all our cupcakes, bread, cookies and other cakes. The only complaint they had was that we were helping them put on weight.

If ever you are in the area, don’t forget to take a ride trough the Old Village and why not take a walk along part of the Canal de la Siagne.


2 thoughts on “Where I’ve lived: Peymeinade

  1. I wonder how hard it is for you to settle back in the UK after living in this seeming idyllic location?
    I dream of having the ability to spend our time in 4 different locations 6 months at a time…

    1. Yes it was but mainly because of the neighbours we had. Get to work was lots of traffic jams. Sometimes more than 45mns to do a 22km (14mi) journey, but as I said it was the neighbours who helped so much.

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