Another Encounter at a French Spa


In keeping with my newfound tradition in Provence of getting a massage while my husband bikes Ventoux or elsewhere, I made an appointment at the new spa at la Coquillade resort. Now, please note that I don’t stay in these places but just indulge in a little treat now and then by getting a massage and enjoying a glass of wine on an amazing terrace at these luxury resorts.


That being said, I made my reservation and was confirmed to have a massage at 4:00 p.m. with Gilles. All sounded great. Well, when I arrived for my massage, “Gilles” was a handsome, 6’2 Frenchman. Um, awkward!

You see, while that may be the norm for the French, we folks from the United States are still a bit on the reserved side. Hmm. What to do? Well, I told myself, ‘It’s just like a medical treatment.’

That treatment was in a beautiful room—thankfully dark—and extremely thorough. By the time I left, I was so relaxed it didn’t matter if it was Jill, Gilles, or whom it was. La Coquillade is a five-star resort. A wonderful place for a spa treatment, a meal, or just an apéritif on a terrace.


À bientôt!

2 thoughts on “Another Encounter at a French Spa

    • It was his third time biking Mont Ventoux. He said it was as hard as ever. He rides from Bedoin up, which is the hardest way. Afterward, he drove me up to the top. It is amazing!


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