Back in the Rolling Hills of Perthshire

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Perthshire with its stunning hills and mountains dotted with sheep and ancient stone walls and bridges is a place we just weren’t done with yet. So we made our way back to discover a little more and establish some roots. We returned to the region of Perthshire in Scotland to a small village called Killiecrankie, just outside the larger town of Pitlochry.

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But the main reason we returned was to bring my husband’s parents on a trip of a lifetime so that his mom could see where her mom had grown up. Upon finding what seemed to be the farm we were looking for according to Google Maps, something just didn’t seem right. The house was too new to be the original farmhouse from the 1920’s. We knocked on the door, but no one answered. So then we noticed across the street a long private driveway and sheepishly decided to drive down it to see if that could be the farm. After making our way down the long road, we arrived to find an older woman standing in the yard, and we nervously got out of the car to explain ourselves. Upon telling her that we were looking for a certain farm, she said, “This is the farm!” Delighted, she invited us to have a look around. It warmed our hearts for our mom to walk the grounds where her mom had once walked.

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Our time in Perthshire, exploring quaint villages and venturing to other parts of Scotland, was memorable indeed. Next time, I can’t wait to share the charming rentals where we stayed, overlooking the misty, rolling hills of Perthsire.

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The 42-Euro Omelette at la Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Luberon!

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At the top of the dreamy village of Ménerbes within a 17th-century mansion is la Maison de la Truffe et du Vin de Luberon. Year after year upon visiting this village, we would peer curiously through the iron gate of la Maison de la Truffe into the most beautiful, intimate garden on the side of a cliff and would wonder what it would be like to dine there. Yet, we always walked away feeling intimidated by its elegance.

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This time we did it! And to our surprise, the restaurant, which is called la Cantine des Gourmets, even has a plate of the day at lunchtime that comes with dessert and a glass of wine for just 20-25 euros! The day we visited, it was cochon du Ventoux, which was excellent. My curiosity though was fixed on the 42-euro omelette. Why was it so pricey? The black truffle of Provence, which is also called the Périgord truffle and nicknamed the black diamond.

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The omelette was indeed delicious, and we would definitely return for the truffle-inspired dishes and the elegant setting at la Maison de la Truffe et du Vin de Luberon. There is also a cave for tasting the local wines of the Luberon along with a beautiful gift shop with books on Provence, truffles, and all kinds of regional products.

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But don’t forget that for just five euros you can get just as delicious of an omelette or a quiche just a one-minute walk down the hill to Chez Auzet.

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À bientôt!