It’s funny how things work out in this life. Last year when we first came to Semur on vacation I remember our first walk through the village and seeing a house that literally stopped me in my tracks. Every time I passed it I felt happy, now I see it every day.

But what makes me really happy is that we’ve become friends with the owner of this magical place and he’s even lovelier than his home. Warning: excessive drooling may occur.

Amazing right? And this is only half of it!! I feel incredibly fortunate to be invited to this place and to know the sweet man who lovingly cares for it every day (he also makes glorious tarte tartin). Of course I’m not the only person who loves chez Francis and this weekend if you happen to be in Semur you can see it for yourself as he opens his gate for the Jardins et Santé charity tour. The charity recognizes the healing powers of garden so if you need a lift this weekend come on back and take it all in again and again. Merci Francis…

ps thanks to Neil for these gorgeous photos