this trip south to stay for the last time in my house in Spain involved more exploration of France than usual. my first

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stop was to deliver pots to my dear friend Philippe Model, for his new shop Philippe Model Maison in the rue Condorcét in Paris, opening soon.

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he lives in Sens, south of Paris, in his family home, a seventeenth century farmhouse with four hectares of

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river

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avenues

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trees

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ex-tanning factory

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fascination

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hat-making workshops (he is a famous hat designer)

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theatrical sets (he does that too)

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secret places

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hoards

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shambolics

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objets/things

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hidden floors

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the king of the labyrinth

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photo-scenic corners

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and a delicious house

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with its ancient high wood-lined vaulted ceilings and attics

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and courtyards

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after this adventure I drove all the way across France to the south west and over into Spain

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where we stayed in a very nice hotel that allows dogs and doesn’t even charge extra

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in the beautiful city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. from there a six hour drive to the finca.