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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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Suzanne Dunaway

How lovely to have your first dream segue into yet another!! And the pool! Wow.

Loulou will mention it in her blog, especially if there are kitties around the Rouge Bleu property...and there always are, no?

You were right not to have overnight guests.....trust me.

Cynthia Gillespie-Smith

It must feel a bit bizarre, Kristi, to see your writer's nook, the setting of so much creativity, turned into a bedroom, non? The B&B is charming and I am not only spreading the word, I am booking a short stay this summer! J'adore les photos!

Chris Allin

Kristi,
How gratifying it must be to know the home and vineyard that you and Jean-Marc put so much into are thriving under the care of Caroline and Thomas. It seems you have developed a wonderful friendship through Domaine Rouge-Bleu...a connection through the earth, the vines and the changing seasons that continues the legacy. And now another endeavor, which your readers can patiently watch come together and cheer you on! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labor this spring~

vicki ford

Kristin,
In June of 2012 we came to one of the beautiful afternoons under the big tree at Rouge Blue. As we drove up, the first person I saw was Caroline and then Jean-Marc who had both been hard at work. I immediately knew that she cared because she got stuck outside talking to us as Jean-Marc got ready for the group that was coming.
That day continues to be a beautiful memory in large part because of your warm smile and hospitality. May all good things continue at the B & B.
Blessings to your family, Vicki

Natalia

Our dear Kristi,
How wonderful to see such a beautiful and meaningful part of your life merge into more steps on the journey to happiness!Thank you for sharing this--and such gorgeous pictures!-with us!
Love
Natalia. xo

Lee Isbell

I so want to stay there some time. I considered it for the short time I will have between tours with Lisa and Beth next summer, but decided I didn't want to rent a car so will be staying a little more "urban" in a hotel with a ton of restaurants around. We missed seeing you last summer, but Thomas and Caroline were wonderful.

Nancy, San Antonio, Texas

A lovely life transition. Having the dream, nurturing the dream, working for the dream and then releasing it when appropriate. Representing so much of life - known as one transition after another.

Thank you for continuing to share your life with us.

Anne Hamada

Dear Kristin,
What a lovely story accompanied by those (usual) beautiful photos. Having read all about the new B&B I feel very fortunate to have been (with Linda and Abigail and le chien, Robin) at one of your wine tastings in the summer of 2012... We had such a good time made all the better by Jean Marc's delicious vins that he labored over. I think it's brilliant that your lovely farmhouse has been turned into a B&B... What a delight it must be for those fortunate enough to know about it and be a guest there! I know Smokey and Braise must miss it, but as you've said, they've adapted to their new surroundings, storms and all. Welcome to the new pussycat! Thank you for today's story... It brought back very fond memories.
Warmest regards, Annie (in Chicago)

Teresa

You are the very definition of graciousness, Kristin. It must have been wrenching to sell the home and land that you and J-M had put your hearts and souls into for so many years. And to see changes being made there. Yet you put all that behind you and are reaching out to help your friends, the new owners, make a go of it by renting rooms. Not everyone could do this. Is your middle name Grace?

God bless you, Kristin.

Kristin Espinasse

Thank you for these wonderfully kind comments and for visiting the Domaine Rouge-Bleu site. I know Caroline and Thomas appreciate your support, and I am very touched by your warm and encouraging words too.

Nancy, love what you said about "Having the dream, nurturing the dream, working for the dream and then releasing it when appropriate. Representing so much of life - known as one transition after another."

Karen from Phoenix

Beautiful pictures. I went on the website as well. Love the B&B. Looks so peaceful. Maybe one day!!!

I can imagine how hard it was for you and Jean-Marc to sell but how great that you found such wonderful people to love it as much as you did.

Vance Anderson-Inks

What a great post, as I sit here with a broken arm in three places since before Christmas. Was hoping to
catch up with Jules in P.V. soon, and then head for Bandol(?). Start therapy tomorrow, so hope still waits around the corner. They seem to be lovely people that will love the land you left in their care. She's got to be good. Spent many years in Auz. Married one.
Still want one of those wagons with a Gypsy Varner to haul Jules and I around.

Marianne Rankin

I may not get to France for several more years, but am wondering how far Domaine Rouge-Bleu is from Bandol. If I go to France again, I would like to visit both locations, and especially to meet everyone in person.

I'm a bit vague on exactly what Jean-Marc does now (as a job, vs. wine-growing and other activities on the side). Does he anticipate coming to the States this year?

Alisa

In answer to Marianne's question about Jean-Marc, check out his blog-site: http://a-la-recherche-du-vin.typepad.com/mas-des-brun/ :) The Espinasse's are a very busy family! And so gracious to share their lives with us... Thank you Kristin, Jean-Marc et al!

Diane Young

Lovely photos and so enticing. Jean-Marc was wise to search for the right people to take over his beloved vineyards. And your new home seems beautiful with its nearby Mer to enjoy. You have chosen well, cherie.

GUS ELISON

MY, YOU DO KNOW HOW TO HURT AN 89 YEAR OLD. JUST LOOKING AT ALL THE PICTURES AND CAPTIONS IN THIS BLOG, MAKES ME WANT TO LEAVE THIS ALL BEHIND AND FLY AWAY. PAULETTE AND I HOPE TO MAKE OUR LAST VISIT TO FRANCE IN SEPTEMBER. LORD WILLING! THANKS FOR LOVELY MEMORIES.

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