Last June I spent a month in Mirepeisset, France. Every morning my Mom and I would walk down to the Canal du Midi to Porte Minervoise where we would sip on espressos and watch the boats motor down the canal. Sunshine, great coffee, baguettes and jam, it was a lovely way to relax. One day we noticed a woman busily setting up a table with easels and canvases. When she noticed we spoke English, she introduced herself as Petra Carter. As the owner of La Souqueto, a beautiful B&B in the center of Mirepeisset, she offers beautiful lodgings, as well painting classes and cooking classes.
Unfortunately for Petra, her clients for the day, who were coming down the canal for their classes, ran into a dock and did not make it. Not knowing what had happened to them she asked if we would like to accompany her to Le Somail, the next village, to see if she could find out what happened to them. Once we got back to Mirepeisset, Petra invited us in to view her beautiful home and her B&B. The rooms were lovely and her kitchen was spectacular.
Although I have a place to stay in the village, at some point I would love to book a room at La Souqueto just to experience her hospitality. What impresses me most about Petra is her zest for life, her willingness to always look for something new to experience, her knowledge of the history of the area and her ability to steer you in the right direction for sights to see and foods and wines to taste. I am so glad I got to meet her and am looking forward to getting to know her better on subsequent visits!