I’ve just spent a few days in Arès…it may have little to do with design but Arès is for me a strong source of relaxation and inspiration. Located in the South West of France, just further south of Bordeaux – my birthplace – it is not as popular with tourists as its more famous neighbours (Andernos, Arcachon) but it certainly punches above its weight in terms of beautiful landscape.
Arès is a small resort town which I visit with my mum about twice a year and we routinely book one of the small houses overlooking the Pine forest in the Fishermen’s village. The walk through the forest to the sea is breathtaking and a mere 10 minutes. I love going there in spring and at the onset of autumn when everything exudes peacefulness and calm. I enjoy long walks on the beach, breathing fresh sea air and getting lost in my own thoughts.
One of the advantages of that place – or drawbacks, whichever way you look at it – is that you can forget about having a decent internet connection, so armed with a good old pen and a piece of paper, I get my inspiration from looking at the sea instead of gazing blankly at the letters in front of my computer screen. Being there gives me the time and opportunity to step back from my usual routine, re-assess my goals and contemplate new possibilities. That’s me in my more philosophical moments I guess while my more primitive side knows I truly reach moments of blissfulness by paying daily visits to the local baker and stuffing my face with delightful French cakes.
If we all need in our lives a place we can retreat to, a small haven of rest and peace away from life pressures to recharge our batteries, then I believe Arès may just be that place for me.
My mum and I in Arès