09 July 2011

Trip To France: Provence

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

So it was a bit of a stretch to drive 
from the Cote d'Azur to rural Provence for a day trip

But my husband being the superstar he is
drove 31/2 hours to get me there
(we got a little lost, so it took extra time)

All grown in pots

To be honest, I was surprised how barren, open, hot & dry this area is;
I've become accustomed to the cozy villages of England

With a bit of a shift in my view
I was ready to see what Provence offered
especially photographically :)


Many of the villages were perched on hills
to provide safety during periods of turmoil in the Middle Ages

80% of the world's lavender comes from Provence

The lavender is in full swing July - September

Vineyards, wheat, lavender, sunflowers
Crop land, yes, but no livestock

View from Bonnieux
Lavender Fields (left side)

This home decor inspiration location
has attracted people by the bus-loads

Of all the towns we visited, Bonnieux was my favorite
due to lack of crowds

Artisan Village
Saint Paul De Vence

I should have researched the road less-traveled

But it was a lovely road nonetheless

in Roussillon

Multi-layered tiled roofs are common in Provence
As are shutters to keep out cold winter Mistral winds
and baking summertime heat

If you close your eyes,
perhaps you can hear the background music of the cicadas,
a symbol of Provence

Have you grabbed your glass of wine yet?
You cannot miss the flavor of the area

And although the land did not provide much color
The human prints definitely did

Not to mention 
fresh produce sold everywhere

Fresh Radishes & Lettuce For Sale At Market

I'd like to return in Spring to see 
the flowering almond & cherry trees
and fields of poppies

my camera & I will be back
one day

- all photos by me -

Trip To France Series
Part I: Monaco & A Royal Wedding (here)
Part II: Cote d'Azur (here)

Linking to Modern Country Style


Belle said...

Great pictures, Laura! I'm having a love affair with lavender at the moment and that field is GORGEOUS!

Ann's Embroidery and Quilting - Journey said...

Hello Laura, I am a new follower to your blog. I am sure I have just gone to heaven, what beautiful photographs...I am dreaming of a holiday in France! Warm regards, Ann ~ Australia.

Katherina said...

you're pictures are always stunning... and then in beautiful Provence... lovely! My favorites are the lavender field and the one of Saint Paul De Vence - I didn't have the chance to visit that village but now I really want to do so!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I think Provence is a fabulous part of France which I will always associate with fields of lavender. Your photos are all stunning, thanks for sharing.

topchelseagirl said...

Stunning photos Laura!

Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

What gorgeous photos! I dream of living in Europe someday. For now I'm glad to have found your blog to look at the beautiful scenery.

Sunray Gardening said...

Fantastic photos and what a lovely and quaint area. The Lavender field is gorgeous.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Jane said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful part of France. You captured the very essence of it, the landscape, lifestyle, all of it. Lovely.

Grammy Goodwill said...

Those pictures are fabulous. Oh, I can't believe how beautiful everything is. Your pictures really show off the beauty.

Teacup Moments said...

OMG, Laura, Gordes, Rousillon and St. Paul de Vence remain among the most unforgettable places I've been! And you caught lavender season, of course! :) Awesome photos. You know, all my photos from there looked great, too. It's gotta be the light. The natural light illuminates everything in beautifully. Chagall and Picasso new that too of course choosing to live of St. Paul de Vence to paint. What a superstar your husband is to get you there.

LuLu & Co. said...

Stunning!!!!! Oh it just is beautiful! So happy you visited my blog and left such a sweet message it brought me to yours and I'm sipping my englsih breakfast tea wishing I could jump into your pictures! The lavender took my breath away! My husband just spent 2weeks in Paris for the airshow and I wish he brought be back lavender!!!!!!

Laura said...

I am sitting right next to Lulu with my coffee pretending that the three of us are in France together!

so beautiful...and if I didn't finish the bottle of wine last night, I would have poured myself a glass...

I OVE discovering new inspiring and visually delicious blogs! so happy you stopped by!

Laura said...

I don't OVE

A Tale of Two Cities said...

We just returned from 5 days in Provence and all your photos brought back a rush of sensory memories--the sounds, the smells, the colors. Like you, I'm already looking forward to my next trip. My blog photos are coming up soon....

deb duty said...

These are just breathtaking. I very much enjoyed your day trip!

Bonnie said...

Laura, Your photos bring back such wonderful memories! Your Bonnieux shot is gorgeous. I must send you mine so you will see how good yours is. We were there in early April so I missed the lavender in bloom but I did see and post pictures of the almond and cherry trees in bloom. It was beautiful even though all the trees had not leafed out then either. You have inspired me to finish posting our trip. You covered a lot of ground in one day!!!!

Brandi said...

Great pictures, Laura! I enjoyed traveling through your photos!! ;)

PaisleyJade said...

So beautiful!!!

ann said...

Oh my, what a beautiful place. Each of your photos looks like a painting, itself. amazing.

Remaliah said...

Wow, what STUNNING photos! I just came across your blog through PaisleyJade. I, too, LOVE the South of France. It's just beautiful :) I'm sad to be missing it this summer! Have a great time :)

Hines-Sight said...

Such a beautiful place. Gorgeous photos!

Elizabeth said...

Your pictures are lovely. Thank you for sharing them with us. For those of us who may never get to France and England, we appreciate the virtual tour you give us with your lovely blog.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Beautiful photo! I could breathe in the lavender and enjoyed our little stroll down the quaint side streets.
I'm putting you on my sidebar, so I can travel with you again!

Barbara said...

Your pictures are breathtaking!

Erin S. said...

Gorgeous! It makes me want to get "My Mother's Castle" or "My Father's Glory" from Netflix and pretend I am reliving my idyllic childhood in Provence :).

Daydream Living said...

Hi Laura,
Beautiful photo's, I love the one with only the plant in the window and the colorful wall, just so lovely! Enjoy the rest of the summer, I will be away from the 18th - 12th of august, see you soon,
Maureen x

Laura said...

Wow Laura, these are truly amazing pictures! Magazine worthy! Lx

katie said...

Your photos are amazing. They make me want to hop on a plane and head to Provence right now.

the fishermans cottage said...

So, so lovely, really makes me want to go :) x

Pet said...

Le Luberon...I went there once, and I have kept going back. The countryside around is full of cherry trees, in early June full of cherries ready to pick ant eat. A feast!
After the cherry picking I agree, it gets a bit too dry and hot.

Pink Princess said...

I love this area of France. I think if I were to choose a favorite, Provence would win hands down! Those lavender fields are gorgeous but you definitely must plan a trip in Spring when there are poppies everywhere! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures

Taylor Made said...

I am speechless...such beauty...planning to go there might become a priority now.

Robynne's Nest said...

Laura, that's your best ever post (in my humble opinion)...absolutely gorgeous photos...my favourite being the red wall with the window in it. The lavender fields look amazing..Robx
p.s. as I write this I am actually sipping a glass of Mumm champas (left over from the grand prix last week, from hubby)x

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you, Robynne :)

Lilybets said...

...beautiful atmosphere, colors and fragrances!.Thank you to share with us these magic photos!.

Nikki said...

What beautiful pictures. I've lived in South West France for 7 years now and never ventured over to Provence, but your pictures have just convinced me that it's a must see. Thanks :)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

You definitely get my Summer Loving thumbs up for a trip away!! All your photos are to die for, lovely Laura.

Thanks so much for linking up today.


Pamela Gordon said...

Ahhh beautiful Provence. How wonderful that you got to experience this beautiful place. Your photos are wonderful. Thank you. Pamela in Canada

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Glorious photos, could almost smell the lavender! xx

Dawna said...

Beautiful pictures...love the first one with all the flowers....you seem to have captured the sights, colors, and even tastes of the area....I want to go !

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your photos are wonderful! Makes it easy to imagine the cicadas!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Your photos are exquisite. I feel as though I've been traveling with you. You have captured the essence of Provence. I haven't had a chance to get back to that area for a few years and I truly miss it. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos.

Jenni said...

I love every single photo you took of your visit to Provence! Your photography is amazing! And I love that gorgeous lavender field~ wow! :)

Thank you so much for sharing your trip there with us, it was almost like being there in person. :)


the fishermans cottage said...

I think I have seen these photos before but I'm not complaining, stunning.. lovely to see them again, just love that beautiful Restaurant..oh well, one day x

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Wonderful pictures. I've never really been to Provence, I've travelled South of it, North of it and West of it... Seems crazy not to have drived a little farther when I see your pictures!


Such a wonderful summery trip . . . and your photos are amazing.


About Vintage French Hen said...

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous! I was there 10 years ago, and your stunning photographs make me want to go back again! thanks for sharing! Marcia