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Update from France

 

Our trip to Provence was a very enjoyable experience … there is something quite different about the South of France … way more laid back than the rush and business of Paris.

 

We stayed in a little city called Aix-en-Provence … which featured many cool fountains, they seem to be hidden around every corner.

 

 

They had cool old buildings too … older than Paris I think and not so many tourists … although when we did see tourists they came in packs with a leader carrying a numbered paddle and speaking in American accents.

The streets were narrow and cobbled and a wonderful maze to get lost in with interesting little shops along the way … I’ve taken many photos of doors and street lamps.

This is the view from our hotel room on the morning of my birthday … it was exciting to see that golden sunlight spreading over the buildings because we’d had 2 drizzly wet kind of days previously.

The markets were great … Michael particularly liked this stand on the left which had piles and piles of mushroom like fungi … then we found the cheeses and barrels filled with olives … and beautifully fresh fruit and veges.

Of course I was more interested in the secondhand/antique wares. I found a few smallish things to purchase … more lace and old keys.

 

On the afternoon of my birthday we bought a bus ticket and hopped on the first bus that came along. It turned out it was going to a little place called Jouques. Birthday lunch (ordered in French) was a crepe with banana, nutella and cream … nutella is very big here … it seems to be the most popular filling for crepes and comes in the most giant containers ever.

The old part of the little town was very fun to explore … sort of built into the hillside and the houses were on even narrower streets than we’d seen yet. In fact it was almost as if the houses were just part of the old stone wall.

 

We climbed to the top of the hill to find the ruins of the old church building. The light seemed especially amazing … apparently famous artists appreciated the light in Provence too.

 

We took the fast train back to Paris on Friday … and when they say fast they mean really, really fast … although I didn’t feel quite as sick on the way back.

 

And then we dressed up and went out to the ballet at the opera place. Such an amazing building … and our seats were up in the little balcony type bits. Our little section had enough seats for about 8 people and it’s own little dressing room with a mirror and coat hooks.

And this is us with Raymond and Michelle … the best bed and breakfast/tour guides in Paris … although it would be helpful if Raymond carried a little paddle with a number on it so we could find him in the crowds!

We have 2 days left here in Paris now before making our way home … today’s plan is to go up the Eiffel tower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Responses

  1. Amazing photos Beverley. Lets face it you can’t have too many photos – even ones of street lamps LOL.

  2. Bon Jour. Eeeeeks at the gaggle of tourists lol….aren’t you pleased you are not with them lol. Love the photos and that crepe looked huge…..Oh your little booth at the ballet sounded fantastic. Nice to see you in these photos too. Eeeeeeeks at the fast fast train though. Enjoy the remainder of your stay. Provence looked beautiful in those photos.

  3. stunning!!!! we are all living this trip through you!!!
    nice to see you in some of the pics too xxxx

  4. Oh, WOW!! What a fabulous time you must be having. The photos are gorgeous and what a wonderful way to spend your birthday. I am sooooo going to try and spend one of my birthdays in Paris! Love the look of that crepe you had for lunch … YUM! And the ballet … it all just looks so beautiful. Hope you aren’t too weary from all your sightseeing. Keep having a great time! xx

  5. we’re all living through you at the moment and waiting on your posts … and well worth the wait they are too … fan-tab-u-lous photos – green jelly here … the old buildings, the lights, the fountains – ooh-la-la!!!!

    Safe travels and enjoy the rest of your journey.

    Look forward to seeing the lace and the keys.

  6. Oh how gorgeous! what a fabulous place to celebrate your birthday! I first fell in love with Nutella aged 7yrs, long before it ever came to NZ shores, in Germany.(because it’s German). Europeans are very big on chocolate for brekkie. Can you still buy the slabs to go on your toast??

  7. that light looks so lovely 🙂 I’m so glad you’re enjoying it all – have a safe journey home.

  8. Oooh la la! Those photos are beautiful! I bet you are loving every minute of your dream holiday!

  9. so glad you got out and about in other parts of France. Did you notice the tables outside the cafes and restaurants and how you can end up sharing tables with complete strangers? Loved Provence when we went there too – such a pretty place. And Paris, even with the rain, is still so magical! I’m jealous 🙂

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