Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Long, Slow Days in Provence

"Time passed in a haze of well-being; long, slow, almost torpid days when it was so enjoyable to be alive that nothing else mattered." -- Peter Mayle, A Year In Provence

Provence! Worried that summer was slipping away too fast, we packed our bags and disappeared for a week or so. The feast for the senses that waited demanded we slow down a bit to take it all in. The intense sun and heat that prickled our skin. Rows of yellow sunflowers bobbing their heads against the bluest sky. The scent of purple velvet wafting from new-mown lavender fields. The perfectly ripe tomato exploding on our tongues. The symphony of cicadas and clinking glasses as we finished another day with a bottle of rosé on the terrace. Time almost stopped.

Almost. The only less-than perfect part of our trip was the Seattle-bound flight at the end... I could have stayed another day, month or year.

There's lots more to share of our lovely time in Provence...hope you'll come along! XO


  1. Welcome Home
    I am delighted you got away and looking forward with joy to seeing Provence through your beautiful eyes


    1. Thanks Helen, looking forward to sharing more with you! XO

  2. Oh you lucky girl!!! We were there about 4 years ago and it was simply magical. Welcome Home..want to see and hear more...

    1. Lucky indeed! It is pure magic, isn't it! Can't wait to share more and here your memories of Provence, too, Tina! XO

  3. I wish you were still here! :(
    But I can't wait to see the rest of your photos and to read your really, really "get" Provence, Jeanne! Not everyone does...

    1. Oh Heather, I do wish I was still there, too! I'm already scheming about how I can get back - and drooling over photos of Vicki's Petit Bijou.

      I have to admit that it took me a couple days to get into the rhythm of Provence. I found myself tapping my foot with impatience when it took to long for the coffee to come or our order to be taken at a restaurant. But then suddenly I let it go, and adopted the leisurely pace as my own. It made all the difference. So good for the soul.

      I can't thank you enough for everything you did to make our trip special. XO

    2. I was happy to! I know you will be back...

      Le Petit Bijou is calling you... :)

  4. Jeanne-
    I am so happy that you were able to get away, and to Provence of all places.
    The tomatoes look gorgeous and delicious, and your images are fabulous!
    Happy Wednesday.

  5. Aha! So that's where you went!! Looks like you all had a delightful holiday. I miss Provence, and haven't been in a couple of years. I'd love to rent a house there, and stay for a month or two. Beautiful photos.
    x Loi

  6. We would have loved to have been packed in your bags and join you on your trip! Guess we'll just have to read your blog posts and sigh...
    C + C



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