Monday, May 18, 2015

The South of France | Personal

Bonjour! At long last... I am blogging pictures from France!!! I guess it has only been a month since I got back, but that's too long. :-) I do apologize for keeping you all waiting, it has just been non-stop craziness and weddings since getting back and I'm only just now finishing up my photos! Still not done with the Paris pictures, so I'll be breaking this into two posts.

First up, the south of France. Get ready for a LONG post.

We split our trip up into a Paris sandwich - we started in Paris for a couple of days, then took a high speed train south near Avignon, and then back to Paris before heading home. As the train chugged away from the city, we left the tall buildings behind and started whizzing past flat farmland, that really looked a lot like Illinois, except the little farms were about 115% more charming. I started wondering if I was going to be disappointed in the south. As we went along, though, more rolling hills appeared and the further we got the more picturesque it was, with pretty little villages tucked into valleys or perched on the sides of hills, and white cows dotting the landscape everywhere. I was not disappointed. :-)


We arrived, picked up our little Fiat, and cruised off to our B&B... which was a piece of heaven on earth. It was off season, and we were the only guests, so Antoinette, our hostess, upgraded us to the best room with a private terrace... no big deal. ;-) The whole house was completely charming and the grounds were beautiful. We didn't want to leave. Especially after breakfast (more on that in a moment...).

It was the cute car club. :-)







Wouldn't mind having that view out my window every day!


I was obsessed with the door handles. No surprise there, I've always had a thing for doors...




That window was seriously one of my favorite parts of the whole room. Rounded top, with a shutter, and you could turn the little latch and open it. 
It's the simple things.















Yes, that is a chicken in the middle of the frame. I am not a farm animal fan, but those chickens were hilarious! We would walk around the lawn and they would all come running after us in hopes of a handout. Running.
A running chicken is a comical thing.






We decided we need a wisteria tree.


Like, NEED a wisteria tree!






Pictures don't do this bloomy tunnel justice!





Ok. Breakfast. This deserves its own paragraph. We were given the option of having breakfast there or we didn't have to if we didn't want to. We figured, well, we should at least try the breakfast instead of having breakfast in town, since we had already done some cafes in Paris. I considered leaving my camera in the room - it was "only breakfast," after all. Um, NO. It was not "only breakfast." We came down and were greeted by this spread... for TWO PEOPLE! There was nobody else staying there! Also, the light in the breakfast room was soooo lovely...












I'm going to start collecting blue & white china, and silver.
I'm taking donations, just fyi.






On Saturday, we drove out to Uzes for the street market. It was a glorious day and the drive was beautiful, through roads lined with chestnut trees, and winding around mountains and through little villages, with beautiful views everywhere. The market was such fun - it was a very quintessentially French experience. We walked the first main street which had mainly clothing stalls, purses and bags, shoes, jewelry, etc. (I'm still kicking myself for not buying shoes for 5 euros and earrings for 2! Why didn't I?!). We were surprised at how little food there was, till we noticed a lot of people coming out of a side street with produce in their bags, so we headed that way and found a whole open area packed with food stalls. This might have been my favorite day in the south... it was a highlight of the trip, for sure!


We were told that the chestnut trees were planted along the roads by the Romans so the soldiers would have something to eat as they walked.




Just a ruin by the side of the road.











One night Mom obliged me with a photoshoot around the grounds of the B&B at sunset. I was dying to take pictures in all the pretty spots, but unfortunately Mom hates having her picture taken, and I did want pictures of myself in France, so I bossed her around for half an hour... she's very patient. :-)










We visited Pont du Gard as our next outing. Talk about impressive! It was pretty hot that day and my feet were absolutely killing me... so wading in the Rhone felt wonderful. (And I realized in all the pictures except the portraits, I'm wearing the same dress. I packed light... but I DID wear other clothes. ;-)






















After Pont du Gard, we headed back to Avignon. I have to say, I heard great things about Avignon, and while it was lovely and I particularly loved the open square by the Palais des Papes with the gentleman playing the accordion, and it was charming, Mom & I both decided we liked Uzes better. The Palais, however, was a lot of fun to see - an amazing piece of architecture!!














I loved that house on the right - all the shutters closed but one, and that one had cheery red flowers. Perfection.


The south of France was beautiful, what I saw of it. I was a little sad that April is too early for the lavender (a shoot in a lavender field is totally on my bucket list!), but that just means I have to go back. :-) 

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of my French travel adventures! (Credit to my mom for all the pictures of me!). I'll be back with more photos from Paris!!

24 comments:

  1. What an INCREDIBLE opportunity!!! Everything is just gorgeous!!! I really love your room at the B&B!!And your Mom get's an A+ with those portraits. :)

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  2. How GORGEOUS!! I absolutely loved drinking in the beauty of every single one of these photos. It looks (and sounds!) like you had a splendid trip! Thank you for sharing the pictures! It was as good as going there myself. ;)
    You looked beautiful in those portraits - it's nice to see bunches of pictures of you for a change! Your mom is quite the photographer herself. :)

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  3. Pretty! Pretty!

    And..... Croissants!!!

    ;-)

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    1. That basically sums up the entire trip. :-)

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  4. You are so beautiful! You make South France look even better. :)

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  5. Simple AMAZING! Oh my goodness, what an experience that must have been! Can't wait for the second installment :D

    xo,
    -Charlotte
    boyerfamilysingersblog.com

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    1. It's coming... So many pictures, so little time... ;-)

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  6. OH what a GORGEOUS trip Kathryn! What an amazing experience that must have been!

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  7. Thank you so very much for sharing these beautiful pictures with us! I enjoyed looking at each and every one of them! What a splendid opportunity to spend time in France. I can't wait to see the next installment!

    xoxo, Alesha

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  8. Love all the photos! Makes me want to go to France!

    And my sister's French professor says it's much more acceptable in France to wear the same clothes several days in a row. So you're just being French! :)

    Sarah H.

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    1. Oh, of course, I meant to do that... Just wanted to blend in... ;-)

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  9. Just stunning. It looked like you had beautiful weather, and a beautiful time. Time enough to enjoy the little things that make places magical, and you captured that. I must say it inspires me to go to France. It really looks splendid! Thank you for bringing these wonderful shots from far away to our own eyes. God definitely hooked you up with a great adventure this time!

    Martin

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    1. We did, and you hit the nail on the head - time to enjoy the little things that make places magical! You have to go someday. Thanks for commenting, Marty!!

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    1. Still amazed I was really there... :-)

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  11. Wow! Your trip looks amazing, and fun, and magical -- and just like something in a story book! Your pictures were beyond amazing. I LOVE LOVE LOVE both of your dresses, did you make them?

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    1. Thank you! No, I didn't make the dresses, but the gingham one was made for me by my friend Lily (http://mode-de-lis.blogspot.com). The blue one I purchased on ebay, but I know it is available new on Nordstrom (http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eliza-j-print-pleat-chiffon-maxi-dress-regular-petite/3643201).

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    2. Oh my! They're certainly gorgeous! I love them -- so vintage and feminine! Thanks for the link... if only it wasn't $158! lol!

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    3. I know, right?! I was so excited when I found it on ebay in my size!

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