Summer days in Provence, France

aix en provence blog 

The elegant place d'Alberta in Aix en Provence - Copyright Millie Brown

   

bistrot du paradou france  The village of Paradou and it's Bistro, Le Bistrot du Paradou, is a great place for lunch or dinner. - Copyright Millie Brown

 

I first ate here before trip advisor existed or a tourist guide bothered mentioning it. A freezing cold January day spent here with enough red wine to keep us warm for a month and my first ever rabbit dish, all by an open fire.

 

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Yet another one in my series on The Madonna, this time from the church in the village of Maussane Les Alpilles. Not only do I love the peacefulness and the light I find in churches, they also provide a great place to shelter from the Provençal heat.

 

paradou france,

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The dappled shade under the plane trees that line so many of the roads in Provence helps give the never ending numbers of cyclists in this area some relief from the heat of the provençal sun. These cyclists were pedaling their way through the village of Le Paradou.

 

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abbey de senanque,  

The magnificent 12th Century Abbaye Notre Dame de Sénanque (a Cistersian abbey where 8 monks are still living) set in fields of Lavendin and not far from the Village of Gordes. You can only enter the interior on a guided visit now and it's well worth taking the time...... stay until 6pm for the Vepres, sublime.

 abbey de senanque, abbey de senanque provence,

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 strawberries provence, french strawberries,

 

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It's impossible to drive past these fruit stalls set up on the sides of the Provençal country roads.

  

isle sur la sorgue 

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Beating the sweltering midday heat in Isle sur la Sorgue

  

cavaillon melons 

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 I can taste the sweetness as I write! If you are in France during the melon season, you must try the Cavaillon melon they are some of the best you will find anywhere.

 

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The village of Menerbes and just one of its many stunning houses.

 

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 Fields of it, glorious!

 

bonnieux blog 

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 Each time I am in Bonnieux I stop to photograph this building and its front courtyard...a favourite.

 

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The mysterious medieval village of Les Baux, taken early in the morning before the summer crowds had arrived.

The hilltop villages, the architecture, the history, the cicadas, the food and wine, .....what is not to love in this part of the world!

 

Millie xx

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