Even though recent travels through Provence were devoid of blooming lavender and lush vineyards, the vistas were still stunning in this beautiful and charming region of France. Sweeping views of olive groves and snow capped mountain peaks in St. Remy de Provence.
The tiny town of Les Baux de Provence boasts a medieval castle ruin atop a rocky outcrop of the Alpilles mountains
The 14th Century fortress of St-Andrè Villeneuve les Avignon as viewed from the Pope’s Palace
A typically narrow street in Arles, France
The 14th century sprawling Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) in Avignon
Wine figured prominently into the itinerary. The wine cave at the Entre Vigne et Garrigue inn and restaurant in Pujaut, France
The off season afforded a private wine tasting at the Château la Coste outside the city of Aix en Provence
Designed by architect Tadao Ando, the main building at Château la Coste combines concrete, glass and water that interplay between interior and exterior spaces.
Of course good food figured into the trip-It is France! One of the many specialty markets found through out Provence.
The after supper cheese selection at Entre Vigne et Garrigue
The weekly Tuesday market in Aix en Provence epitomizes the Provincial way of life of fresh foods bought on a daily basis.
The assortment of flowers was unimaginable as it filled the entire square.
Even the cats have it good in Provence!
Mr. H says: When God begins to doubt the world, he remembers that he created Provence-Enjoy!
I love this time of year, not quite spring, but hints of it all over town. Late winter and early spring flowers are a sure sign of the season and here are some lovely ways to bring a little bit of their charm into your home.
The work horse of the Southern winter garden, pansies sweet blossoms should be arranged in short vases for a splash of color. Derived from the French word pensée, meaning “thought”, the pansy was so named since the flower resembles a face.
Stems of forsythia in a tall metal vase make for a dramatic display. Budding Dogwood and cherry branches can work as well.
Camellias, the winter flower queen, can be arranged in shallow bowls and small pitchers to display their big blooms. Camellias were introduced to the Charleston area in 1741 by André Michaux, botanist to King Louis XVI. We are so lucky today that Henry Middleton, of Middleton Place, was the one to receive the plants where one of these original bushes stills survives!
Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, the daffodil is virtually synonymous with spring. One of the easiest of spring bulbs to grow, a profusion of cut flowers in a clear vase, heralds in the spring season.