French ponderings.....

French ponderings.....
Dreaming of France in The Land Down Under.......

Monday, October 21, 2013

Shutters, but what color?/ Les volets , mais quel couleur?

When I move into my french inspired country home (are you listening, universe????) I will most definitely have shutters on the windows.....





but what color????...

I know, I know, does she even have to ask, I hear you say, but hey, I could shock everyone (and myself!) by stepping out of the square and choosing something not as predictable...

Mmm.......let's see ...


GREEN?


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classic-french-chateaux.co.uk




Astrid. on Flickr



or perhaps  MAUVE...




Grimaud - romantic autumn by mhobl on Flickr


lindamathieu.com


mmm...maybe something a little softer...like
PINK?




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Gianluca Giaccone . on Flickr


Ahhh... but there is always the classic BLUE....


Gigi's french window :)



Gigi's french window 


Well, there you have it! So which color sings to you???? All I can hear in my head is
"Blue, blue, my love is blue"..........lalalala!


A Bientôt, Gigi 

Monday, October 14, 2013

St Remy de Provence 2




A big 'Bienvenue' to you, and thanks for taking a peek!

Last week I posted a little about our accommodation and the gorgeous  boutiques in the heart of St Remy de Provence. This week we go on a  30 kl bike ride through the vineyards!  Now, I need to share that as someone who was extremely sporty as  a 'jeune fille' , I am a little,....mmm.....lets say SLACK these days...but nonetheless, I took it on and had an absolute blast!


We do a return trip from St Remy de Provence to Eygalieres, a quaint village, where, apparently, the french celebrities hang out......





Here is said bike......



The mountain range along the back is called Les Alpilles and is quite beautiful.....and the sign on the left invites you in for a wine tasting....will we?  wont we?...no no must keep biking  on!



We see so many pretty vistas along the way

Eygalieres keeping an eye on the olives...

The provencal properties tend to have a stone engraved with its name...all you francophones out there, do you recognize this name? I wont say who it belongs to, but I WILL say I am tickled pink to ride past this wonderful blogger's home..we don't  pop in...wouldn't want to be charged for stalking or anything!!








Maybe a STAR lives here....either way, I love their gate and pretty oleanders !






Ohhh, I don't mind a drop of cab-sav... and this being the real french  thing .....





well, one would have to taste test, wouldn't one?



And of course we did!...shhhhhhhhh............delish!


When we pedal into Eygalieres, much to our pleasure the local market is in full swing!



Dont stop though, we are on a mission to get to la Bastide d'Eygalieres for a well deserved lunch!


Park the bikes out the front....




ohh..its much  nicer than I am expecting...lovely inside dining area, a patio for aperos, and an undercover restaurant by the pool for lunch. It has it all!









We spend a relaxing couple of hours here..just lovely!

But it's time to head back...and we have the hard slog of riding our bikes home.....NOT!

Did I forget to mention that these bikes are ELECTRIC! Brilliant!!! So much fun, so little effort! (told you I was a bit slack!)

We hired them from Sun-e-bike, where the owners are very friendly and helpful, see here just listen up when you get directions, we got lost the first day, as some roads were hardly roads,  but loved it so much we hired them again :)

This adventure was an absolute highlight....riding through the french vineyards and villages, the olive plantations,  the blue provencal sky above, sun shining down....

HEAVEN :)


A Bientôt,  Gigi x

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Un séjour à St. Rémy de Provence - 1



A big BONJOUR to every one!

 As you know, I was lucky enough to spend some time in my beloved France recently, (quelle chance!) so I thought I would share   a 'micro' series on St Remy de Provence  with you .....I have longed to visit this village since first reading about it  in  My French Life by the fab Vicki Archer , writer of the wonderful blog  French Essence...hope you enjoy!


St Remy is a beautiful old  village about half an hour south of Avignon,  where, amongst other things, Nostradamus was born, and Van Gogh painted 'starry night' :). It's population is around 10,000, give or take countless tourists!

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First up.....accommodation..... I found this little gem of a one bedroom  house for rent online...quite reasonably priced and in a brilliant position right in the heart of the the old centre.


Property #432754 HomeAway.co.uk

This is the upstairs bedroom..4 poster bed! So romantic..but so  @#*# hard!!




I thought this armoir was rather gorgeous....what do you think?




and my very own gorgeous old street lamp! (I'm so easily pleased! )


But to get to this point, one must swing off a thick rope up and down the ancient stone staircase  :)



I quickly got into the  swing of this...pun intended ;)



How often do you get to stay in a 500 year old house?! Love love love  all the stone work.
leading from the lounge  into the batcave  kitchen!



The old village centre is to die for, with all it's tiny  winding cobblestone streets .....


Entrance to old centre straight ahead.

One of the little 'Rues' in the old centre, with an abundance of cafes and restaurants....





And did I mention the boutiques to be found here?????????


OHHHH




MON



DIEU!!!







Gorgeous , right??? I know!! I was in heaven!

Of course we had to eat, and there was no shortage on choice.........


Sur la terrasse......




Some cozy ambiance perhaps.........


Or maybe just a sugar hit....its all there :)




Have I tickled your tastebuds yet??

More to come next week :)


A Bientôt, Gigi  x