Sunday, July 24, 2011

Unpacking from vacation is bittersweet…sad that it went by so speedily (it seems like yesterday that I packed my bag) and happy to re-discover the various treasures brought back (especially the ceramics that survived the long journey intact!). Pictured here is an assemblage of things I found on my travels in the south of France. From top left: ceramic bowls from the market in my favorite town of Eygalieres; handmade straw hat from a hat vendor in St. Remy; bulb of garlic from the amazing Marché Agricole in Velleron; dark chocolate bar with whole hazelnuts…yummm; fleur de sel (can’t live without that : ); handmade charcoal suede pouch, also from Eygalieres; yellow ceramic milk pitcher & turquoise blue dish…love those colors! and lastly, vintage silverware from the Arles flea market.

♥ paris

Friday, July 22, 2011

J’aime Paris. It was cold & rainy when we were there but that didn’t stop us from walking until we could walk no more. Paris is beautiful in the rain.

photos & watercolor sketch by elizabeth hubbell

france • snapshots

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sundry snapshots of things that for one reason or another captured my attention. Fields of sunflowers & wheat on the road to the Gorges de l’Ardèche (amazing region…stunning rock formations and super dramatic landscape); orchards of apple espaliers; yours truly standing on the Pont St. Esprit; Roman bath near the town of Graveson; the Odilon Redon show at the Musée Fabre in Montpellier…fantastique!; the sheeps & goats cheese truck in the town where we stayed; buildings in Arles; more buildings in the town of La Bastide de Virac; and lastly, a bon bon stand at the summit of Mont Ventoux…sweetness!

patisserie part 3 • sugar high

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ahh, the fabulous fruits of summer. Apricots, strawberries, peaches, plums, figs, cherries and on and on…all are celebrated at the Patisserie Nouguier in Molleges. And the striped donuts Americain are a new treat…gotta love those!

Le petit cochon (little piggies) made of marzipan and lined up all pretty-in-pink. Dreamy Italian meringue lemon tarts being prepped for the display case…macarons in the most vivid colors. The selection of sweet treats is dizzying! Tough work deciding which photos to post. : )

Meet Myriam & Bernard Nouguier, bakers and pastry-makers exceptionelle and generous souls who love sharing their passion for pastry. Un grand merci M & B. ♥

south of france • photos & sketches

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Life is grand here in S. France. The daily routine goes something like this: eat, drink, walk, bicycle, paint, explore new places and siesta/sleep. Bicycling is ideal for expeditions in the country and walking is the best way to see a city. And there’s always a nearby café or park to rest weary feet.

A few snapshots of L’Isle sur la Sorgue and the antique shops there. The lower left photo is a café-restaurant where we lunched, in the sweet town of Bedouin on the route up to Mont Ventoux.

Various & sundry watercolor sketches.

The lavender fields on the route to the Gorges de l’Ardeche are amazing right now…entire hills are awash in rich purple.

all photos & sketches by elizabeth hubbell