provence road trip

Thursday, July 26, 2012

It’s sweltering hot here…time for a road trip to the coast and a dip in the Mediterranean. Bandol is a favorite seaside town…sleepy & less crowded than the Côte d’Azur. A few noteworthy stops and sights along the way: the atelier of sculptor Edmond Gintoli (who also happens to be the mayor of Castellet); the surrounding lavender farms & fields…entire hillsides of purple (the air is heavy with the scent of lavender); and a mandatory stop at Domaine Tempier to replenish the rosé supply : )

Rosé time • watercolor sketch

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Rosé + olives + cheese + fruit + bread = happy Bastille Day! The day started off with a Manifestation Taurine – running of the bulls – in the nearby village of Noves…apparently a Provençal tradition from the Camargue region farther south. Now it’s time for some relaxing on the terrace in the late afternoon sunshine with a bottle of Domaine Tempier Rosé. The cigales are buzzing away in the background. Salut & cheers!

happy 4th! from S. france

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bounty of berries : ) at the marché agricole in Velleron. So happy to be back in the land of sunshine, delicious food, vivid colors, amazing landscape + light + sky, and general joie de vivre. Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more soon. Salut & happy celebrating! Bonne fête!

S. france • ma maison for now

Monday, July 2, 2012

Took the TGV down from Paris to Avignon. I love traveling by train and watching the countryside go by (whiz by, what with the speedy TGV). I also love seeing how the landscape and buildings change from region to region. I’m always amazed by the variety of landscapes here…each region is so distinct. The light gets brighter and sky more vivid blue as you travel farther south.

paris ♥

Sunday, July 1, 2012

While wandering the streets of the Île Saint-Louis, I happened upon this shop/atelier devoted to the calligraphy arts. The artist-proprietor, Eric de Tugny, is a calligrapher and insect illustrator.

Love this!…more of Eric de Tugny’s illustration work on metal signage which hangs above the shop.

Upper left: the shop window display featuring his latest book, Insectes & Compagnie; assorted calligraphic nibs and Venetian glass dip pens. Right & lower photos: an entire wall of his shop is adorned with decorative fan mail.