Thursday, October 19, 2017

St-Rémy~

























This town was one of our pied-a-terre.We had 4.
All different..all unique in their own way~
I have the pleasure of saying that all 4 places were clean and inviting.

When you get to St-Rémy ,the plane trees will pull at your heartstrings..the pretty carousel..the pretty streets with cafés and stores..our quick convenience store was across from the public parking where a game of "boules" was always going on..again..here people asked where we were from and welcomed us so warmly.

Make sure you look down also because the streets have Vincent brass markers..showing Van Gogh's Walk..parts are in town..I saw markers but there is also the walk to the asylum..called St-Paul Mausole..  a psychiatric facility..I loved reading the markers I found.I hope you can make some out....he was interned there..and created many of his famous works..

St-Rémy hustles and bustles at busy periods and yet can be calm:)
The best of both worlds.


Not to be missed..Le Glanum..unimaginable history.







Jacques is a history buff and France has always been his coup de coeur..

39 comments:

  1. So lovely Monique. The sight of the olive leaves made me home-sick for Provence. I think once you've been there, you leave a little bit of your heart there!

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    1. I so agree Chris..a little bit of your heart remains.♥There is a feeling that stays.And stays..like reliving one of your daughter's weddings..you keep watching it over and over in your head..in bed..:)During the day..a nice feeling comes over you.You nailed it..

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  2. Such a lovely place, my dear! I'll not forget it next time I go around.
    Hugs

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    1. Oh I hope you go:) I have a few other places up my sleeve of you:)

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  3. Love the door, umbrella and window pictures...and remember J filming they are good memories!

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    1. He did it again Di:)Thanks..we've always had the same taste in pics!

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  4. St. Remy was one of my favorite places in France.

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    1. Ours too..but I have a few others to suggest if you want to go outside the comfort zone:)

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  5. really beautiful travel Monique, beautiful pictures too ! xoxox

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  6. Your St Remy pictures are my coup de coeur

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    1. Have you been? I think that area would be fun for you:)I do!

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  7. What a wonderful experience. Do the French speak much English? I know you speak French but I bet it is different in Canada. Just curious :) Love your photos and the beautiful tour!

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    1. In restos..markets..they try their best..and do succeed..and so many Europeans..British..DUtch..Norwegians..the tourist population is HUGE..and English speaking..you would never feel alone.In small towns we visited..the owners of the Airbnb's spoke no English..and those small towns were almost 100% French.But small towns.
      Again everyone so helpful and friendly..you would always feel safe and guided..IMHO.

      One day in a St-Rémy resto..I noticed a couple..a beautiful about my age tall glam girl w/ crooped white hair..gorgeous..we happened to wait in line for the washroom..she was Australian:) we chated 5 minutes.. 2 days later we saw them again..and chatted and she said she tod her husband:"Sometimes you meet someone and in an instant you just know you could be good friends"♥
      That's what I am talking about..and people SMILE..and say Bonjour..just look and smile and say it..and you're golden.

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    2. my typos..cropped chatted..told..

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  8. How very beautiful it all is! I think I would feel at home there. I learned a bit of French - so very long ago - like Spanish, I understand more than I can speak. Just enough to get me in trouble! What wonderful memories you will have of this trip!

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    1. St-Rémy in Sept would suit you to a T..maybe Spring too..but in Sept..I don't know..it's ♥.
      And it is so you.

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  9. I love St. Remy. We had the best time there on our last trip. Again because of Sam's glowing reports. You took wonderful pictures - would like to see more of your pied-a-terre. So glad you had a good time.

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    1. I still have a few coups de coeur..St -Paul-De Vence..Tourrettes -Sur-Loup,Aix..Gordes,Bonnieux,Isle -Sur -La -Sorgue(although the market there that day ..we were like sardines..I don't like that;)) and I found the brocante dealers more reasonable in Aix.
      Grasse..NEVER again..we hit upon a busy day..terrible parking underground..when we got out of the parking..a person told us to leave..that it was not a part of town for us..we did walk up to the square..but again..it's a big big city..not for us.
      We're going back for sure.
      That's how much we love Provence.

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  10. This must be such a wonderful place to visit and I love the photos you shared. How wonderful that you got to spend a few days there. I know I would love it too ♥ A visit to Glanum would be a must for me as I loved reading Roman history and loved watching "Rome", "I Claudius", etc. How inspiring it must have been to walk where Van Gogh walked!

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    1. Oh you and J:):):)
      It was TOTALLY inspiring and to read his honest words...that got me..the reading of his honest words.
      And seeing the people that stay there..:(
      Life is not perfect for everyone.
      You witness that there..not that I have not..but if one has never..there is life for some.

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  11. Dearest Nana, could I sugest you to use the Google translator application. It isn't 100% reliable, but helps!
    I'll try to install a translator botton with my daughter's help or maybe I'll write a short summary about the text I'm posting.
    I don't want to loose my readers!
    Lots of hugs.

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    1. I know it is not foolproof:) At all..

      yes ask your daughter..you will not lose me..but I want to be able to comment :)
      Tahnk you!!

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  12. Dearest Monique,
    Sure love those Platanus trees and what a great trip back in time for exploring some of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.
    Glad you both had a fabulous time!
    Hugs and happy weekend.
    Mariette

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    1. You too Mariette..I was moved by his words too..the town really celebrates him beautifully:)

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  13. Van Gogh is the reason I want to go to Provence. Well, that and gorgeous views, warm weather, beautiful colors and fabulous light. I can see why you were so captivated. What an incredible part of the world.

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    1. Provence is so much more Jeanie..every little spot will thrill you.

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  14. Todd and I are also great History Buffs, and have greatly enjoyed all these photos and your words. I think the works of Vincent van Gogh are stunning, but what a tortured life. But through the torture such beauty arose. There is a lesson there I am sure. Love and hugs! xoxo

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    1. In reading his words..on the markers..one cannot but feel..sympatico♥

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  15. Thank you for taking me along on your tour of St Remy!

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  16. Breathtaking Monique! Thank you for sharing.... xo

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  17. Lovely Post Monique. I would love to stay in St. Remy next time we are in Provence, so much history and it is not too big. When I start thinking of where we want to go next year in Europe, I must reread your posts to remind how special this area is. Our only problem is that we don't speak French. :)

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    1. In St-Rémy I don't think it is a problem:)I think you would love it!

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  18. So pretty 🌸 love your umbrella photo 🌸 I must visit here.

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  19. There is a lesson there I am sure. Love and hugs! xoxo


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  20. Gorgeous..I shall return to look at more..
    Such a beautiful little town..
    Shel

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