Monday, January 22, 2018

Roussillon~


















Another little post about Provence..Roussillon:)

I bought some ochres in Apt..but in Roussillon I bought a couple more..and 3 brushes..
to me ..bringing home small art supplies are so much part of my flutters.

Nothing extravagant..small tuckables..
Roussillon is magnificent..everything there is ochre color..hues..depths..

It is the setting for S Vreeland's book..Lisette's List..which I have Jeanie to thank for having told me about it..Jacques also read it.

It's a wonder of the world to me.

We went in 2009..and back again this time.The views are outstanding from these medieval towns.. perfect patchwork quilts of vegetation..nature..

It looks like someone must have designed these from above..because how else could such vistas be so ethereal.













We ate..in a resto..the one that states w/ panoramic views..and we were lucky enough to eat outdoors..Jacques had Aioli..look how Roussillon plates:)
Almost w/ ochres.
The views were super.

I must say though..that a group walked in and I have noticed this ..quite a few times..a young group..so pleasant..English speaking..etc..and another group..English speaking also..I gather 2 groups of friends..being tourists..2 different tables..strangers to each other.
I have found that how you treat your waiter/waitress is probably how you treat many people.
The younger 30'ish group..so pleasant..grateful..
the older group..my age..
UGH.

I actually wanted to go and tell them to be more gracious.
But sometimes Jacques doesn't like when I do that;)
I am sure you can tell that if Provence is on your wish list..
I approve.:)

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  1. Oh, WOW! I wanted so much to see Rousillon after reading that book. Her language is magnificent and your photos show it just as it feels it should be -- wonderful ochre and fabulous blues. The restaurant and the menu and that fabulous door and fountain. Sigh! Your photos are terrific and if Rousillon only looked half as beautiful as they are, then I would be in love. Now I'm in over-love! And Susan Vreeland told it like it was! Can you hear my big, smiling sigh across the border?

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    1. I can Mlle Jeanie..and if it's in the cards..play them:) You and Rick would devour every inch..there's a walking trail too..$ not sure how much..we skipped it as we walked every day everywhere..and right smack there was the art shop..it is stunning..absolutely stunning.On a clear day you can see forever♥

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  2. Beautiful photos, perfectly composed. It is clear you are an artist.
    I love the aqua shutters with the ochre walls.
    I suspect that not only did the resto staff appreciate the friendly group, but that the group had more fun than the other.

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  3. I wish I am lucky enough to travel to such a beautiful place...someday...♥️
    Greg doesn't like me to interfere with other people either...
    Must be the "Gentlemen" in them both...
    Gorgeous photos...
    Yucky day here...foggy...rainy...blustery at 1C...hideous!
    enjoy your week Monique...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. It's so not pretty here either..freezing rain advisory..I always have visions of 1998:( And I hate my daughters driving home..oh lala.
      I bet one day you will g..when it is not organized..we like it better:) An adventure..and we don't fancy at all.One meal out a day..the formule thing..we stay where we make our beds lol..food..
      Hmm..not sure that's why J feels I shouldn't:)
      He is a gentleman.. but..no..not sure that's why..perhaps a scene effect;)I have not done it a lot..twice maybe;)
      I can tell you are walking on air since V and Ns visits:)♥

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    1. Beautiful photos and beautiful colours :-)

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    2. Provence is mostly that all the time:)..Thanks Polly!

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  5. I love your photos M. Ignore the rude guests. Jacques is right. Butt out. You can't possibly expect to change them and any discussion you may try to have can turn nasty and ruin your time there.

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    1. So true A!!It would have put a cloud on that beautiful day.I know..I will always think of this☺️đŸ‘đŸ»

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  6. Beautiful pictures with vibrant color.. love your post..

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    1. The colors are very rich..it is mind boggling to see the depth of layers!
      Thank you!

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  7. Always love seeing your travel photos!! Wish I was there now!

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    1. Jody we just had snow and now freezing rain..So yes..looking at my memories makes me yearn to see it all again one day.
      But ..even with our weather..we have not suffered flooding or anything hurtful..and many winter days can be sublime..so..I feel lucky.
      Warm home..food..crafts..lol I sound like I am talking myself into this😂

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  8. How very much I have enjoyed visiting the South of France with you and J, Monique. I love the South of France, with its chateaux, blue shutters, doorways and yes SUNSHINE! We get so little here. I would be like you, biting my tongue, wanting to say something to the other diners who were so very ungracious! I think that France is a way of life, being . . . yes a cafe culture in many ways, but one that knows how to eek out the small pleasures in their days and savour them to their fullest. Did you hear that Peter Mayle passed away? His book, A Year in Provence was my introduction to that part of the world. He made me dream of visiting the south of France and it was every bit as charming as he said it would be. xoxo

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    1. PS Thanks for all that you share! ☺

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    2. Yes we read re Peter Mayle..I think he was my foray into Provence too..yrs ago..and at a tag sale I bought his videos.Jacques loves all his books..The first time we went..Jacques had read in his book the name of a town..J was sure Peter M lived there..non!!
      So we saw he sold Lourmarin and lived in a tiny hamlet outside of Lourmarin now w/ a pop. of about 600.
      And yes Provence is that.. café culture and of course all we tourists love that slow lunch enjoy scenery and people watching:)
      You described it perfectly.
      Manners..just be nice..and for goodness sakes these people are serving you.:)

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  9. Always love seeing your travel photos!! You could be a tour guide of that area :-)

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    1. If I had a sense of direction;) Maybe!!Thanks Debbie!

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  10. Love. love. love all the warm, earthy colors, Monique!! So beautiful!! I'm always aware of how people are treating wait staff as well. Pretty astonishing sometimes. Kindness... I'm for it. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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    1. Moi aussi..One of my daughters worked in restos while going to uni etc..when I looked at her in the resto.that's all I saw;) She shone lol..just everywhere.. try and be nice if it's not natural to you:)

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE Roussillon!!
    In my mind one of the most devine places on earth. I have wanted to go back and stay for more than a few hours so much I can not tell you. Perhaps I should plan a Spring trip...dreams dreams
    Thank you for the reminder Monique ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I remember when you went.I could so see you there..urban sketching..I would love to know you went back and spent some time.. adorb art shop ..right smack there..lovely British girl that lives in Bonnieex helped me.I know you have everything..but just a small je ne sais quoi:)
      Did you read Lisette's List? You might enjoy it.
      Go:)

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  12. These photos of your travels made me smile today. I can feel the warmth and charm. In my collections, I have several apothecary jars half filled with ochre pigments from France. As I am not a painter, I just like to look at them on my work table. Rudeness to waiters and waitresses is appalling and I am dismayed with those that do it. Have a beautiful day Monique!

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    1. Now I can visualize your oches..what a beautiful display.I have had the pleasure of seeing interiors of your homes and was charmed.. and the places you visit.Always beautiful Ry.

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    1. I meant soul, darn auto fill on the iPad!

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    2. LOl..the whole note went away..Terry you should see my autofills..and typos..not to worry!!

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  14. What glorious vistas and colors! Your must have been awe struck! Thank you for the wonderful sights on this white and black morning. After two days of fog and rain (which is not sinking into the frozen ground), we got 3-1/2 inches of heavy snow last night. Oh to see green again :) And ochre, and blue! I love the gown made of bustier woven reeds and skirt branches!!

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    1. I was in awe:)And the funny thing is..many of these hillside towns are quiet..most..people are there to see and look and admire..all in our own zen zones I find..Couples look about individually..and are moved in that way..It's not Disney:) It's peaceful:)You would love it.
      Littles have no school today..freezing rain w/ an advisory..so moms are off also..
      Kids were overjoyed:) Remember?

      Have a nice day mon amie:)

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  15. Such a lovely place.
    Your pics are great!
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you Nina..the sky was so clear..a small nip in the air:)

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  16. Such beautiful photos. You really have captured some outstanding shots. Is that a twig dress? The beautiful scenery captures your heart and soul. Love the food! It's too bad some people are so rude. I speak my mind as well. I have learned over the years to speak up. My Paul keeps pretty quiet....LOL

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    1. Yes and I think you need that dress in your gardens:) Thanks Linda:) And it's funny..I can see Paul being quiet:) In a nice way:)

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  17. Oh my gosh - those colors - may favorite! And that table of wooden bowls and baskets - I want them all!

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    1. Tricia..so many temptations there!Culinary..the arts..etc:)

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  18. Oh, so gorgeous. One day, I say. And I'll eat what Jacque had.

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  19. Bonjour chĂšre Nana,

    Une belle découverte en ouvrant la page de ton univers... Le Roussillon ainsi que toute la région que je connais si parfaitement est au programme ! Bel hommage ! J'ai l'impression d'avoir fait la balade avec toi !...
    Merci pour ce merveilleux billet...

    Gros bisous

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    1. Nous y avons passĂ© une journĂ©e mĂ©morable♥ La Provence nous convient parfaitement..:)

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  20. Dearest Monique,
    This looks like a painted post... The same colors coming around in buildings, in the earth layers and even in the food!
    Happy looking colors.
    One could roam there for days and never tire of it.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  21. I feel very grateful to have visited Roussillon...would like to go back as I was only there for 1 day...The COLORS!
    Your photos captured the best! I will look for that book. I just saw a film A Brush With Destiny based on Vreeland's The Girl in Hyacinth Blue. The book didn't grab me, the film sure did!! (filmed on location in Holland) PS I have started adding notes to the notes on my blog, as you do. Began with the Elephant post...

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  22. This brought back memories! I so enjoyed this village with its unique colors and winding streets. I had the best ice cream there.
    Amalia
    xo

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  23. Oh Monique, somehow I missed this post! It brought back so many wonderful memories. Roussillon was one of our very favorite places. Scott bought me a beautiful dress there and everytime I wear it or see it in my closet I get longings to go back!

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  24. I love the ochre...so, so beautiful...

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