After scanning in some old photos of Paris for Lady Jennie, I decided to do a few more from my favorite parts of France. Being a francophile, I like the country a lot.
Can you stand just one more ornate door in Paris?
I could photograph French doors ad infinitum.
A window in the very unique village of Les Baux-de-Provence. This lovely place is up in the Alpilles Mountains and was inhabited as far back as 6000 B.C. Although it can be overrun with tourists in the summer, it’s very photogenic and definitely worth a visit.
Les Baux again. According to Wikipedia, “in 1822, the mineral bauxite [aluminum ore] was discovered near Les Baux by geologist Pierre Berthier. It was mined extensively in the area, but by the end of the 20th century had been completely worked out; France now imports most of its bauxite from west Africa.”
I think my favorite place of all is Aix-en-Provence. Everywhere you look, there are fountains and statues like this. The weather is perfect in the summer and the light is, well, divine. Sidewalk cafes are all over the place and the pace is leisurely. If I were wealthy, I’d buy a place in Aix.
I had one of the best dining experiences of my life here. It’s at the Hotel Jules César in Arles, where Van Gogh lived and painted. The hotel was once a Carmelite convent.
I don’t even recall what I ate, only that it was delicious. What I remember most is that it was one of the most beautiful setttings I’d ever been in, and that the sky slowly turned azure blue. I’d never seen a sky of that color before, and I will never forget it.
Thanks so much for coming along.