Thursday, April 23, 2015

Off for a leisurely 2 month stroll through Provence & the South of France

Perched village of Gordes

We’re off for a very leisurely 2 month stroll through Provence and the South of France. That’s what people do when they retire. They don’t hurry or run, they stroll. We’re plan to take our time and leisurely enjoy the glorious sights and smells of Provence, stopping often by the side of the road to enjoy the fields of sunflowers and lavender that grow in that region. And of course live the good life.



The truth be told, we already live the good life. The only difference is that we’ll be living the good life à la française. We’ve rented an old stone Mas (a French country house) a few kilometers north of Saint-Rémy de Provence. Saint-Rémy de Provence is located in the heart of the Alpilles region of Provence where we stayed on our last visit.



We’ll shop in the outdoor markets of small villages & enjoy the charm of the typical Provencal way of life. We’ll stroll along the boulevards under the shade of century-old plane trees, wander around narrow little streets, discover squares with fountains, and of course dine outside at many of their cafes and restaurants and sip wine and eat fabulous Provencal cooking based on locally produced products.



We plan to rise early each morning and walk with the locals to the village’s boulangerie for a fresh baguette and carry it home under our arm.


Perhaps later in the day visit the pretty lady in the patisserie to pick up a couple of flaky pastries or a tart (tart citron is my favorite) for the evening.



We’ll hum Starry, Starry Night as we walk in the steps of Van Gogh where he painted some of his most famous masterpieces in the plein air of Saint-Rémy & Arles.



Saint-Paul Asylum

While in Arles we’ll enjoy the Romans ruins of the ancient city & see where bull fights are held.



Seems the Romans were all over Provence. On our last visit we drove to the Pont de Gard, a Roman monument built halfway through the 1st century AD. The long aqueduct supplied the city of Nimes with water.



We’ve planned day trips from Saint-Rémy and will visit other villages such as Isle Sur la Sorgue, where the river Sorgue surrounds the city and walk along canals that run between the ancient narrow streets. Sunday is flea market day in Isle Sur la Sorgue and crowds come from all around looking for vintage items and treasures. Hmm, I should start my list now...


Perhaps we’ll visit the medieval village of Fontaine de Vaucluse again as one of our day trips and have a leisurely lunch overlooking the beautiful clear blue river that gushes by.


There are many perched villages in Provence. One of our favorites is the beautiful old village of Gordes, situated high in the southern edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse with its stone buildings built tight against the base of cliffs. Photo of Gordes shown in the beginning of the post.

Larger side trips include a visit north to Normandy see the beaches and also from Nice we plan to drive over to northern Italy and Modena in particular. Modena is famous for it's balsamic vinegar of course and it's also opera singer Luciano Pavarotti's home. But there's another reason to visit Modena. It also happens to be the home of Erzo Ferrari and the Ferrari factory. I'm sure we'll see plenty of shiny cars to ogle.  

Promenade des Anglais, Nice 

And of course throughout the trip we'll eat and sip wine until our hearts and bellies are content.



And visit a winery or two or three.


For those of you who follow My Carolina Kitchen on Facebook, you can catch me there as I will try to post some pictures from Provence from time to time while we’re away. Click here to follow on Facebook.

So we leave you with an à bientôt (see you soon) and lots of promises for many fun-filled posts about Provence when we return near the end of June. Take care everyone and we hope you have a lovely spring.

I will return early to mid July with posts about our trip and new recipes after we get settled in for the summer in the mountains.

See you then.

Sam & Meakin






37 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful time there!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. And I shall savor those posts at the end of June--in the late afternoon while sipping a nice French wine.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. So jealous! I LOVE Nice and all the south of France. Enjoy every leisurely minute.

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  4. Have fun you two..you will be visiting some places we visited..
    This is beautifully written..
    makes me itch itch itch to go back.

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  5. I look forward to hearing about your travels Sam. I know you will immerse yourself in all its splendour and have a wonderful time with Meakin.

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  6. Ah, I am eating my heart out! You'll visit all our favorite places. Have a safe trip and a marvelous time.

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  7. Enjoy it all Sam and Meakin. If you get and chance visit Domaine Tempier outside the fishing port of Bandol. Their wines are served by Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. I love the Rose'.

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  8. Sam, Sounds like you and Meakin have it all planned out! It should be a great trip in a beautiful area of France. That life style may spoil you both! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  9. Hello Sam,
    I am delighted for you and for Meakin to be in beautiful Provence. How great that you are familiar with the destination so little time willl be wasted getting into the groove. That you are such a marvelous cook must make the market so much more interesting. Have the best time and I am looking forward to reading of your adventures

    Helenx

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  10. Enjoy it all Sam and Meakin. If you get and chance visit Domaine Tempier outside the fishing port of Bandol. Their wines are served by Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. I love the Rose'.

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  11. Well, looks like you have made us all jealous. :) Have a good time and I'll be watching for lots of pictures.

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  12. 2 months!! wow...have a GREAT time in France, Sam.

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  13. Hope you have recovered from your fall. Enjoy France as much as we do. Safe trip Diane

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  14. Have a fabulous time! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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  15. What a wonderful two months it will be! Hope you are healing well and have a wonderful time, Sam!

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  16. Oh Sam, have a wonderful time - you are so right to "stroll" - I can't think of anything better to do than stroll through the south of France!!!
    Happy travels:)
    Mary

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  17. Oh, Sam, what a wonderful vacation. I'm turning a pale shade of green as I read through your post and see your lovely photos. I can't help but feel envious of your time in such a beautiful place. I'll be following along on FB and enjoying every photo you post.

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  18. Dear Sam and Meakin -- This sounds glorious! Have a wonderful time and savor every moment. I look forward to seeing your facebook posts while you are in France. Safe travels!

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  19. So happy you and Meakin have the opportunity to take such a wonderful trip. I look forward to your posts about France and Meakin's photos. I know they will be grand.

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  20. Oh my gosh, two months in the south of France ~ that sounds like heaven! Have an absolutely wonderful time. I look forward to seeing your posts and photos when you return.

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  21. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

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  22. Bev and I hope you have a wonderful time and we'll enjoy visiting vicariously thru your posts.

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  23. Ah, the good life. One can only dream, and hope. I have a few more years to go. Your trip sounds dreamy.

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  24. What a delight! Have a marvelous trip!

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  25. Beautiful post! Have a wonderful trip Sam and Meakin!

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  26. You are going to have a wonderful time – that, I am sure. I am pleased you like my country, but Italy is also very nice. Just thinking about shopping in the little outdoor markets for local goat cheese and olives makes my mouth water! Enjoy it – it sounds like so much fun.

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  27. I can't think of a better way to spend the summer, Sam. Have a wonderful time. Mary.

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  28. What a wonderful two months you have planned!

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  29. Hope you're having a wonderful trip, Sam! Beautiful photos!

    Bill @ www.southernboydishes.com

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  30. Looking forward to your Facebook posts Sam! What an exciting trip, you'll have memories for a life time, have a wonderful time!

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  31. Wishing you both a wonderful and memorable trip full of old friends, new friends, good food, and lots of wine:) Safe travels.

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  32. wow, amazing scenery of lives there...
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

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  33. I'm following along on Facebook. It looks like you and Meakin are having a wonderful time. Continue to enjoy.

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  34. This sounds amazing, Sam and cannot wait to hear every, single detail!! Especially the food!

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  35. Good for y'all...taking the time to enjoy each other in a new location! There's nothing like traveling with your beloved, to gain new perspective, new friends, new love for life. Enjoy and God speed.

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  36. Absolutely fabulous photos ! Makes me want to go ...

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