Villages in Provence

On the way to St. Remy…. Sippers, do you remember the plane trees and the poppies? We made the trip of an hour especially for a visit to Joel Durand’s alphabet chocolate shop. Joel himself welcomed us and gave us samples of his new flavors this year – one with fresh rose petals. 

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A visit to Gordes one day nearly blew us off the cliff, but we enjoyed lunch at a lovely garden cafe. We talked to a group of bicyclers from Seattle (can you imagine pumping up those mountains?) and when we left, we were told they had paid for our meal! Americans are so friendly – and generous.

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The people of Provence are what makes one want to come back. Charming Franciose Valenti, artist and gallery owner in Roussillon, always welcomed us for coffee and/or dinner. New friends at the gite were Jean-Noel and Dany from the Loire valley. (Also in the picture is Maggie’s beautiful daughter, Lisa, who came for a few days.) We had them for dinner (ratatouille) my last night and gave Jean-Noel an art lesson!

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4 thoughts on “Villages in Provence

  1. Delightful images and text, dear Mary Ann. ~Thank you for wafting us to beloved Provence through your wondrous watercolors, words and photos!!! Blessings! Mary

  2. Beautiful pictures! and handsome too. Looks like an awesome trip- I love the way you make friends everywhere you go. You look wonderful!!!

  3. Thanks, Anne. Wish you could have been with us. And Linda and Marsha. I couldn’t believe the spread in Watercolor Artist. I’m so proud to have known her.

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