How I'll Spend My Summer Vacation!
Everyone's already thinking of what they'll be doing on their summer vacation.
So, let's hear about it already!! (And pictures are always welcome!)
There are still some other plans in the making for later this year, but each year our main holiday is spent in Provence, in the South of France. It feels a bit like coming home, because we rent the same house each year. It's been more than ten years since we discovered this beautiful region for the first time, but we never get tired of it. The landscapes, the lavender fields, the markets, the people, it's beautiful nature, good food ... this country has it all.
It's a feast for the eye if you're a photographer. Provence is where I took my first pictures, and learned how to handle a camera. That was only two years ago.
On previous years I refused to take a camera. I just wanted to mingle and blend in among the people living there. I much preferred it if they tried to sell us a mattress, because they took us for locals! Part of it is still like this. I go to the farmers market with my wicker basket, to look for fresh produce to cook with that day, just like any other French housewife does.
We sip a Pastis after the market, and just enjoy life.
The French easy going joie de vivre ...
I am counting the days until this gate opens...
No internet for at least two weeks.
Well, okay, maybe that's the down side, but ...
I'll keep a diary.
I'll open the trunk with my very own kitchen tools that have been waiting for me there.
I unpack the herbs and spices I brought with me.
We'll go to the farmers market.
Smell the garlic and the fresh basil?
Listen to Gig Street. My favourite jazz band.
Maybe look for a place to eat?
Or we could have a Pastis first?
Or a little picnic along the way?
Take a tour in a horse drawn carriage?
Watch the locals?
Or go home,
and cook a lovely meal with the fresh produce from the market?
Have some fun in the pool?
Chase the bees with my camera?
I know I can always find someone willing to pose for me?
And you know what?
I have a new and better camera this year...