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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother, not a grandmother,I don't know if I'll ever be, but I'll let you know in due time! Oh and um ... I am a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sweetauer's Photo Scavenger Hunt #2 With a Little French Accent ...

There is a new Photo Scavenger Hunt going on at Kirsti's. Click on the badge or on this link to find out who else is playing, and maybe vote for someone's pictures?
I'm not really in it to win, because I hate to beg for votes each day. I decided I'm not going to do that anymore. I'm in because I love doing Scavenger Hunts, and I thought it would be nice to hunt for the pictures while on holliday in France and that I could spice it up with a little French touch. I think this series gives a great impression of Summer in Provence the way we have seen it and lived it these past two weeks.



This is the June Challenge:
It is preferred that you take your photos between today and June 30th. If for some reason you are stuck on the 30th without a few of the items on your list, then you can use a maximum of two photos from your archives, as long as they were taken less than one year ago.

It is up to you whether you post your photos on your blog as you go, or wait until June 30th to unveil them and make it a surprise. One thing I ask is that everyone who participates posts all 25 photos in one single post on their blogs or in a set in an online gallery by June 30th.


So here we go, my French Photo Scavenger Hunt pictures from Provence ....

1. A View from Above (looking down)


2. A Macro Shot: Laguiole cuttlery.




3. Laughter



4. Relaxation



5. A Celebration: A wedding in Lourmarin



6. A Sunset



7. Sun/Lens Flare




8. A Bridge : in a Restaurant at l'Isle-Sur-la- Sorgue



9. A Shadow in Lourmarin



10. A Garden in Gordes.



11. A Park in l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue



12. A Street Scene in Cucuron. Do you see the electricity cables?



13. Signage: The French are very creative when it comes to advertising their business!


14. A Summer Activity: Nothing more French than "Jeu de Boules".


15. A Summer Treat


16. Earth



17. Air/ Wind: This is what the famous Mistral does with French laundry!



18. Fire: l' eternelle cigarette ...



19. Water



20. Something Vintage (pre-1980): I discovered that one, hidden in a garage in Banon.


21. Something Made of Glass: "Un petit blanc" at Tain l'Hermitage.


22. Something Made of Wood



23. Something that Floats: ;-)




24. Something Railroad Related: deserted ...


25. Something Round




So there, that's it from me, I hope you've enjoyed it!
I took so many pictures, and I had so much fun looking for them, I could easily do another series of this! Well, maybe I will?

Monday, June 29, 2009

I'm baaaaack!!!



Hi, it's me, I'm back from my holliday in France.
First of all, I want to thank all of you, loyal visitors and followers of this blog for all the comments you left here while I was away. I can't begin to describe how much this means to me, and how much fun I had reading them all.
It's been wonderful. But it's good to be back too.

The weather was great, the food was divine, and the scenery, as always breathtaking.
I don't know how many ( hundreds of) pictures I took, but there are many...
Lavender fields, poppy fields, sunflowers, old doors and windows.
Pictures of bugs making whoopie and jeu de boules with the locals ...

I promise I will ( try to ) catch up with all of you as soon as I can.
Right now, there is so much "stuff" that needs my attention, I don't know where to start!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Summer Stock Sunday, This Made Me Smile,

Spotted in Buis-les-Baronnies.

If the car does not start, the driver could still walk, right?










If you take into account which state some French cars are in, this does not come as a complete surprise!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday Something, Old Doors in France

Did you know how I love doors?
I do.
I have collected some real treasures over the years.
I'm sharing a couple of them today. Enjoy ...


Séguret 2008

Venasque 2008

Venasque 2008


Le Barroux 2008

Le Beaucet 2008


Le Barroux 2008


Click the links to learn more about these pretty villages.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Fave Five, the French Edition ...


Friday again, and our holiday is coming to an end ...
I love everything about this beautiful region, so sharing five more favourite things is not hard at all!


Favourite shop in Saint Rémy: Entre Sel et Terre.
I love their wide range of salts and spices.

Colourful handbags and shoppingbags.

Pastis. My favourite aperitif. There is nothing like it.

Sunsets

The colour and the scent of a lavender field. I hope they are in bloom this year.
Spring was very cold last year, so we did not get to see any. This picture was taken two years ago somewhere in the area of Sault.

See you all again real soon!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

When the Lady Smiles.


If you've travelled to France before, you'll probably know using a French restroom CAN be a bit of a challenge.
Follow me.


You just NEVER KNOW what you're going to find in there....



Air freshener French style?


I rated this one five stars. And you know why?
Because it's more or less clean? Uh-uh.
The paper towels and the soap?
Nope. Although I must add this is a rare luxury In France.
But there was something else ...


No, wait ... not that one.
Yes, they LOVE their Art in France.

Hang on.

Look ...



This is where they hid her!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fontaine de Vaucluse, No Playground




This video might give you some idea of the force and the speed of the water of the well.



This looks like still water, but make no mistake...


This is how it looks only a couple of meters further downstream.
When we were there, we heard a man had drowned there the previous day. They found his body about three kilometers up the river, and my mind boggles if I try to imagine the horror of this.
Now, can you imagine how we felt when we saw ...





THIS??

Holy Moses!

I mean, really?
What is with some people?

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