Thursday, October 19, 2017

St-Rémy~

























This town was one of our pied-a-terre.We had 4.
All different..all unique in their own way~
I have the pleasure of saying that all 4 places were clean and inviting.

When you get to St-Rémy ,the plane trees will pull at your heartstrings..the pretty carousel..the pretty streets with cafés and stores..our quick convenience store was across from the public parking where a game of "boules" was always going on..again..here people asked where we were from and welcomed us so warmly.

Make sure you look down also because the streets have Vincent brass markers..showing Van Gogh's Walk..parts are in town..I saw markers but there is also the walk to the asylum..called St-Paul Mausole..  a psychiatric facility..I loved reading the markers I found.I hope you can make some out....he was interned there..and created many of his famous works..

St-Rémy hustles and bustles at busy periods and yet can be calm:)
The best of both worlds.


Not to be missed..Le Glanum..unimaginable history.







Jacques is a history buff and France has always been his coup de coeur..

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Les Baux de Provence♥~ Fall~Tarte Tatin~


Picture a blue sky:)Although I said the weather suited the Game Of Thrones feeling:)



Le foggy view as we arrived..






My favorite of the artist  Archimboldo  until Jan..a beautiful exhibition..
we should have stopped earlier..there was absolutely no parking anywhere to be found at the Carrières Des Lumières..and I was told that at night..spectacular.


This is a store..when I stepped in..♥


I bought my Painting Provence book above~



A Bed and Breakfast..I had no idea..look how pretty!













Above ,a lovely store for tea towels etc..
markets have many many also..and tablecloths..and aprons and runners etc..
Provence and linen..s♥



 A washroom..below..





Les Baux -de- Provence has been named one of the most beautiful villages in France and rightly so..honestly you feel like you are in a movie..that a village can be this beautiful is beyond one's wildest dreams.
It gets over 1.5 million visitors per yr .Only 22 residents in the upper part..436 in the whole commune.
It's gorgeous my friends..gorgeous.

Yet another chapter in our sweet trip..

I hope you don't mind..it's my online journal..look away or skip to the end for Dorie's delicious tarte tatin recipe.

It was drizzly the day we went..one of the only drizzly days..
the morning was quiet and people started arriving and arriving..I could meander and take photos of shops and the area w/out people at one point..it quickly changed..

Walking through this commune is out of this world.
The shops are set in stone..the views..the products..the people..
again..so friendly..I have put some photos to give you an idea.

Desserts were often included in Jacques' Formules..mine.. a few..
he adores..tarte tatin and crème brulée..
I made both once we returned.

It had been yrs since a tarte tatin..I made Dorie Greenspan's  LOVELY.From her book Baking from my Home to Yours..I have 3 of her books and they are all keepers..I don't find all cookbooks keepers.;)

One thing about Jacques and I..I have baked so much in 44 yrs that he sometimes forgets I HAVE baked things that he loved..lol

it kills me when he says:"Mmmm this is good..maybe you could make some?.."
IHAVE..bless his heart;)
It's fall now..you can see the trees changing ad although it is bleak today you know they are there ready to shine and outsparkle everything when the sun will shine..

we went to one of Lucas' high school football games late yesterday..it's his first year and was told..don't expect to play in your first yr here..  so he uniforms up..goes to all the practices..and watches..
and I watched him♥
Isn't it funny how when someone you love is somewhere..that's really the only person you really SEE..there's an aura:)
A magnetism that cannot compare with even the best QB on the field lol.

L'amour,toujours l'amour~

Number 6♥


Monday, October 9, 2017

Maillane~













The cuteness♥ Petite Arlésienne~








Paper napkins as toppers..economical..easy to cut..and cute.





For a number of years Sam wrote posts about Maillane and St-Rémy..and I mentioned to Jacques that if EVER we went back to Provence..I would like to see those places..

IF EVER happened and we went.
I have Sam to thank for the inspiration and her darling Meakin.

Our home base for the week in Les Alpilles was St-Rémy..Maillane was so close:) 
We went..
The drive is pretty and the town so sweet..

We happened to be there during the Frédéric Mistral festival.
He was born there and his father was from St-Rémy~
Do have a read.. I learned a lot.A Nobel Prize Winner.


That is where the word mistral for provencal winds came from.
We had some mistral winds particularly in Gordes..where market day took on a whole new meaning w/ crates flying..people walking against the wind..it was in fact not dangerous..but humorous in parts.

So I have put a few Maillane photos..and I must tell you that we ate lunch twice there..and loved our meals..magret de canard etc..but especially the desserts..we were told it is because the desserts were works of a wonderful pastry chef.
So good!

The festival..gave us access to his home there..the gardens..and we had a delightful show by les 

danseuses provençales who ranged in age from little to ladies♥


Maillane..where everybody knows your name I think:)  Population ap 2400 in 2012.

A young woman was the tour guide for the festival..tour of his home..she could not have been more pleasant.
She would love to come to QC..
it was so nice to hear so many people tell us that that they would love to come to Canada,especially QC.And out west.
Because it was the festival..photos were permitted..
Look at the atmosphere there:)♥
Melts your heart,



Things I bought in Provence..

mostly watercolor things..like Ochres..powders to paint with..3 brushes..a couple of watercolor journals and a book on how to  paint Provence.

When I have gone to Europe..3 times now..I always remember the moments and the things we came home with..

Never costly things..but fun things.

So I did spend a few euros.
Again nothing very costly..
and I have regrets..in Aix..the last day..an amazing market..I found the antiques and etc..much more affordable than Isle -Sur-La-Sorgue..well for my pocket book..

ooohh..aah..a stack of gorgeous old plates/bowls..that off white w/ a touch of crackle w/ those old blue small flowers around..3 euros each..
those beautiful salt boxes..  you know the ones.. 13 euros..
a canister set..the kind we love..24 euros for 8 pieces I think..
well none of that came home w/ us..
we are limited w/ weight etc..

economy flying..

did I mention I used to get excited at an airplane meal?
No longer;)
Oyoyoy.


I made Jacques' mom's ketchup this week..he loves it..
It smells like her home when I make it:)
You can find the recipe here~
A wonderful lady..that we saw at a few markets..makes all her own jams from all her own produce..she topped her jars w/ paper napkins..instead of fabric..=winner.♥


Happy TG Monday ..we had dinner at my daughter's last night ..Thank you Mylène!
Made Kim's brown bag apple pie..and the power went out:( It came back on several hours later..I stuck the pie back in..w/ out the bag..there was very little time left..it worked!

PS notes re the ketchup..it is more like a sweet tomato fruit chutney..the spices are PICKLING SPICES..I don't blanch the fruits..before cutting now..only the tomatoes..I don't use a wax seal..I trun over the hot filled sterilized jars..let cool..turn upright..and refrigerate.I did not water bath this time..but am refrigerating .