Enchanting Provence: First impressions

Ah, la Belle France… few countries in this world conjure up such enticing and seductive imagery, I dare say. No matter if Disney´s hunchback of Notre Dame let you in on the hidden charms of Paris, or Edith Piaf´s passionate song “La vie en rose” (Life through rose-colored glasses) gave you a heart-felt insight into the French´s famous savoir-vivre –no one seems to be able to resist the charms of this country.

In France, even a visit to a regular supermarket-chain can turn into a gourmet-meal-experience, and I am talking packaged crepes and salads! Yes, the French surely know how to wine, dine and feast on first-class food, there´s no doubt about that.

Southern France: A magic bag of beauty

One of France´s most alluring regions which offers culinary delights a plenty, jaw-dropping natural scenery and artistic pilgrimage places en masse is undoubtedly Provence. Situated in Southeastern France and bordering Italy as well as the Mediterranean, seductive Provence has it all! Exhibit A: The stunning mountain ranges of the Southern Alps, a place in which my companion and me got lost for hours in the middle of the night by following the wrong GPS – indications, but that´s a whole different story! Exhibit B: The one-of-a-kind natural beauty of the Camargue, with its wild gorgeous horses, cheeky pink flamingos and abundant birdlife. Exhibit C: The glitz and glamour of the French Riviera aka beautiful bodies tanning on fantastic beaches, exquisite restaurants and nightclubs waiting for affluent visitors, and so much more. As well as of course, Provence´s picturesque olive groves, pine forests and its world-famous lavender fields.

Picture this: the sky is dressed in its most mesmerizing, popping blue, elegant cypresses line the path in front of you, butterflies swirl over fields of flowers and the enticing, elevating scent of pine trees engulfs your being. That´s exactly how Provence greeted me, and how the images of its beauty chose to stay with me ever since.

French discoveries: Come with me on a mystery hunt

During the five days that I got to spend in this magical corner of our beautiful planet, there were some highlights that stood out. Would you mind coming on an adventure with me and discovering some experiences that could absolutely sweeten your Provence experience to the max? Let´s do it. But wait…why don´t we approach this in a slightly different way?

I´ll give you some scavenger-style-hunt-tips alluding to some outstanding Provence things-to-do, and you can, if you´re up for it, do a little research or guessing-game and find out what those attractions might be. I´ll post them here within the next two weeks with some cool details. Alright? Vamos, on y va, let´s go!

First, head to an area close to enchanting Les-Beaux-de-Provence, where you´ll be inspired by an unusual mixture of nature and arts. Think full immersion into these two fields plus pack a jacket to not freeze your tush of.

Next, follow in the footsteps of one of the world´s most famous painters – and no, he´s not French! I hope you are all ears on this one…

And finally, travel back in time and say hello to the birthplace of a prettyyy well-known seer…he´s been in plenty of movies and stuff, you know.

Of course, you´ll also load up on some delish French cuisine, while you´re at it! No worries, I got you covered on this one!

Any ideas yet on what the former clues could mean? Feel free to leave your notions in the comment section, mes amis!

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23 thoughts on “Enchanting Provence: First impressions

  1. wonderful!
    ooh la la
    i’ve fond memories
    of France 🙂

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  2. You made this all sound so seductive Amiga. The amazing views of the southern Alps and Mediterranean, the fine, enticing foods, the serenity a writer needs to compose his work.
    You made this corner of the world sound like beautiful poetry.

    Thank you for sharing this special place with us. Abrazos.

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  3. Thanks amigo, that´s so lovely to hear! So glad you are off to a great start! Looking forward to finding out more and reading your next beautiful poems. Hasta pronto 🙂


  4. An Enchanting mental escape that i hope to make a reality.

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  5. Pingback: Things to do in Provence: Dance inside a quarry in the Alpilles | A gypsy at heart

  6. Really.i like very much France because of it’s enriched history.my dear!!

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  7. Loving your very visual style of narrating a place, makes me feel I’m there… I have always been infatuated with France, the French language and summer 2017 was just one of our most memorable holidays in the South of France… love the photos too… we need to visit Provence in our next French adventure for sure…

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    • Hello again, thanks so much for your incredibly touching and sweet feedback:) You made my day! Wonderful to know that you felt transported when reading, love that. Where in South of France did you travel to? You just inspired me to write another post about Provence soon, thanks so much:) Vive la France 🙂 Have a beautiful weekend!

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      • We went to Toulon, Cannes, Nice, Villefranche sur Mer, Mougins, Grasse.. and of course did the obligatory stop at Monte Carlo – weeks of heaven! Please do indeed post about Provence, it will feed into the planning of our next holidays hopefully! Big hugs dear

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      • That sounds just perfect! Thanks so much for sharing – great to have new destinations on the list for the next trip to France:) And yes, will write a new post on Provence soon:) Big hugs!

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