Come travel with me…

I cannot NOT write. I think I was born with a pen (okay, today it’s a stylus) in my hand. So, wherever we go (and we travel a LOT), my diary tags along too. So does my tiny #NoFilter Canon SD 1200. And together we create a world from a unique perspective. My perspective. This blog is the world through my eyes, a bit offbeat, sometimes quirky, always different.

This Blog is for my short-attention-span friends out there … less words, more pictures. But if you like what you see, I also have full-on longer-length articles of our wayward travels elsewhere on this website.
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Roma airport chic

Roma airport chic

Posted on: 2nd July 2018| By: Marielle

Well … I’m now writing from Israel … The stats: close to 2,700 (driven) kilometres later (loud applause, Hershey!), the final stretch of which was a 700 km, 10-hour drive from Valensole to Orbetello, Italy, 1½ hours away from Roma airport. It was a looonng, slow, Saturday of coping with wild, uncontrolled, non-indicating drivers and…
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Lavender rewind

Lavender rewind

Posted on: 30th June 2018| By: Marielle

I just can’t leave Valensole without doing justice to the 101 lavender pictures I’ve taken … . . . and, oh, we will be so happy to say Au revoir to les mouches!
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Adieu to Valensole

Adieu to Valensole

Posted on: 30th June 2018| By: Marielle

A final wander around our “local village” delivered some wonderful trompe l’oeil wall scenes and lavender-blue shutters. I loved the wittiness of this first photo: the idea of a colourful painted alley installed in front of a real (and a slightly more drab) alley.      Finally, we chanced upon a fascinating story in the…
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Digne-les-Bains

Digne-les-Bains

Posted on: 29th June 2018| By: Marielle

Hirsh is earning his stripes as a local and has learned to drive like a Frenchman. He now takes sharp curves at speed, pulls into curbsides without any warning and a whooping “Allez-oop!”, and can execute a three-point turn on a highly trafficked road. Which served us well on the one-way, single-lane roads around Moustiers-Ste-Marie….
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Moustiers shutters

Moustiers shutters

Posted on: 29th June 2018| By: Marielle

                            
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Moustiers arts & crafts

Moustiers arts & crafts

Posted on: 29th June 2018| By: Marielle

     I loved the tables in the café with its delectable pain au chocolat.   Vivid colour followed by shades of grey . . . And this zebra simply stole my heart!
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Moustiers-Ste-Marie

Moustiers-Ste-Marie

Posted on: 28th June 2018| By: Marielle

The country roads leading to this cliffside village wind through, not rolling wheatlands, but hill and dale of pale lilac and rich violet lavandin and lavender. It makes for a lovely drive. From our guidebook you’d never have known that Moustiers was such a charmingly pretty village. It’s a place of fountains and flower baskets…
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Our local village, Valensole

Our local village, Valensole

Posted on: 28th June 2018| By: Marielle

                       We’re slipping easily into the Provençal way, my French making such leaps and bounds I have the shopkeepers rattling back at me at a pace that leaves me speechless. Then, embarrassingly, I have to ask Pardon? We’re such frequent shoppers at the local supermarket we even get discount coupons. In the…
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Bushman in Provence

Bushman in Provence

Posted on: 28th June 2018| By: Marielle

       I’ve always said in Hirsh’s previous life he was a Bushman because of his love for building fires and braaiing outdoors. (He also produces a mean string of Khoisan clicks.) Case in point: Hirsh never failed to grab the opportunity to light a fire at our gîte at La Petite Campagne. (This after…
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Riez shabby chic

Riez shabby chic

Posted on: 28th June 2018| By: Marielle

Picture above for my cat-loving friends! Not so shabby, more chic …            Amazing, in the central row the left-hand photo is an apartment address!
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