我的新网上商店嫁给了我对旅行的热爱和寻求在我的旅程中找到非凡的美丽物体。我称之为JJ Caprices。“JJ” is for…well, I’ll give you 1 guess, and “CAPRICE.” because both travel and delightful, handmade objects from these journeys are my personal flights of fancy, or “caprices.” Pieces featured in my boutique are all hand made in their country of origin and hand-picked by me! I also get to tell the fun stories about the land they come from or the talented artists that give them a heartbeat. Not that I needed an excuse to explore new countries, but at least this one leads to a tax write-off :).
BUT back to the business at hand! Provence in June!
Soooo I was in France most of June. Paris specifically. My days were spent lumbering along the Seine, indulging at favorite cafés in圣-germ-DES.-Prés.and laughing with dear friends who make the The City of Light that much brighter. It was wonderful to go back…but it is true, Paris doesn’t change much.
在穿过大西洋之前，我的前巴黎室友提出我们在逗留期间向法国南部进行计划。辉煌！我一直想参观阿维尼翁（我最初计划在搬到巴黎之前住在那里......唉，不断地处理风吹的头发的想法阻止了我）并且会喜欢地中海旁边的一段时间。该SNCF75EURO往返火车出租出去Gare de Lyon到南方制造了甜蜜的决定。点击鼠标，我们是Lavendar和Rosé葡萄酒的土地的纽带（我可能会建议你现在抓住一杯玻璃，因为这是一个可见的照片游行）。
该bridge was built between 1177 and 1185 and spanned the length of the Rhone River. It fell into permanent disrepair in the 17th century.
来自我们古朴的酒店，利马斯酒店, in the ancient center of Avignon.
Paula and I were picked up by a handsome local (yes, and my friend) at theGare。He whisked us to our hotel, told us to refresh, see the Palace of the Popes and after he would take us around the region and to dinner. Ahhhh, aren’t friends grand…especially cute ones with accents that make a girl swoon!
Le Palais des Papes
How we celebrated the successful completion of ourle palaisaudio guide tour-a delicatelocal rose from theCôtesdurhône。
In圣-Rémy-德-Provencethese near perfect Roman ruins dazzled us. The detail was astounding. We never would have guessed these were constructed around 20 AD. This was the original portal into the ancient Roman city of Glanum. At dusk it was breathtaking…
圣-Rémy-德-Provenceis also where Vincent Van Gogh voluntarily entered an asylum in the spring of 1889. This grove of olive trees that Paula and I are standing in front of is one he captured during his time at the asylum. These olive trees look almost exactly the same as they do in his seriesLes Oliviers.
下一站私人旅游 - 迷人的中世纪村庄，Les Baux-de-Provence（呃，是的，我在那个鹅卵石上戴着高跟鞋。我告诉你）。
This village is actually “ruled” by they royals of Monaco. In 1642 the town was granted to the rulers of Monaco as a French marquisiate. To this day the title ofMarquis des Baux仍然是格里马尔迪斯，虽然行政上镇完全是法国人。作为一个纸条，我们没有经历过亚伯特王子的瞄准......
After showing us the home that was the birth place of Nostradamus (Huh!? Who knew that was in Provence!!??), Vincent escorted us to this fairytale 5 star hotel for a little wining and diningProvençal.风格…
这个三重奏，迷你法式三明治, fraise随着年龄的balsamique和一个咸味Patisserie，made a fine introductory pairing to a local red.
我最喜欢的一顿饭？本地escargotsharvested from the snail farm just right up the road (it is still a dream of mine to visit aferme奥克斯escargots).
该rockyterroirof the appellation was almost as tricky to navigate as the cobblestone streets of Les Baux, but we braved the pebbles to touch the fabled vines.
Cavein the village
这是那nks to the papacy during its time in Avignon that viticulture in area was promoted. We Catholics do love our wine and, in this case, the entire world now benefits from a few popes in the 14th century demanding quaffable pairings at mealtime.
And we couldn’t come all this way without doing a little tasting :)….
Clearly this picture was taken after an enjoyable episode with thePropriétaire.of thecave, Jacques. Thirteen different varieties of grapes are grown in the region and Jacques insisted we try them all. Thankfully they were presented mostly as blends so I didn’t have to start spitting :). The elegant 100% Grenache he served still lingers on my palate…
A 2 hour car ride later we arrived at the picture perfect Mediterranean town of Cassis!
First thing first, celebrate!
这个罗萨·麦克韦尔是由普罗旺斯布拉德·格拉特和安吉丽娜·朱莉的葡萄园制作的。Paula购买了这款独特的瓶子Châteauneuf-du-Pape.After a series of somersaults induced by discovering the view from our hotel room, all we could do was take our spots on the balcony to test this refined, refreshing rosé and enjoy the gorgeous sea in front of us. I counted my blessings, indeed.
Cassis is famous for its cliffs (Falaises.）和庇护的入口称为calanques。这是一个更好的样子Falaises.取自我们的阳台。岩石与太阳不断变化。令人惊叹的。
We vowed only to order seafood during our seaside stay!
…shut down the restaurant (which if you know me well is really no surprise)!
Eveningaperowhile waiting for our table.
I see her point and will be doing the same.