Long time, no post! It's actually been more than 6 months since I last posted over here but it doesn't really feel like it's been that long at all.
I don't have any proper excuse why I haven't been blogging - I guess a little bit of laziness, some travelling and new family members in the form of kittens all contributed to my absence. So to get back into the swing of things I'll share with you some photos from a trip to Provence which I took way back in July. Remembering those warm and sunny days seems appropriate now that we just had our first snow this season.
Provence really lived up to my already high expectations - the beautiful picturesque villages on top of the hills, lavender fields, good food and beauty everywhere I looked.
Of course we went to visit Grasse, the capital of perfume - now we didn't see any fields of beautifully scented flowers there but decided to go directly to the International Perfume Museum which was wonderful as it showed all the different procedures of obtaining the perfume essence and throughout the Museum there were these little stops where you could smell certain perfume notes which made me want to order those little sets of raw perfume ingredients even more. There were also literally hundreds of perfume bottles and this little red riding hood was one of the cutest ones (of course I completely forgot which perfume was housed in this beauty).
There was only one con to the Museum in my eyes and that's the Museum Shop - I had all these ideas how it would be filled with English books on perfumes and some famous or very rare perfumes for purchase but unfortunately it was not and the perfumes in the Fragonard perfumery nearby weren't my cup of tea either so I came home without a single drop of new perfume.
We did however bring home a lot of lavender scented products. Generally I don't really love the scent of lavender in beauty products but the scent of real lavender in the fields of Valensole was just amazing and so soft unlike the sharp "lavender" scent that we're used to.
Besides the scented part of our trip there were of course many other memorable moments such as the very, very long drive through Gorges du Verdon, the largest Canyon in Europe...
... and yes, the colour of the water really was this vivid
... the peacefullness of Valensole...
... and the picture-perfect Roussillon, a little hilltop village known for its ochre quarries where they produced the warm coloured pigments which are still present here on every step.
On the last days of our trip we also stopped in Aix-En-Provence where we spent about three hours at their wonderful market trying out different kinds of food and just spending a lot of time looking at all different stands.
I do need to stop at the word "food" for a moment: we loved the baguettes, fresh fruit and yoghurts for breakfast in the morning, I tried the "peche plate" for the first time and loved them...
|Peche plate, yum!|
and we decided to do as the French do (or perhaps better yet as us tourists are told that the French do) and had desserts with every evening meal. This fondant right here in Villeneuve-les-Avignon was especially memorable, together with the hmm, intereseting English translation of the menu in said restaurant.
|I wonder what the outputs would be ;)|
And below is a fine example of "cafe gourmand" - coffee with an array of small desserts. This is pretty much close to perfection, right?
I had a great time in Provence and would love to go back soon, especially now that the days are starting to get colder and shorter although I'll admit that the colder months do have some other pros going for them. I've noticed that I've been getting a lot of Christmas related mails from online retailers already (are they getting earlier each year or is it just me?) which is just bizarre as Autumn just barely started. In the last 6 months I have also purchased and found some new wonderful products so reviews of those will slowly be sneaking up on the blog. I hope you're all ok and well and hopefully it won't take me another 6 months until my next post.