Two writers, two weeks in Provence

Market Day at L’Etang, Curcuron, France

Mt. Ventoux & Pont d’Avignon – upon which I did NOT dance (too expensive)

One of those pesky, yet cool, spiral staircases to our Avignon apartment

One of my favs – CRENSHAW (Katherine Applegate) in the Avignon Library – curious title translation…

Beauty and history everywhere

Carousel-watching; not a bad way to spend time

Got to see Deborah Ellis’s Parvana on the big screen – in French! Very good.

Super disturbing photo exhibit in an Avignon art gallery. The photographer spent a year chatting with and taking photos of children of Texan parents who belong to the NRA – the quotes as to why they liked guns were chilling…

Canadian coats (1950s) for sale at a flea market

Young Eastern European woman using her uke to raise money to get to her cave in Spain… everybody has a story

Palais des Papes, Avignon

Jill contemplating how I was going to eat all that fondant chocolat – I did:)

I can always find a Charlie look-alike in my travels…






or two, this one in the dog park out front of the Louvre.

Les Bories in the Luberon mountains – like field stone igloos. Don’t think I’d like to live in one for very long…

Your next bottle of French wine…



Love it!

Mistral, resident greeter at the excellent Le Cercle Restaurant in Curcuron, on his way to work

L’hermitage outside Curcuron, definitely worth the climb.

Bonnieux – you can see forever

Terrace sitting – lovely Curcuron.

Biking along medieval streets, along country lanes through fields of grape vines and olive trees; so grateful to spend two whole weeks living in Provence with my good friend, Jill.

Thanks for reading – other than a near-death experience involving me having to slam our rental car into reverse on a twisty mountain road as we came upon an 18-wheeler fully in our lane (to navigate the hairpin turn), we had a great trip!

  6 comments for “Two writers, two weeks in Provence

  1. November 3, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Looks like an amazing time. Have you read The Promise of Provence books by fellow Canadian author Patricia Sands? They will take you right back there. I haven’t been to Avignon yet but it is on my list. Great pictures. xo

    • November 21, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks, Darlene – no, I don’t know Patricia Sands’ books, but I must get to them someday… We spent a week in Avignon, but the Luberon is my favourite part of south-eastern France – so many charming villages.

  2. mirkabreen
    November 4, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for taking us along, Jan. Life is good!
    P.S. “aside form the 18-wheeler…”? a variation of “Aside form the ending, mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?” with a better ending, mercifully.

    • November 21, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Mercifully, indeed. Don’t think I’ll ever see another 18-wheeler with quite the same eyes…

  3. Julie
    November 6, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Wow. Looks like quite a trip. You certainly are getting to see the world

    • November 21, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      I feel pretty lucky about that, Julie – travelling always makes me realize how tiny our little part of the world really is (but home is always good, too).

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