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Visions of the Beauty of Provence

Colza Field (aka Canola or Rapeseed) near Allemagne-en-Provence

 

Chateau du Tarascon

Ochre Fields in Roussillon

View from Saturnin-les-Apt

 

French Pastries in a Boulangerie in Sanary-sur-Mer

 

Déjeuner Avec Un Vue

I guess by now you know that I am a girl who digs springtime! I’ve been so happy to be outside these past few weeks that I am just over the moon every day that I’m able to venture out. This is the time of year that makes me wish I had an outdoorsy kind of job.

I’m lucky that my office has enormous windows and a gorgeous view. That does help, though it isn’t quite the same as really being outside.

So today at lunch, Dude and I took off to a local boulangerie for some sandwiches, drinks and desserts (I love the combo packages you get here in France at the local boulangerie/patisserie!) and headed toward the Route des Crêtes which is in the hills above La Ciotat.

There are many places along this route where you can stop and take advantage of the scenery. We found a place to stop not too far up the route, parked the car, took out our little picnic and had lunch outside with a magnificent view. It was a bit hazy today, but the sun was shining, the air was warm and the view was of course, perfect.

I am so eager every day to just get out and experience spring time. Even though we had only an hour to enjoy our meal and the scenery, it was enough to satisfy the little voice inside my head that says ‘get outside when the weather is nice’.

Yes-I do hear voices, but only the good kind 🙂

My Local Boulangerie

Oh, how I love my local boulangerie, and all the other ones I come across for that matter. They make the most incredible goodies I have EVER seen. Just to walk in one and smell the freshly baked bread and to stand in front of the glass cases staring with eyes glazed at all the wonderful treats one can buy, is better than Christmas morning, let me tell you. I just love that my boulangerie is within a 5 minute walking distance from my house. My butt and thighs, on the other hand, do not!

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to work in one of these places. I would be in the back room feeding my face all day! Of course, if that happened, I guess I wouldn’t be working there too long!

They make these little, tiny pastries that lull you into thinking that because they are small and sometimes super adorable, you should get a bunch and try them all. How many calories could those little goodies possibly have in them??? Oh and they smell so good! I just can’t handle it!

Forget about sharing, too. I don’t share my deserts too well. Everyone just has to get their own. It’s definitely wonderful that every village has a least one boulangerie in it and sometimes many more depending on the size of the village. One never has to go too far to experience the wonderful treats they have to offer….. then the guilt that goes along with 🙂

 

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