Feeling like very accomplished americans after navigating the hills of provence successfully we arrived at our destination. green, purple, and turquoise shutters adorned the building. we knocked on the large wooden door and it was opened by the beautiful, whimsical geraldine. we immediately met the star of the @hoteldescolonnes , a french bulldog named betty boop whom just like her owner has never met a stranger.
french author guy de maupassant wrote, “it is the lives we encounter that make life worth living.” the people we encountered along our french journey made our experience all the more riveting. and of the people we met, it was geraldine who was by far the most enchanting. it is people like geraldine whose smile adds zest to life and whose childlike whimsy remind us to live, really live, and enjoy these moments given to us each day. geraldine is a wonderful host not just because of her bewitching personality, but also for her knowledge of the area. she can recommend popular points of interest and the most off the beaten path adventures too. read more about the best of provence🇫🇷 at myscoop link in profile. (scroll for photos of betty boop and more👌🏻) #wanderlustwednesday#provence#southoffrance
“there are some delightful places in this world which have a sensual charm for the eyes. one loves them with a physical love. sometimes indeed the memory goes back towards a spot on a river bank or an orchard in blossom, glimpsed only once on a happy day, but preserved in our heart.” -guy de maupassant, french author
do you have a place forever preserved in your heart because of its beauty or mystique? lake sainte-croix in provence is a place that will forever be imbedded in my mind and my heart. what a moment when we first laid eyes on this mystical, secluded spot with bright turquoise water and a tree draped right over the bank. read more about the best of provence at myscoop👉🏻link in profile. scroll for more photos. #provence#nofilter#traveltuesday
My husband and i love to hike, so hiking one of the most beautiful gorges in the world and the most beautiful natural wonder in france was on the provence agenda - the verdon gorge or gorges du verdon. the unique feature contributing towards the verdon gorge’s natural wonder status is the incredible turquoise green color of the water winding through the canyon.
we hiked the lower verdon gorges which starts near the commune of quinson. it is a 3 hour hike that ascends and descends right along the beautiful turquoise water, enveloping into a dense emerald green moss covered forest, then rising high above the gorge to descend and meet once again along the meandering blue-green water. scroll for more photos👉🏻. read about the best of provence at myscoop link in profile #mountaincrushmonday#verdongorge#gorgesduverdon
Oh what fun to eat seasonal🍑! who else is enjoying peach season??? the peaches this year are the sweetest we have enjoyed in awhile. of course they are delicious on their own but for an afternoon perk i made this ‘southern smoothie’ in the @vitamix - 1 fresh peach, frozen blueberries, honey, and orange juice (and i tossed in a tablespoon of @welleco super elixir too). recipe at myscoop👉🏻 link in profile. #peaches#eatseasonal#meatlessmonday
We often think of time as passing us by. as we drove passed fields of lavender and poppies, rows of grapevines and olive trees and wound up hills passed provençal villages, i wondered if maybe we were just looking at it wrong. maybe instead of thinking of time as something that we lose, maybe we should think of it as something we collect. with every passing day, with every memory, with every birthday, we are gathering more time in our basket. we are collecting moments that will become a part of us. with every drive, every hike, every meal, every sunset and sunrise, every new face, every laugh, every cry we are collecting moments. time goes by, but what a beautiful thing to collect such memories and build a life. read the best of provence day 1 at myscoop link in profile. #fridayfeeling#provence#cotedazur
Our drive from saint-tropez to provence was lined with lavender, grapevines, olive trees, and poppies too. as soon as a lavender field would end, a poppy field would begin. like a never ending van gogh painting, these visions still dance in my head. read the best of provence and read about the first part of this french journey at myscoop link in profile. #wanderlustwednesday#provence#provencal
We wandered through the streets of saint-tropez taking in the scenery, sometimes just stopping to savor the moment, this alley was one of those moments. the pastel colored buildings, the brightly colored shutters, the bougainvillea, the alley-framed moped - every street, every turn felt like walking through the pages of a storybook. read the best of saint-tropez at myscoop👉🏻link in profile. #sainttropez#cotedazur#traveltuesday
Room with a view at the best hotel in the french riviera - that’ll do!❤️🇫🇷 at @residencedelapinede we met not one but two couples that have been vacationing at this specific hotel every year for over 20 years. what a beautiful thing to find a vacation spot you love so much it becomes a part of you. in this world that is always thinking ‘what’s next?’, isn’t it nice to find a place that like an old friend welcomes you with a beautiful smile every visit? do you have a place that you long to return to year after year? read the best of st. tropez at myscoop👉🏻link in profile #sainttropez#cotedazur#fridayfeeling
The first night we wondered through the streets at sunset taking in the scenery. people arm in arm window shopping the many designer shops, people strolling casually alone, people dressed to the nines on their way to dinner, people in coverups and swim trunks who had just come from a day at sea. the sky changed and lit up in oranges and pinks as the sun set and then the lights began to sparkle and the voices became much more boisterous. saint-tropez comes alive at night.
from a gatsby-esque party to a mini moke picnic on a secluded beach to the best spa, best meal, and best dessert to ever experience - saint-tropez did not disappoint. read the best of saint-tropez at myscoop👉🏻link in profile #sainttropez#cotedazur#frenchriviera
Saint-tropez at sunset. the pastel colored buildings, the narrow streets, the bougainvillea wrapped balconies - the colors and smells of the mediterranean wind along every cobblestone street. if magic potions do exist i’m quite certain it’s infused in the air of saint-tropez. read about the best of saint-tropez at myscoop link in profile #wanderlustwednesday#sainttropez#cotedazur
Do you like taking the long way? it never fails when we detour from the main road oh the sights we see. when we rented our car in nice and drove to saint-tropez we took the beach road through saint-raphael and sainte maxime. one of coolest sights were the beaches tucked into tiny inlets lining the coast. these enclaves were so distinctly different from the more popular areas. i loved this red beach with its rocky cliffs and turquoise water creating a dreamy scene that captured a place in my mind. excited to share the details of our st. tropez travels👉🏻read about the best of st. tropez at myscoop link in profile. #sttropez#summerroadtrip#cotedazur
“you were never told st. tropez is paradise?” -karl lagerfeld
one of my favorite captures of all time. this older couple was dressed in formal attire enjoying their candlelit dinner on their sailboat. what a gift it is to live beautifully, savoring the magic of life. how do you savor life’s magic? wrapping up my journey through st. tropez in writing, looking forward to sharing soon about the iconic mediterranean town and @residencedelapinede 👌🏻🇫🇷. #sttropez#traveltuesday#cotedazur