Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Day 2609: Saint-Saturnin les Apt.





Saint-Saturnin les Apt.: photography









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Today was market morning at Saint Saturin les Apt.
It's a  small village on the hillside in the Puy-de-Dôme
 department in Auvergne in central France.
Built originally on a hillside for protection,
this is a smaller village, population 1500.
everyone seemed to know everyone.
 



Having fun, the food is wonderful, more than 
I usually eat and oh so healthy! 
Many vegetables every meal, and fruits. 
I sleep great and have done some shopping and 
some art work in my room. 








Seems everyone carries at least one straw basket 
to but fruits, veggies and especially bread. almost everyone 
had at least one baguette sticking out of their basket. 
This bakery is famous, people drive from miles away 
daily to pick up fresh croissants and breads.
 Including the hamlet where we are staying.


I come here to the library at 9 pm 
to use the wifi, it works better then.
Done at 10:55 pm. 

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A smile for Tuesday ...









Monday, September 16, 2019

Day 2608: Beautiful Bonnieux!





Altered journal spread:  graphite & collage.











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Today was another perfect day!

6:45 am shower  before breakfast at 7:30 am.

We left at 9 am for  Bonnieux, a high village.
Lots of hill, steps and slopes. 
Marj, jacki, Jane, Susan, Ardi & Ginny: photo by Ede Strife


There are 11 0f us, but we split into groups that vary daily .
 


One of the many special moments, was seeing this stone 
bridge built without mortar, by the Roams in 3 BC,
It was just recently closed to auto traffic, 
but we saw a biker crossing today. Wow? 
 




Marseille, and in particular, our small hamlet, Les Bessacs.
Wi-fi is very slow, none till tonight at 9pm!
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I will be able to do more September 22. 
That's all folks.












Thanks to artist/friend Lorraine Kushynski for forwarding to me.










A smile for Monday ...





Sunday, September 15, 2019

Day 2607: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market.





L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market:  photography









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Today was another perfect day!
6:45 am shower & washed my hair before breakfast at 7:30 am.
We left at 9 am for L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market.



Okay folks, I have just spent 35 minutes uploading one image, one!
So I took a patience test and failed!
I love it here, I do, but ...
In Marseille, and in particular, a small hamlet, Les Bessacs.
Wi-fi is very slow, none till tonight at 9pm!
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I will be able to do more September 22. 
That's all folks.
 






A smile for Sunday ...






Saturday, September 14, 2019

Day 2606: Going to Apt.





"double insight": photography










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Eighth day in Provence, and feeling so very blessed.
For our drivers, beautiful rooms, cooks of fabulous meals.
After breakfast, we again left at 9am for Apt. 

Sue, Marj, Ardi, Ginny, Ede, jacki

Apt is a town in the Vaucluse department in the 
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.
 It is the principal town of the Luberon mountains. 



I walked up through the market, open to locals every Saturday 10-1. It was crowded with shoppers for meats, cheese, vegetables, sweets, lavender, books, clothing, sunglasses, flowers and the like.


 
I walked way up into the Apt residential hills.





 Sharing a few pleasant architectural beauties along the way.



I passed some construction, and shot the earth, 
showing the natural ochre that was discovered native to this area.



After 2 hours  of walking uphill,
I returned to the market place to find a seat.


I made my first Coca-Cola in France, last an hour.




Then I met Bonnie & Jane and we went to lunch together.
It was delicious. Some got gelato and ate it one way to our 
meeting point for the drive home. We arrived at 2:45pm.
Normally, I take a delicious afternoon nap, but today
I have to bite the bullet and do laundry and this blog.
Au revoir from France,









A smile for Saturday ...





Friday, September 13, 2019

Day 2605: Going to Roussillon!





"Pods of Roussillon" :photography










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In Marseille, and in particular, a small hamlet, Les Bessacs.
Wi-fi is very slow, none till tonight at 9pm!
* More on Instagram @jlonginc or long, jacki 
or https://www.facebook.com/jacki.long.75


Today we visited Roussillon and came home for lunch.


A beautiful village next to the original ochre mines.


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You can see some abandoned ochre mine on the wall of the village.




We arrived around 9:30 shops open at 10-ish.




Most of the buildings are shades of ochre or yellow. 



It was about here when my calves let me know
that the daily slopes were doing their job. 



View of the valley from the top.


I made it to the top, and the church.


Many of the farm houses have pools, as do we.
 


A small museum dedicated to milling olives.




Tomorrow we will visit Apt
Apt is a fabulous market town. It's a large town, not a village; 
the surrounding apartment blocks are prominent, the main road past the town and along the concrete-channeled river is pretty industrial. The beauty of Apt is the old town (vieille ville), hidden behind the walled buildings. Long, narrow streets winding between the houses, with interesting little nooks here and there waiting for discovery. Market day is tomorrow, Saturday.









A smile for Friday ...