Friday, December 2, 2011

Catching Up

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I haven't been around for a while, I've really missed blogging. But I've been pretty busy in November with school and traveling to France! I don't have any new recipes to share with you yet, but I'll share some pictures from my trip to St. Remy de Provence in France.


View from the front door--the pool, garden, and olive trees:


Olives from the olive trees in the garden, which we picked and brought to the co-op to turn into olive oil!:


The gorgeous home we stayed in, called Mas de Pitou (you can rent it for a vacation!):


Delicious pastries from one of the local patisseries (this one is called a Sacristain, it's kind of like an almond croissant rolled into a log...to die for):


The "Barrage de Peiroou," a lake within a 15 minute walk from the house, surrounded by Les Alpilles (those gorgeous rocks). Apparently it's more full in the summer and people go fishing here all the time!:


Persimmon tree from the garden that Vincent Van Gogh looked out over during his stay at the asylum in St. Remy, we got to see the room where he stayed, the scenes he painted, and we even picked persimmons from his tree!: 


Beautiful olives fresh from the trees:


Me picking olives:


Some of the Roman ruins in Glanum, just about a 10 minute walk from the house!:


A beautiful view of the countryside and the vineyards at Chateauneuf de Pape, apparently a very well-known vineyard town:


The Pope's Palace, or "Palais de Papes" in Avignon:



View from the top of the terraced gardens in Avignon:


The famous Pont d'Avignon (Avignon Bridge) in the evening, it doesn't cross the Rhone river because part of it was washed away in a flood in the 1400's, but the rest is absolutely gorgeous, especially at night:


Walking into the town of St. Remy from the house, along the canal. This is also where I ran in the morning, it's a lovely path and only about a 20 minute walk:
    

The town of St. Remy is filed with these old narrow roads with tons of cute boutiques and little restaurants. We probably walked through the town for 24 hours total, finding new things with each trip:

I had many more great adventures in France, but this definitely gives you an idea of what a fantastic, relaxing time I had. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I meant to post some recipes, but couldn't really do that from France, so I'll be sure to post some for upcoming holidays! 

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