Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Brushstrokes of Rouge....

Pretty canopies of red
dot the alleyways of hilltop villages in
the lovely area of the Luberon.
Always used with discretion
like a brushstroke across a canvas.

Look how clean are these pavements?
the village cleaners arrive early each morning
and by the time I make my way to
the little boulangerie,
all is spotless.
My favourites at this boulangerie
were the petit chouquettes!
(pronounced shoo-kett)
little puff pastry pearls
sprinkled with coarse sugar

looking out from inside the walls of the old village
shutters~copper lamps~ fresh flowers
make an inviting scene
(note the rouge menu board)

(image by Janet Mendelsohn)

Paul Cezanne's Studio & Garden
with a goodly dash of rouge
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SoozNooz said...

Perfect. You are so right. Those little touches of France will take us back over and over again. x

TK said...

I am imagining myself sitting at that little table & chair in Paul Cezanne's sweet & idyllic, TK xx

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

**sigh** what a beautiful post! Thanks so much for sharing:)

"All things French" said...

TK:- I will join you at chez Cezanne's xx

Georgianna said...

I've read wonderful accounts of Luberon, Dianne. It really looks idyllic and those red canopies are perfect accents to the textured and pattered stone. We really want to visit France next spring – your beautiful posts help keep me inspired! xo – g

la Brocanteuse said...

hello Dianne,
If I have not said it before...I DO appreciate and enjoy your posts on all things French a LOT!! it takes me away and make me dream for a while...hugs Colette

"All things French" said...

Colette:- Thank you so much
Keep safe xx

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Lovely post, those red colours make it all so inviting. Diane

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

What a beautiful spot to visit! I love the red awnings.

Shell Sherree said...

What a pretty selection of splashes of red ~ they go beautifully together!

✿ Hélène Flont ✿ said...

Ah les chouquettes, with their sugar constellation!!! J'adore

Chaleureusement votre bien chère Dianne
!!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Tatieva art said...

Rouge, rouge, rouge.
Rouge vie, rouge passion, rouge amour...
I love rouge et les petites ruelles qui laissent entrevoir un petit hôtel ou une boulangerie gourmande...

"All things French" said...

Helene:- I've finally found another chouquette lover!! they are so... delicieux

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

Your post is so beautiful today. Just looking in the window of the Boulangerie where we were staying in Paris, was a treat. The sweet treats tasted even better.
I love all the touches of rouge.

Happy Thursday

Cezar and Léia said...

Wow delightful post!You are always creative and I love your words, a new poem every post!
Enjoy your day,

Kellie Collis said...

It's a lovely place to enjoy a drink with a friend. Have a gorgeous day, Kellie xx

Renata said...

Muito bonito!!!

Mary said...

These are very pretty - in America you can find quaintness like this - though probably not as often!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Pretty ramblings in a lovely village. Everything looks so "French". I can see myself sitting in the last photo sipping a drink. Lovely photos and beautiful words.

Dina said...

Shalom Dianne. I'm enjoying strolling through your blog. I see you have good reason to be in love with France.
Thanks for going further afield and visiting my land.
See you again.

Eli said...

Me encantó conocer tu espacio, recorrer esos maravillosos rincones, aunque mas no sea a través de tu relato...

Très belle!


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