Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pretty Shutters in Provence....

(double click on photos to enlarge)

Stolling through this sleepy
hill-top village in Provence
I was delighted to see the lovely splashes
of vibrant colours.


Shutters closed against the
scorching mid-day sun

~stone walls shawled with lovely greenery~

pale beige walls adorned with
the prettiest of scrolled lanterns

All framed by the magic
of skies so... intensely blue
they seemed to go on & on for-ever.

so tranquil so quiet
~just perfect~
j'aime beaucoup~ la belle Provence.

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Karena said...

I adore the jolts of color against the ancient stonework, so beautiful.

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The oregano tower said...

So jealous! Love the shutters and warm colours. Am sat here, typing away looking out onto a grey, wet and windy day :-( But thankyou for the little escape to somewhere warm and beautiful. Sarah x

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Ah, there's nothing quite as charming as the colorful shutters in Provence. I wish I could duplicate them here in my own home in the US. They are so practical for shutting out the scorching summertime heat in Provence while you are safely cool inside the heavy stone walls of your home.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

The colors of Province are unique and they have used a secret palette with magical paint washed with the soleil of southern France. These are wonderful photos of the hues of Province.

Bon weekend, ma chère amie!

Cezar and Léia said...

Wow Provence, I really want to visit there someday!It's so romantic and poetic!
Your pictures bring all about this lovely essence, very well done !
Another French word : J'adore! :)

La Table De Nana said...

Which little town? It seems I was there:) I love the shutters the lace..the stone..the light..Just gorgeous..and you capture the beauty so well..Will you go back soon?

The Oregano Tower said...

Thanks for your lovely comment Dianne and for becoming one of my followers! Sarah x

"All things French" said...

La Table de Nana- the little hilltop village
was ~Le Crillon Le Brave~ what a wonderful name for a village! Yes Monique I would love to go back ~ maybe next year.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

Oh such beautiful photos again.... I just want to pack my bags and go and live in a little village, in one of the gorgeous houses with shutters.

Happy weekend

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh Dianne,
What is it about shutters, windows and doors - why do we love them so??!
I love the provencal coleurs of their shutters too.

I have shutters on the inside of my windows and now wish I had been a little more adventurous with colour - maybe one day I'll have them painted with a pinky wash!!!

This is such a lovely post and again you've transported me into the alley ways of provence, just where I love to be.
I've got one of Pam's lavender soaps beside me so I'm getting the fragrance of Provence as well!!!

Shell Sherree said...

Hee, we're on the same colour wavelength, Dianne. Gorgeous! Have a beautiful weekend.

Georgianna said...

I think you're making me a bit desperate to get there, Dianne! I mean, I plan to get there but the desperation is in needing to go NOW! It does seem absolutely perfect! Thank you so much, again, for sharing your amazing photos and knowledge of this magical place. xo – g

Anonymous said...

So unique, beautiful.. the blue just belongs there. And a quaint village - somany of them, but each one with his own unique character. One can stroll forever and each time see something different..the old ultimate love!
Lovely images!

Kellie Collis said...

What a lovely village that is! I'm pretty sure it becomes surreal walking on those small streets and sideways. Have a delightful weekend, Kellie xx

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful place!! I absolutely love it down south!! Your pictures are amazing!
Hope your weekend has been wonderful!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Moi aussi! I have a chance to return to Provence in January for a short visit, and I'm wondering if I'll be sorry going then, or if it can be just as magical in the winter months. Hmmmm.......


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