Dreaming of the coast of France and colorful Bretagne this Waterlogue Wednesday.
Today’s Waterlogue is from images from my favorite town in Provence, Martigues. I have held onto these photos for too many years and am inspired by Spring colors to share the beautiful and colorful images I have from my day trip to Martigues.
Whenever I’m down visiting my French family, I always feel tempted to travel to all the nearby towns and villages. After deciding on a day trip to Martigues (after it was described as the “Venice of France”), my family dropped me off at the train station and off I went to one of the most memorable places I’ve ever visited. The charming town is full of pretty boats, stray cats roaming the alleys and narrow streets, colorful façades, parked bicycles, and so much more. I can hardly wait to return. This is just a sampling of my images from that day.
I love the scene at Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole at Christmastime. It must have Paris’ most photographed façade, but it . It always looks like a winter wonderland inside which sits a beautiful crèche, appropriate for today, the 12th day of Christmas. Today’s Waterlogue features a photo from the Au Vieux Paris taken a couple of weeks ago, as well as a beautiful bright red café façade in the 2nd arrondissement. I found the matching awning, chairs, and Christmas decor too charming not to shoot.
Christmas in Paris should last at least a month, in my opinion! The places where businesses and the City have taken care to do something beautiful all just ooze with charm. I can’t help but want it to stick around. I even had lunch a couple of weeks ago at a restaurant with a beautiful advent wreath on a large round community table. It’s the attention to detail and the tastefulness of the decor that makes it all so beautiful.
Today’s Waterlogue includes a photo from Le Compas on rue Montorgueil, where I caught many people having a morning coffee and checking up on news in their journaux. The second image is one that I found after making a special detour to see if there were any decorations in Galerie Vivienne. I’m so glad I went there, as I ended up shooting this scene from every angle!
For today’s Waterlogue, I wanted to share with you a couple of classic Parisian café scenes decked out in Christmas decor. The first is Le Consulat in Montmartre, which is always a photographer’s favorite. It’s beautiful year-round, but its red color makes it especially festive at this time of year. The second is the famous Café de Flore in St. Germain des Prés, where famous thinkers and writers used to gather in the 1920s to chat, collaborate, and people watch. It is still a French and tourist favorite, today.
Have you all put up your Christmas trees yet? As an American, I’m ready for the Christmas season as soon as Thanksgiving is over. I just love this season, and since I’ve been in Europe I have missed the pervasive twinkle lights and all-around gezelligheid that Americans are so good at during this season. Today’s Waterlogue includes a photo from the bridge that joins Île de la Cité and Île Saint Louis, right at the heart of my favorite place in Paris. The beautiful Parisian façades are a lovely backdrop to the blue-ribbon-laden Christmas trees. The second image is a simple collection of all sizes of sapins de Noël available for sale at a florist in St. Germain des Prés.
Grapes. Is there a more French fruit than grapes? Wine and cheese. Peasant’s meals. Vineyards. Bordeaux, Chardonnay, Burgundy, Champagne… Grapes, grapes, grapes. What would France be without the grape? Its identity would be completely different and gastronomy might not be at the center of the culture like it is today. One of my favorite times to return to France (it really has just happened that way by chance many different years) is at la rentrée, at the beginning of September, just as I’ve done this year. I love the transition into Fall anywhere, but in France it’s marked with a feeling in the air that I still can’t put into words and one other very important thing… an influx of grapes at the marché. 🙂 Today’s Waterlogue commemorates this “trésor” de France and the last few days I’ve just spent enjoying fermented grapes in the Bourgogne region. 🙂
Today’s Waterlogue commemorates one thing… something I’ve been looking forward to for the last three months: I’m baaaaaaack!!! I’m so excited to return to France, especially at this time of year. How I love this season here. Look for lots more photos to come.
I have decided to quit hoarding so many photos and share more images each Waterlogue Wednesday.
Today’s first hydrangea burst comes from the garden of L’Orangerie Lanniron on the River Odet. This is a fabulous place! I am way overdue to do a whole post on it. Today’s “blue two” are from the darling town of Pont-Aven in Bretagne. I had been to Pont-Aven before, but I told R that we needed to return because I felt there was much more to explore. It was a misty and, at times, rainy afternoon, but the art galleries and vibrant colors brightened our time. The town sits on a port and has water running right through the center of it. Behind many of the shops lies a maze of bridges where hanging flower boxes invite visitors to discover the next gallery, boutique, or crêperie. No visit to Bretagne is complete without a stop in Pont-Aven.
Today’s Waterlogue is from an image not from Provence, but from the western region of Bretagne. I still dream of seeing fields and fields of lavender one of these summers in France, but this particular garden was just as satisfying with its impressive display of both lavender and hydrangeas. The bumble bees were having a heyday! We had picked up a brochure of the region somewhere along the highway and so I was directing us based on what looked most interesting… and colorful. Although this is only a small zoomed-in image of the incredible garden, I prefer to share this simple snapshot of so many consider quintessential French summertime.