Friday, July 18, 2014

Dreaming of Provence

I dream of visiting the south of France

Let me take you on a visual tour of Provence
via Pinterest pins found here
Reading Peter Mayle books
that painted the scenes in my head
that tickled the senses
that created my dream to travel to Provence
Breathing in the French country air
Drinking and dining outdoors
Shopping of course
As they sing...sweet dreams are made of these...
 I can smell the lavender
My thoughts linger of days spent here
 Beautiful Provence 
your gardens and stone
 draw me closer to thee
 For now...I will have to settle for my Herbs of Provence pot
I bought at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris
When I get to Provence
I will have reached
my favorite destination
 in the whole wide world
*this I know*
 All images can be found here

Joining in with Anita
Castles Crowns and Cottages


  1. Oui, la Provence ressemble bien à tes belles images, j'ai eu de la chance de l'avoir visitée...A very beautiful post...
    Bisous français

  2. Ronda good afternoon!
    PROVENCE magnificent place! thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures!

    Thanks to Anita today I can enjoy your pictures and this fantastic Link Party!.
    I love your pictures, and I'm enjoying your photos and those explendido places thanks to you!

    I wish you a great weekend.
    Today I am happy to have met you, I hope you visit me

    personally selected products

  3. Chère Rhonda! You and I both are always dreaming of Provence lavender and patina grey; the worn beauty just keeps getting better throughout the ages and who can resist this simply irresistible place? Let us continue our dreams and next year, I'm actually going back to France with my students, but this time, AU NORD, then to Paris. But Provence will always be my home.

    THANK YOU FOR THIS and have fun visiting others! Anita

  4. Such breathtaking views! Thank you so much for taking me along with you to Provence.

  5. I dream with you, Rhonda. It's too long ago that I've been there. Here, the landscape is similar in some parts of the country, the architecture, unfortunately is not.
    Have a wonderful wekend :)!

  6. Loved my visit. Especially the beautiful balloon ride over the fields of lavender. Gorgeous images.

  7. Rhonda,
    lovely capture and essence of a Provence, I share a poem of my that I wrote long ago. I share on my blog but this one I've never posted ... Enjoy your dreams of Provence,
    Provence, France
    If you are looking to vacation in a magical place that is sheer romance,
    a place to fall in love with at first glance, well head to Provence France.

    Be it the lure for calm in the countryside, or attracted to the ancient towns and villages,
    during the summer months visit the Lavender fields in Sault for inspiring images.

    The emblem of France is Lavender, where the heady aromas mingle in the sunshine.
    Grown side by side, wheat fields and lavender steeped in old world tradition align.

    Golden bands of grain, along-side lavender's purple haze create colorful luminescence,
    Bees love lavender and scent their creamy and subtle sweet honey with it's essence.

    Sunflower fields border the lavender with a beautiful glow, as sunflowers symbolize the sun.
    Every summer there is a festival in Sault with lavender floats and product displays which is fun.

    There is lovely Provençal earthenware pottery, delectable macaroons I know, so much ado,
    but if your travel adventure is in fairy-tale Provence you will say "Merci Beaucoup"!

    Of course the poem belongs to me but just wanted to share with you after your lovely post.

    Sent from my iPad

  8. Isn't it wonderful to dream? I'm a dreamer too and often get told to be more real. If there are no dreams no aspirations then where is hope?
    I do keep one foot in reality but oh I do dream, yes I do!
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. I want to go and experience such beauty. We have been to France, however not to Provence. I shall dream along with you. Coming over from Anita's CCC

  10. BEAUTIFUL..........One could never have enough of that spot in FRANCE!At least you have your pot of gold to send you back down memory lane!I love ALL things FRENCH TOO............although I married an ITALIAN!
    Anita sent me through her link party........I hope you enjoy my post as well.........NOthing will get done TODAY as I am glued to the computer!!!

  11. Yes, the call of Provence! Each image brings to mind another reason to visit, another place to find. Thank you for these inspiring images of Provence.

    I have followed your blog for some time now and always enjoy your French images.


  12. Fabulous post, such a nice area to visit. I am stopping from the link party, thanks for the side trip today.

  13. love Peter Mayle books and your fabulous photos! the map is priceless and wonderful. A few years ago I was in Corsica and adored it, that's as close as I've ever been to Provence.

  14. So beautiful, I want to dine at that table on looking that amazing mirror, and of course I live in that home with the path to the door filled with lemon trees, and cypress.

    Amazing dream and all so irresistible

    Simply irresistible


    Doré .

  15. Hi Rhonda, I am visiting from Anita's.thank you for so many Provence images,I have loved the journey!

    The Arts by Karena

  16. Oh such beautiful images of Provence. I never tire of looking and dreaming of travel to distant places, this being one of my favorites. Thanks for the lovely tour today. I’ve visiting from Anita’s CCC.
    Have a great weekend.

  17. Superbe approche de la Provence ...
    Les images choisies sont magnifiques.

  18. Rhonda, love this beautiful journey to Provence and your French inspired blog! It's still on my list of places I'd like to visit and spend glad to have found you via Anita. I'm also part of her lovely party, hope you will stop by.

    xo Mary Jo

  19. Hi Rhonda!

    Oh what a magical place Provence looks to be! Thank you so much for the beautiful photos and visit:)

    Came to you from Anita's party!

  20. Oh my...your pictures are stunning! I often find myself dreaming of Provence as well and was thrilled to take a virtual escape there thanks to your gorgeous post! xoxo

  21. Bonjour Rhonda,

    Lovely to discover your blog and thanks for sharing the beautiful post.
    Having been to Provence last year and we stayed in Gordes and doing a day trip to Menerbes and seeing the village where Peter Mayle lived, it really is a place to put on your list to go and see.
    Happy Sunday

  22. oh Beautiful!Now I yearn for there too,My list keeps getting longer *sigh*,xx Rachel and Speedy

  23. Your post alone along with no others has brought Me the desire to fly away to France.The photos You choose enchanted Me.It might be the countryside that I love and not the cities.I love Your blog,went to Google connect to follow You and found I've been following You for a long while.I hope now You show up on My blog roll more often.Thank You so much for Your visit,do come back and visit with Me more often-Denise

  24. Bonjour Rhonda!
    I too wish to travel to Provence.
    After lingering on your blog, I can see that it's beauty has inspired you as you style your home and life.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful dream destination.

    Perhaps we will meet in a Lavender field en Provence in real life one day!


  25. I am lucky and happy to live in this beautiful area...

  26. Lovely post welcome on Anita's party !!!......nice to met Ria...x !

  27. Oh Provence... I dream of going there at some point. I think Peter Mayle has done more for the Provence area than anyone I know. I to am a big fan of his. These images you chose are so lovely... the best of Provence.

  28. Gorgeous post! I see many friends and fellow Francophiles have visited you! :) The images you chose here truly transport to this magical landscape, dear Rhonda. Merci!
    Have a beautiful week... :)
    - Irina

  29. Beautiful pictures, every year when summer comes I want to read the books of Peter Mayle they bring a smile on my face...
    groetjes van Marijke

  30. Provence is one of my favourite as well, Rhonda, and you have shown us so much beauty today! I was completely lost in the stunning images and thoughts of walking through those lavender fields. Thank you for a wonderful journey!

  31. Oh I adore Peter Mayle's books. Today I am sharing where I stayed in Provence. Your images make me want to go back right now!

  32. Oh, i'd LOVE to see the Lavender in bloom one day! I've been to Provence, but in spring. It is lovely in all seasons, that i can say! Thanks for your sweet visit chez moi - hope you have a super week!

  33. Ah, what delightful views...and fragrances.
    Thank you for stopping by via Anita's party.

  34. dear Rhonda + I could smell the lavender + loved your post + thank you for stopping by the blog + leaving a comment.

  35. Oui, the stuff Dreams are made of! I had to Save a couple of these Images to my Favs to Dream about often! Especially that one with the cobblestone pathway with a view to die for! *Le sigh*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  36. You have certainly chosen a popular and beautiful spot to share with us, and even though I have been to Provence several times, I really have not gotten to know it well. I hope to remedy that someday soon. That's why I could look at pics like these all night! Have you seen the film "A Good Year"? It is so much fun, and sort of a chick-flick, as well as a great travelogue. You would love it! I believe you follow Shirley on Simply-Chateau? So you are a true Francophile, from le sud to le nord!
    A bientôt,

  37. Hello Rhonda! There is something about the quality of light in Provence that is captivating. You will fall in love immediately. This is a gorgeous post. I look forward to following you. Thanks for stopping by Stylemindchic Life.
    xx, Heather

  38. Hello,dear Ronda!

    Such magnificent and always inspirational Provence.....
    Thankyou very much for take me this alazing trip:)))*
    I was last year there and should go again!
    And thankyou fro Anita's Link Party,wich makes possible to meet each other here:)*

    Greetings from Holland,

  39. Beautiful friend, chère amie.....

    THANK YOU for being a great part of this link party that truly has been and always will be a collection of unforgettable moments. So many kind gestures and words were shared, so many dreams imagined. And thank you for your comment on my photos; I am really practicing my photography with the hope that I can capture the right mood that I often feel when I use Pinterest photos!

    Warm and grateful hugs to you my friend! Anita

  40. What amazing photos of Provence. Yes, yes, I would love to go there someday. The lavender fields are calling my name. I've always dreamed of walking between a long row of planted lavender, trailing my fingers over the tops. I would do this early in the morning or late at night in the moonlight to avoid the bees.

    ; )

  41. Provence is so very special Rhonda, the photos are amazing but wait until you experience the vibe, it fills all your senses!
    Provence "sings" in many ways, the sound of cicadas and bees, laughter and chatter, the sight of fields of lavender and sunflowers everywhere.
    You really will love it.


I hope you found some inspiration today.
Rhonda of A Little Bit French