Travel – France

Visiting the Vaucluse: Le Conservatoire des Ocres and Silvain nougat makers

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When I was a kid, my most burning desire was to own a brand new, pristine box of Colleen coloured pencil crayons. I loved their shiny hexagonal surfaces and their iconic box (reassuringly unchanged for a good 30 years I see!) – and I can credit them with teaching me the names of a couple of the more obscure colours. I could tell my burnt sienna from common or garden brown long before I had any idea that sienna was a natural iron oxide pigment.

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Visiting the Vaucluse: La Maison de la Truffe et du Vin, Menerbes

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  If somebody were to ask me what driving in Provence is like I would answer as follows: Picture the rigid grid of Manhattan, near-completely flat and 99% in a neat grid pattern wuth dead-straight streets meeting each other at right-angled intersections.  Now put all thoughts of that pattern out of your mind and think […]

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Visiting the Vaucluse: Coustellet market

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  It is a fact that some parts of this little planet of ours just seem easier to love than others, and on the list of places to love the south of France must rank pretty much up there with the best. To be fair, what’s not to like? The blue waters of the Mediterranean; […]

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Saturday Snapshots #202

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TerraVentoux vineyards, Provence – June 2012  

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Saturday Snapshots #199

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  Keeping an eye on the time – Musee d’Orsay, Paris June 2012

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Asparagus a la Flamande and a stroll through Rue Grenelle market in Paris

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  When I was about six years old, my late half-sister Lucille moved to France. After completing her language studies in South Africa, she went to do an Honours course in Aix-en-Provence, fell in love, got married and never moved back to South Africa.  At the time, South Africans did not really do that sort […]

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Saturday Snapshots #186

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Me and my shadow – Chatel, France

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