Elegance is a word I always think of as I walk around the streets of Aix-en-Provence. It is a city full of gorgeous architecture, many fountains and shopping galore.

Overhead on the corners of many buildings you are being watched over by saints, angels or Mary.

I love old shutters with vines growing alongside.

One of the fountains-Aix is full of them. I think this one is especially lovely.

See the little star? It’s actually made of sugar and you put it on the lip of the cup of tea or coffee and your guest can then put it into their drink. I thought it was really sweet.


I can tell that Autumn is here when I start seeing mushrooms for sale. One vendor in Aix always has a great variety.

Here’s a shot of the mushrooms lined up.

These were huge.

I thought these looked like sponges.

Some mushrooms cut up and ready to go. I usually end up buying the ordinary white mushrooms called Champignons de Paris which were actually once just grown in Paris.

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In the summer, to keep the house cooler, I close the shutters on the south side of the house most of the way, waiting until 5 PM or so before I open them. If it get really hot, I will turn on the air conditioner for a few hours. We are really happy with how fresh and cool our house stays.

The shutters partially closed with the door open but screen closed.

I love seeing those yellow flowers in the sun.

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Seen every morning in the clover down the hill from our house:

Can you see him? I don’t know why I call the rabbit a he. I’ve never seen a mate.

Not a great photo but I think you can see “his” long legs-what we would call a jack rabbit in the States, so named because they had long ears like a jack ass. He’s really huge, almost 2 feet high if you count his ears.

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A posting done and saved before I left for the States. I am sending this from beautiful Lake Placid and staying in a hotel overlooking Mirror Lake. It’s a gorgeous area. I am trying to keep up with everyone’s blogs but for some reason am unable to leave comments using my husband’s computer.

Someone had painted this mural on the side of a building in Valensole. I saw it the last time I was at the lavender festival there.

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Posts on life in France while I’m in the States. At the moment I am in Rhinebeck, New York, a delightful little town. We spent the night at the Beekman Arms, the oldest continually operating hotel in America. We made a quick trip to Rhinecliff last night to watch a spectacular sunset and have dinner at a place on the Hudson River. Perfect weather too.

The Melon Kid

I don’t know if my 3 year old grandson loves anything more than melons. He calls them canteloops and any time I talk to him on the phone he mentions them. The last time he and his family visited I had a big bowl all cut up ready to go and he started in on them immediately. The melons of Cavaillon in Provence are famous for their sweet taste and I think that’s why he always wants them when here. I’m going to have to find something else to feed him and his brothers when winter comes.