We made port in Toulon, France yesterday morning.
I first visited France about 6 years ago on a trip to Paris and the surrounding areas, but to find myself in the famous south of France, the area that inspired artists like Cezanne was a dream come true.
It was also a “short” tour day, meaning we had to be back on ship by 3:30pm so that we could reach Barcelona this morning meant that we chose an easy walking tour around the charming town of Aix-en-Provence to soak up a bit of the flavor of this area of Provence.
This is also just a teaser post as we are in port in Barcelona and getting ready to disembark! More when I return home.
I love the shops!
The hand painted signs advertising who they are and what they do.
Boulangerie! Complete with yummy smells!
The “House of Soap from Marseilles”
And yes, soap is going home with me!
All kinds of yumminess here too!
And this one!
I am so in love with blue shutters on yellow!
Some have asked if I have found quilt shops on my way. I’m not even looking. Fabric in Europe is VERY expensive, shops are few and far between, and when you find them, you find fabric we have at home at greatly inflated prices. It’s not worth it. If I were to stumble upon one, I’d go in, but I’m not searching them out because there are OTHER things I would rather see when I am on a trip like this. Things of history, things of culture, things of every day life as in this photo:
A bit of street life!
I think this is my favorite photo of all, this gentleman on the sidewalk, painting his passion into a lovely rendition of the buildings across the way. I was fascinated just watching him choosing colors, dabbing a bit here, shading a bit there. This really made me smile.
More photos of Aix-en-Provence to come when I reach real wifi.
Right now it’s time for a bite of breakfast, and heading to the airport. I’ll be reaching home about midnight North Carolina time which is 6am Barcelona time. Acckkkkk! But it was worth it, so very worth it!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage Album Quilt circa 1880 ….found on my journeys somewhere! (But not on this trip)
I’ll catch you when I return home. Have a great Tuesday, everyone!