Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Spend a Day in Aix-en-Provence!

Light blue shutters on yellow stucco walls.


There is something about old wooden shutters.  Real shutters.  Shutters still in every day use to block out the August heat  of the day.  I’ve got “faux” shutters on my house.  They are there just for decoration, but THESE shutters I love!

It became a theme – at every port we visited, to look at the shutters.  Some open all the way, some partially closed, some shut tightly.

And that pale blue on yellow.  Lovely!


These.  And the iron window sills. French Perfection!


These!  With dark blue blinds behind.

Those upper ones surrounded by scroll work.


These.  In the afternoon sun through our bus window.


And, oh my – THIS.

Check out the birds in the fountain:

There was SO MUCH to discover in Aix-en-Provence, from the fresh market in the square to the cathedral to the darling shops that lined the cobblestone streets. Too much for one post really, so I’m slowing the posting down and saving the church photos for another day.


Walking with Cezanne.

While “Aix” – pronounced “X” was founded in in 123 BC by the Roman consul Sextius Calvinus, who gave his name to its springs,  it was also the home of Paul Cezanne, the artist.  

Tourists can walk in C├ęzanne’s footsteps and visit the city as he experienced it… A pedestrian route marked by studs stamped with a “C” leads you from the house where the painter was born to his final resting place in Saint-Pierre cemetery. He was passionately attached to Aix and Provence, and summed his love up in a single sentence when he was away: ”When you’re born there, it’s hopeless, nothing else is good enough”.  I understand why he felt this way!


Art is still alive today on the streets of Aix!

And every turn around every corner presented me with another scene to capture with my camera.  I hope you enjoy the slide show.  Be looking for shutters and doors and windows!

I can’t believe we are saying goodbye to August 2016.  I hope yours was wonderful.  I know I will never forget mine!

Have a lovely evening, everyone!

Tomorrow....we start the Pre-Order frenzy for Addicted to Scraps, the book!

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Donna Fisher said...

Lovely. Thank you for sharing this with us. Maybe there is an extended Hunter vacation there in the future . . .

AZMaggie said...

Ok~ I have my powder blue, yellow and black fabrics pulled and ready for a new "Bonnie Hunter Design!!!" LOL! Seriously, I'll bet we see that combo in the future!!! ;-)

Thank you for sharing your photos/trip with us! So enjoy traveling the world from my computer if I can't be there with you! So glad you made it home safely!

Hugs to you, Bonnie and thank you for everything you do for the Quiltworld!

Linda H said...

Provence is my most Favorite place in France. I love it. Your pictures brought back so many happy memories. Thanks for showing them. We did more or less the same cruise as you last year but we flew in and out of Corfu, the Greek island, instead of Barcelona. We had a great time. Love the fact that you take so much of your time to show us all that you see. Thank you once again.

Jennifer Nilson said...

Beautiful photography, Bonnie. Nice doorknobs and knockers, too! Missed an opportunity on that excursion, for sure - spent that last day on the beach in Bandol.