Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Last Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

I've been zigging and zagging around France these last couple of weeks and thought I'd share a few photos. All of these places I've been before, but each was so beautiful and a the trips were lovely way to end the summer travel season.

I went camping....yes camping. This is camping like I've never done before and I'll write more about it later. Suffice it to say that it wasn't the wild, private camping I'm used to, although we did have a tent! But take note of the roof of the house just over the hedge. bear here! But the view of the Iles de Hyères made it well worth the lack of wildlife and privacy. And the sea was silky and warm.

The village of Cavalaire sur Mer is situated on the south side of the Presqu'îsle de St. Tropez and only 5 miles from the village of St. Tropez. Of course, a visit to the village is obligatory where we watched yacht after yacht, each larger and more glam than the other, make their way into do whatever it is they do in St. Tropez. I guess to be gawked I and these other poor sods were doing at the House of Chanel-St. Tropez.

A little touring in the Var region...which is absolutely beautiful by the way. So green and mountainous...not at all the terrain we have here near Aix en Provence.

We discovered the medieval village of Grimaud after following a few mountain roads that scared the bejeezuz out of me. For some reason I really like this photo.

This one not so much. Remind me not to wear that dress again! My hips look larger than the village of St. Tropez which you can see behind me from the ruins of Chateau Grimaud. Horizontal stripes...what was I thinking???

The camping trip was immediately followed by a quick trip to the Haute-Savoie region of France and a pop into Switzerland.

If you've never visited Yvoire, France which sits on the south end of Lac Lemond (Lake Geneva), put it on your list. It's enchanting.

As is the village of Annecy.

And now I'm settled back into the mansion in Aix en Provence and the month of visitors begins....starting tomorrow. There isn't much to do...except defrost my freezer. I'm doing this because my girls and I are going to NEED ice cubes....and because Keith, over at A Taste of Garlic, hasn't stopped razzing me about it's previous sorry state. Keith, we'll drink a cold one...or two... for you!



  1. Looks like you had a good time Delana, are you going to continue and come up for the M&O show in Paris again this year?

  2. Love these pics Delana. I've wanted to go to Annecy for ages: my daughter did a home stay there and loved it.
    See you very soon!

  3. What gorgeous photos and thanks so much for sharing this trip with us. Diane

  4. Delana

    What, you mean you haven't defrosted your freezer compartment yet!

    There used to be a word for women like you!

    In fact, my Mum used to warn me about women like you!

    She used to say... "If things are going well with a girl and you want to know more about her, check out her freezer compartment. If it's neat and clean, she's probably a keeper; if it's all frosted up, she's a h****t!"

    All the best


    P.S. I really think you ought to clean it out NOW and then post some photos here as proof!

  5. Lovely pics...I'm showing them to some of my neighbours and they love them...also it shows them that there is more to France than the Eiffel Tower.

  6. Delana. I'm so happy to be back with you. These photos are gorgeous. I can't believe the Chanel st tropez 'house'.
    And what I think about your striped dress is that you looked stunning. Tan and gorgeous. I've missed you this summer! A xo

  7. Beautiful, Delana! I definitely need to go there some time. You look great!

  8. Very nice pictures, it seems like you had a wonderful time.
    I like you in that dress, it is the kind of summery dress that lets your skin breath in the heat and we know that when we wear it our hips might seem larger but THEY AREN'T!

  9. I think you look marvelous in the dress. And you certainly have zigged and zagged around the countryside.

    Enjoy September!

  10. Looks like the perfect way to spend a couple of weeks!

  11. I think you look terrific in that dress too. It's all light and airy, just what you need in the heat.

    Love the photos of your travels. Don't you just love being able to 'pop over the border' into Switzerland (or Italy, or Spain etc)? As a Brit, I find that incredible.

  12. Ahh. Living in a fairytale. I love the photos and don't think the dress is a mistake, just the way you are standing makes it look wonky. Thanks for taking me on a little vacation.

  13. Love reading about your travels, and dream of being somewhere in France one day very soon. Enjoy your company!

  14. Great photos of beautiful spots. Next time you are in Yvoire wave, or better yet, stop by. I live directly across the lake!

  15. Beautiful photographs. I've enjoyed your travels around France. This is a lovely time to travel there. Hope to get back there for a visit soon.

    The French Hutch

  16. Your posts never fail to induce a smile! I so enjoy seeing your photos and pretending I'm there with you at all these charming/exotic/exciting/peaceful places.

    Thank you!

    (I know how you feel about the dress...after I saw the pics of our vacation to Hilton Head this year, I decreed that all photos of me in one particular dress (read 'bag') be cropped to the bustline, and promptly donated it to GoodWill!)

  17. Aw, I just got a recharge of the south of France by looking at these magnificent photos--thanks for sharing! I'm with the others, you might to modify your lens prescription if you think that dress makes you look hippy! I love is certainly something you couldn't wear right now in Amsterdam. Another reason to be jealous.


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