1 This is the view from Bonnieux, in the Luberon, where we rented a tiny village house.
2 Part of the celebratory meal was an enormous 55-lbs dindon (male turkey). It fed 40 hungry Frenchmen.
3 And, of course, a hungry dog
4 The place settings were simple and spectacular - a single allium flower.
5 Happy 90th Birthday!
6 We took a hike to a nearby cave, which is sometimes used as shelter by goat herders.
7 We also went to Roussillon, a village famous for its beautiful ochres, used for pigments. The curiously shaped rock formations range in colors from white to orange to red rocks and are extraordinary.
8 The kids loved visiting the mines.
9 The platanes (plane trees), at this friend’s old and charming farmhouse, are older than the French and American revolutions.
10 The farmhouse is surrounded by fragrant lavender fields.
11 This was taken in the tiny village of Viens, where everybody seems to have a knack for artful details.
12 We came across a black cat on the aptly named Rue du Chat Noir.
13 These ancient bories (stone houses) have been a refuge for many people, over many generations, from bad weather to religious persecution.
14 The kids in front of the 10th Century Sénanque Abbe, a lovely medieval Cistercian abbey and one of the best places to see Provence's famed lavender fields.
15 One of the ceilings of the abbey was slightly damaged in an earthquake.
16 The big Sunday market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Fruits…
17 … Garlic (a staple of Mediterranean cuisine)…
18 …Herbs and spices…
19 … lavender bunches and artichoke flowers.
20 Platanes on a both side of the road - a beloved and majestic Provençal sight.
21 In this part of France, there are colors everywhere!
22 The Pont du Gard is an aqueduct built by the Romans in the 1st Century. The bridge has three rows of arches and it once carried an estimated 44 million gallons of water a day to the fountains, baths, and homes of the people of Nîmes.
23 The gorgeous village of Les Baux, which is very touristy during the day, but was all for us at sunset.
24 The ruins of the ancient castle overlooking the village of Les Baux.
25 The incredible view from Les Baux with a great deal of olive and cypress trees.
26 A colorful shop in Les Baux
27 And a wonderful candy store - an all-time favorite of the kids
28 Bundles of incredible fruits confits (candied fruit)
29 The enormous platanes at Cucuron, surrounding the basin - There was a very lively village festival that night.
30 A girl and a puppy having fun bathed in magical light!