Travels – Provence

Hello everyone .

We are well and truly into Winter here and I am finally (its only six months later) sorting my photos from our trip to Europe late last year. I am actually enjoying looking back and reliving the memories from all the wonderful places we visited.

I have decided to cherry pick some of my favourites and share them on the blog for anyone interested. Continuing on from my last travel post I will start with Provence.

We stayed for four nights in the picturesque village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence , which was recommended by friends who had stayed there a few years ago. It turned out to be a great choice with so much to explore both in the village and its surrounds. We stayed at Residence Melody , self-contained apartments on the outskirts of the village, which I would highly recommend, it is family run and everyone was friendly and helpful.

The centre of the town is relatively small but delightful with its pretty squares and alley ways with a variety of shops , cafes and restaurants. We enjoyed a celebratory lunch for John’s birthday in a restaurant on the square in the first photo.

I was very taken with this wall in the village with its collection of pots and plants and of course the Noir et Blanc sign.

My travel wardrobe was based around a base of black and white , in this case old Moyuru spot pants and black and white striped jumper from Sarah Puccinni .

Saint-Remy-de -Provence is associated with Vincent Van Gogh as the artist found great inspiration here after he admitted himself to the Saint Paul asylum from May 1889 to May 1890 . During most of his stay he was confined to the grounds of the asylum , but this didn’t prevent him from painting close to 150 works inspired by the light , hills, buildings and flowers he saw.

We followed the route from the Tourist Office which is marked by reproductions of Van Gogh’s paintings, one of which John is studying here.

Inside the asylum was rather moving seeing the two small rooms where he would have lived and painted , where he also found some peace and tranquility  . Inside the asylum there was also information on what treatment was available for mental illness at the time .

Another shot showing a reproduction painting at the asylum.

You can imagine Van Gogh and the other patients hopefully finding some peace in these gardens.

We also enjoyed a drive to the city of Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which we both enjoyed. The centre of the city is still medieval in character with narrow , winding streets weaving between ancient buildings .

We stumbled across these wonderfully decorated houses as we explored the town , I loved all the pots and the silhouette as well as the pretty pale blue door and window frames.

The Arles Amphitheatre is a two-tiered amphitheatre that today is used to host outdoor events, concerts races and is still used for bullfighting. Unfortunately, we had run out of time to visit.

Looking back at these photos reminded me how warm it was on that day , about 30c if memory serves me correctly . I am wearing Rundholz pants and a sleeveless white tee.

To be honest I have forgotten where I took this one (I think its Saint Remy) but it’s too cute to exclude.

Joining Gail at Is This Mutton for Wow on Wednesday.

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  1. June 12, 2024 / 9:48 am

    These are lovely photos of Provence – love also the way you co-ordinated your wardrobe to be just black and white which of course are your colours. My colour of the summer has to be orange but I do love black and white.

    The plight of people with mental health problems before modern day medicines and treatments was dire. I nursed in a psychiatric hospital on the cusp of modern treatments and at one of my exams was asked a very strange question from an older psychiatrist about heat treatment for schizophrenia – I mean what?! But this looked as though it was a humane place.

    Love the pots and flowers and artefacts set around the houses. Great post, Jill

    • grownupglamour
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      June 16, 2024 / 3:05 am

      Thank you so very much Penny , better late than never with my travel post. I did find the black and white worked well for the first part of the trip.
      I can only just imagine how mental health patients have been treated in the past and the sad outcomes for so many.
      Yes , the pretty pots and bits and pieces appealed to me .

  2. Claire
    June 12, 2024 / 2:19 pm

    Hi Jill, love your blog and the travel photos. My husband and I and a friend traveled to Provence many years ago and stayed in a town house in St Saturnin les Apt for 3 weeks to paint the lovely scenery, relax, feast on the fabulous French food and enjoy our surroundings. Many, many ferile cats if I remember well. We traveled to St Remy, Arles, La Coste, Apt and Avignon. What a lovely time. Your photos bring back such wonderful memories…. Thanks so much. Your inspiring fashions are also much admired and appreciated. Thanks. Claire, from way across the pond!

    • grownupglamour
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      June 16, 2024 / 2:56 am

      Thank you so very much Claire , so pleased you enjoyed my Provence post. Your previous trip sounds just wonderful , its so picturesque and the light is just lovely perfect for painting . All the best from cold, grey Tasmania.

  3. June 12, 2024 / 8:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing your trip! It’s been a while since we have been to Provence! I am thinking maybe on our next trip to Europe (hoping for 2026) we can split our time between Spain and a few days in Provence.
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    • grownupglamour
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      June 16, 2024 / 2:52 am

      Thank you Mirielle, it was my pleasure to share some of my Provence travels , albeit a tad late. Your 2026 trip sounds wonderful.

  4. Nancy Brantley
    June 13, 2024 / 12:43 am

    Thanks for sharing your pictures. You look great in both outfits.

    • grownupglamour
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      June 16, 2024 / 2:50 am

      Thak you so very much Nancy.

  5. June 13, 2024 / 3:39 am

    Oh, Jill! These photos are exquisite. I have wanted to visit Provence since reading A Year in Provence. And, now, I really want to go, but alas! I don’t speak French. I suppose it would be quite the immersive experience, though. Perhaps one day. I loved the view down an alley(?) with the trellis overhead. But, honestly, all of these photos are gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing them!

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    • grownupglamour
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      June 16, 2024 / 2:49 am

      Thank you so very much Marsha , glad you enjoyed my Provence photos. This was my first time there and thoroughly enjoyed it . I really wouldn’t let your lack of French hold you back as my French is very basic. Hope you do make it one day Marsha.

  6. June 13, 2024 / 4:00 pm

    I did my FIRST REPORT in 5th grade on Vincent Van Gogh!I remember the BEDROOM from books I studied to write my report!
    France is STUNNING!I doubt I will ever get there again but I have had a few trips to think back on!
    Thanks for sharing!
    XXX

    • grownupglamour
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      June 16, 2024 / 2:43 am

      My pleasure to share Provence pictures Elizabeth. So interesting that you did a school project on Van Gogh , the visit to the asylum was interesting if not rather sad. I agree France is stunning , not sure if I will ever return either.

  7. June 15, 2024 / 6:46 am

    Thank you for sharing, Jill. Beautiful, inspiring photos, I plan to visit Provence one day.
    Love,
    Elizabeth.

    • grownupglamour
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      June 16, 2024 / 2:39 am

      Thank you Elizabeth , I do hope you get to Provence one day , it is just lovely. xx

  8. June 15, 2024 / 8:08 am

    What absolutely gorgeous photos, Jill. Provence looks exactly how I imagined – I’ve driven through France and had a couple of weekends in Paris but never spent time in the south. Those faded facades, crumbling brickwork and peeling shutters make my heart sing.
    Jon’s uncle has an old townhouse house in the Languedoc region that he’s not used for years – he’s suggested we take advantage of it – I really ought to take jim up on it!
    Your travel outfits are wonderful! xxx

    • grownupglamour
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      June 16, 2024 / 2:38 am

      Thank you so much Vix glad you enjoyed my rather late trip photos. I am surprised you have never spent much time in France as its so close. I do think you and Jon should take his uncle up on his offer .

  9. July 2, 2024 / 6:28 am

    I loved following along on your holiday, Jill. After you mentioning Van Gogh, I’m interested in learning more about him now. X

    • grownupglamour
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      July 3, 2024 / 6:38 am

      Thank you so much Jess , glad you enjoyed my Provence post. Van Gogh was so very talented by sadly plagued by mental illness.

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