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Friday, July 25, 2014

Strolling Thru Saint-Rémy

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a lovely town. It is filled with quaint little shops, delicious restaurants and small winding streets.

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It is located just a few miles south of Avignon with the Alpilles mountain range to the north.

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Here you will find buildings that are centuries old and feature shutters in perfect postcard paint shades.

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As always, look up as even the upper street corners may be embellished.

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Saint Rémy was the birthplace of Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame) a 16th century apothecary who became famous for his 1555 published prophecies “Les Propheties”. He has been credited with predicting many major world events.

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There is a fountain on the street which claims his birthplace.

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As with most European cities, towns and villages there are numerous fountains. I was not sure if this fountain featured a dragon, fish or perhaps a dragon fish?

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We loved exploring all the small shops.

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At Joel Durand’s shop the famed patissier was in the process of making rose flavored chocolates. They were delicious!

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We enjoyed a late lunch at a sidewalk café. I am still dreaming about this delicious summer salad which featured tomatoes, avocado, local cheese and olives. Yum!

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My cousin introduced me to my new favorite drink. A refreshing grapefruit and tonic water beverage that is sadly not sold stateside. I’ve been trying to recreate it at home.

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As always we encountered truly charming people.

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There are many other sites to see in Saint Rémy:

For those that love art you can follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. Between 1889-1890 he was treated at the psychiatric center at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole (Saint Paul Monastery), a beautiful Franciscan convent.

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There are markers all over the city that show you the perspective of Van Gogh when he created various paintings of the area. I did not see all 21 sites…after all I had to leave something for my next trip! :)

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On the outskirts of Saint Rémy is Glanum, a fortified Roman city that began in 27 B.C. and was abandoned in 260 A.D. It is known for two well-preserved Roman monuments~ France’s oldest triumphal arch and the Mausoleum of the Julii.

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I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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Next week we’ll be seeing even more of Provence!

Laura

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12 comments :

Auntie Em said...

Thank you for the guided tour. So many things to see. When you realize the age of all the beautiful art work and craftsmanship it's amazing. So thankful that not everything was destroyed by war and by the passing of time.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I am so loving this series, you took some really fabulous pictures and you have such a great way of telling all the stories of the area. Love it. I feel like I was there.

Cranberry Morning said...

Amazing!! I could spend a few months drinking it all in. What a beautiful place. Look forward to more Provence!

Lorrie said...

I did enjoy the tour, very much. The lunch looks delicious, and the town a wonderful place to wander through history.

lnb said...

I always really enjoy the smaller towns or villages when traveling compared to the big city. Beautiful images!

Debharris723@comcast.net said...

How wonderful! That was a great guided tour I found your site from a link party with your seashell art. I loved the seashell art & want to make them. I like your site even more after looking around. I attempted to subscribe by email but it said that email was not enabled. I would like to subscribe if possible. Thanks

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Your photos are fabulous! I love them all, and in such great detail. The yellow tables and chairs in the first shot are darling. Nostradamus and Van Gogh ~ how cool to learn about them and walk the streets where they were so many years ago. You look great in the photo!
xo Kathleen

Bonnie said...

I did enjoy your tour very much. We based out of St. Rèmy for three days but would have loved one entire day to explore the shops. Most of our time there was spent perusing the market, eating and sleeping. Funny, we looked, forever, for the statue of Nostradamus thinking it was in the center of a square and walked past it there was so much to see. We felt stupid when we found it. Our brains were on overload. You do a great job of mixing all the charm of travel with the history and culture of the area. Great pics. I will be pinning.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What a great tour! I love the small towns and villages more than the big cities and this one looks just wonderful!

the cape on the corner said...

gorgeous. love the tiny streets, so charming.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Absolutely stunning!!! Really love all the small towns and streets, just gorgeous!

Poppy said...

Charming and colourful, the streets of St. Remy are little portraits of French country prettiness! Thank you for the wonderful tour, the lovely photos and your interesting narrative; it truly made me feel quite present in the earthy luxury this magical place possesses. Off now to explore your beautiful blog!

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Poppy