What I Love About The World

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

9. Provence

My favourite place in the world is Provence: i'm not talking about the distasteful (dutch/german/royal) tourist ridden beaches of Cannes and St-Tropez, but instead go inland and you'll discover a beautiful, warm, rural, dusty, hay-bail ridden paradise bordered by the Alps in the east and the Rhone river to the west, which is just the most perfect place to spend a lifetime

Check out the lavender fields, the windmills (c.f Daudet), the cicadas, the cafes in Arles which van Gogh frequented before he lopped his ear off, the 1000 year old olive trees, the beautiful french/mediterranean girls, the weather which is unrelenting heat but you don't notice it because you soak it right up, there being so many pretty things to notice about the place that the heat seems condusive to all this (an essential part of one's appreciation of the region, the same way it wouldn't be the same if you went to Lapland and there was no snow). The sunlight is the most striking thing about rural Provence, I can't really explain the difference that you'll experience having lived in England all your life

Provence should appeal to everyone since if you go to the places that I am talking about, where Pagnol and Daudet, van Gogh and Gaugin, Cezanne and Matisse, chilled out for time, then you will very rarely encounter another English person (the English are not bad per se, but tend to have a habit of making me feel sad/depressed/ashamed/divorced from.. when i see them abroad). This is reason enough to move to Provence for ever and ever and ever.


At 11:18 AM, Blogger bob said...

when the clock strikes 3
and marjorie's on your lap
the lavender blooms


At 3:51 PM, Anonymous George said...

Lavender toothpaste

At 4:05 PM, Blogger bob said...

Soak up the summer toothpaste,
Lap at it's lavender scent.

Medieval houses in southern france,
You must show me your dusty beauty-love soon.


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