Tuesday, May 31, 2011
|A kaleidoscope of colors at the Aix-en-Provence|
flower market. April 2011.
After spending nine days in Paris in April, I looked forward to a week in the village of Aix-en-Provence. Aix is a convenient base for accessing the surrounding area—the Provence countryside and Luberon villages, the Mediterranean coast, the western French Riviera and the Camargue—no more than a two hour drive in any direction.
One of the most famous and popular markets in the region of Provence takes place in the lovely village of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. A river literally runs through the picturesque village.
My first full day in Provence was a Sunday and perfectly timed for the not-to-be-missed market day in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue! I saw the antique stalls, the spices, the fabrics, the flowers and everything else at the market.
|Sunday market day in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Provence, France.|
Vendor stalls line both sides of the river. April 2011.
After spending the morning browsing the market and enjoying lunch of chilled wine, fresh veggies, cheese and strawberries, it was time to take to the winding country roads. Driving past vineyards and rolling hills there were many choices for the rest of the day, but I opted to visit the villages of Bonnieux and Goult.
These two Luberon villages were sleepy and practically empty on that Sunday afternoon. Wandering the cobblestoned streets, climbing rocky and precarious steps for vistas, it was a perfect day for getting lost in the maze of village houses. I could hear the laughter and attempt to eavesdrop on the French conversations among the locals as I passed the cafes.
Later in the week, I visited the bustling markets, in particular the flower market, in my "home village" of Aix-en-Provence. It was after the flower market that I learned a valuable lesson. I visited the flower market in the morning, then walked to a nearby cafe for a leisurely lunch indoors, out of the rain.
After lunch, the sun was out and as I walked through the Place de l'Hôtel de ville again, the flower vendors were gone and the square had taken on a whole new vibe. Cafes and conversations. Strolling couples, families and friends.
When the market packs up at the end of the day, the ambiance is entirely different. I've blindly traveled for years without stopping to appreciate this remarkable transformation.
|Aix-en-Provence flower market on a rainy April morning.|
|A few hours later, the market is gone|
and the same square is a cafe scene.
Aix-en-Provence. April 2011.
While the market was extraordinary, I am left with a feeling that perhaps I missed something even more extraordinary.
|Words and photos by Freda Cameron, Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel. All company or product or patented names mentioned are registered trademarks, copyrights, or patents owned by those respective companies or persons.|
Three very different yet very stunning Homes..
I hope all of you enjoyed the Memorial Day Holiday.. I know I did.. I needed the time off and I simply let go and had a great time all weekend.. I even forgot to post my blogs yesterday which is very unlike me.. Miami was a madhouse as usual with Ebony week on Miami Beach and other smaller gatherings during the weekend. Ft Lauderdale had the annual White festivals, which is also attended by thousands and sees not only many visitors, but many tourist dollars come into the city during the weekend long event.
As I mentioned in my opening following is three examples of very different homes in very different settings, yet they are all stunning and great examples of modern, contemporary homes in very different parts of the world..
Enjoy the pictures..
Here are the modern and fantastic solar house design ideas overlooking to mount Olympus in Nikaia Greece. Modern home in all its aspects, particularly when it comes to interior design.this house design by Christina Zerva Architects. this residence houses state of the art furniture and decorative elements which manage to captivate and astonish. the house consists of two cubic forms, a living and a sleeping area, connected by glass bridge. steel constructions form the skeleton of the object wrapped by prefabricated organic block that act as perfect insulation during warm summers and cold winters typical for this region. interactions of geometrical shapes, huge volumes and transparent surfaces that offer a great view. the floor-to-ceiling height in the main object is 7 meter, with the supporting structure that consists of a steel skeleton reinforced by diagonal element staying visible. photovoltaic solar panel hidden in the roof top provide sustainable electricity for any use. recycled and second hand material have been used for the building, the interior and the exterior is entirely illuminated with led modules, with low energy consumption. we chose steel because of its advantages over concrete. it is light and very strong. the transportation and site handling are easier. components are produced in factory conditions, ensuring accuracy and quality. the main advantage of steel is that it withstands unfavorable weather conditions as well as earthquakes.