From City Girl to Country Girl...

I arrived VIRTUALLY in the Provence region of France on Friday afternoon. I have always want to visit this area since reading all of Peter Mayle's books... so I decided to board a train heading south... I know you probably all thought I was driving down in that great blue sports car... but noooo... that was just my ride to the train station... much better than a taxi... anyway... the train ride down was nice and the weather when I pulled into the station was lovely warm with a bit of rain... I went to rent a car to drive around... but then I saw this car... it was screaming take me and it had keys in it... sooooooo... here I drive in this FAB PINK sportscar...Driving around from village to village looking at this glorious part of the country...

I was scouting cafes to paint... and admiring architecture... I have snapped some fab photos (via The Most Beautiful Country Towns of Provence)

After a long day I settled in for the night in this very welcoming Bed and Breakfast (via Victoria magazine September 2001) with BLUE decor... On Saturday I met the lovely Vicki Archer, author of My French Life... I pick her up in my PINK car and we pop over for lunch and laughs at Bistro d' Eygalieres (photos via Victoria magazine September 2002) eating some yummy food and drinking great wine for VIRTUALLY hours... Vicki was a delight... you must visitor her blog and get to know her...

She told me about The Palais des Papes a historical palace in Avignon, southern France, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. It sounded like a must see... sooooo Sunday I visited this beautiful palace... Look at the amazing paintings... to see them up close... visit HERE

After our tour we enjoyed a FAB Easter brunch with some adorable ducks... I do hope everyone had a lovely Easter...

andddddd I hope you ENJOYED my Monday Metamorphosis... From exciting city life to country life... with touches of BLUE too... You can see more Metamorphosis Monday posts over at Susan's and Blue Monday posts at Smiling Sal's !!!

Tuesday... I will bring your more adventures from the Sud de la France in my stolen PINK car with the help of Miss Kris!

Wednesday... Laura of Under the Sheet-Shhh will be back with some Outdoor shots and memories of Paris with Amelie!

Thursday... Royal Luncheon at Versailles... put on your best frocks along with Miss Kris!

Friday... A FASHIONABLE tour of designer Chantal Thomass' apartment with PINK decor for all you Pink Saturday participants!


To see my paintings inspired by Peter Mayle's " A Good Year"... visit HERE... frameable notecards are still available... email me!

36 comments:

Mama said...

Superb Fifi, from the stolen pink sports car to the majestic palaces to the easter brunch with the ducks and what an exciting week to look forward to, Kathy.

I am giving away a copy of Bouchon cookbook if you don't already have one pop by and enter.

Frau said...

Beautiful I wish I was there right now!

Eleanor said...

What a fantastic tour through Provence! I am also a great fan of Peter Mayle but have never been to Provence - it is on my wish list. I have had several trips to Paris - another one coming up in June. It was a treat to find your blog today through Smiling Sal's Blue Monday.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Fifi,

A Year in Provence ~ I loved that book and I so wanted to be there!
The train ride would be great and I hope that you have the greatest time there and please tell us all about it.

Hugs
Carolyn

Ps. I wish I was there!

niartist said...

You know I love your artwork, right? I am just loving the duck in tucked behind the tablecloth in your easter brunch painting - beautiful!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Fifi,
Sounds like a fantabulous time! I would LOVE to go to Provence someday. Happy Blue Monday!

Blessings,
Sandi

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What a Fab weekend. The Bed and Breafast sounded wonderful. I have always wanted to see the South Of France, after reading about the Impressionists who painted there because of the light. A delightful virtual visit. Love the paintings.

Smilingsal said...

You have the best virtual vacations! Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Shelia said...

Oh Darling Fifiness! What a weekend! How chic of you to be wearing your driving gloves in your stolen pink cars! I do hope the authorities are not on to you! Oh, disaster! Our Fifiness in jail! Now there's a little picture to paint!
Hope you have a wonderful Easter! Keep the magic coming! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Wow, now I feel refreshed. Thank you.

Happy Blue Monday.

Barb

nikkicrumpet said...

I love our trips to beautiful places...and Dining with ducks...what a charming painting! Have a wonderful day!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Oh my! Fifi...what is the fine for pink car thievery in France??? will I have to mortgage my castle should you get caught? Or do you still know that fine young Inspector? Will he get you off should you not be able to avoid being detected?!

You really must be careful...it is not so inspiring to paint from jail! Please DO be careful!

You have created yet another wonderful adventure for us to enjoy...merci!

Mrs. Petrie said...

I need to plan myself a virtual vacation! Tres bien!!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

...what a beautiful post...what a wonderful imagination you have...

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Bonjour Fifi!
A pink sports car in Provence, What could be better? The bed and breakfast looks dreamy and meeting up with friends, even better. Love your paintings and the photos you've shared during your visit!
A la prochaine!
xo~Tracie

Petunia said...

Dear Fifi:

You stole the best car in town! I hope the police chased you a bit but then saw it was you and let you go. Maybe when you get back you can steal another one?

I did not get out of the City as so may fun things to do with Rauoul came up but...I got your missive and we will meet for lunch upon your return! There is SO much for you to know!

Sincerely,
Petunia who thinks white driving gloves are FAB!

claudie said...

Oh Fifi
The Pink car...yes my style, and please go fast fast. I love speed. I loved our stop and the B&B.
A great end to a great Easter Weekend.
Thanks FIfi
Love Claudie
xoo

Char said...

Provence is one of my dream destinations....when the lavender is blooming.

Brillante Home Decor said...

How chic to drive the car with those beautiful gloves!
Thanks for the ride.

Tracey said...

Fifi,
Did you steal that pink car from a Mary Kay saleswoman? LOL
Tracey

Callie Grayson said...

just tagged you on my blog:)

Valerie said...

Cute post and beautiful pics! Don't you just love Victoria magazine?!!! Some serious beauty photographed between the pages!

Blessings to you from the Heartland,
Valerie

Southern Rose said...

Provence is one of my favorite regions of France - I loved Avignon. I grew up on the Florida Gulf Coast so always have to check out the beach wherever I visit. I only made it to Stes Maries de la Mer, but what a great little town!

www.southernrose.wordpress.com

TRES BELLE said...

Bonjour Madam Fifi,

Sounds like you had a delightful drive to Provence and what a wonderful day to take the sportscar out...er hummm er I hope you didn't REALLY steal the car???

Your luncheon date sounded like great fun.

Kris

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful post, Fifi!

Renee Finberg said...

wild girl !!!

well, you certainly had a fun filled easter.

and certainly sounds like a heck of a lot more fun ( and adventure ), than i had in boring
boca raton.

xxx

Ms. Tee said...

So pretty, Fifi! I love table with the scrolly chairs. :) Hope you had a wonderful Easter! (I'm off to catch up on everything I missed while I was away)

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Ahh, the country life sounds SO amazing, esp. the bed & breakfast, sigh! Thank you for another lovely journey!

Jeanie said...

What a time! I loved the Peter Mayle books, too -- I'll check out your paintings!

Tracey said...

Hi Fifi,
Thought you might like my post today :)
Tracey

Renae said...

Miss Fifi,
Thanks so much for showing me Provence...I have never been but would love to bicycle there! Love the pink car and the oh so fashionable white "driving" gloves. I just love the architecture.
Can't wait to "see" you!
Blessings...

from the right bank said...

Thanks for the virtual trip to one of my favorite parts of France. (Isn't it everybody's) I l really ove both your pink car and that outdoor cafe scene.

abeachcottage said...

hey fifi

wonderful pics

I very much enjoyed my virtual trip to france

Sarah

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Wow, you are a busy lady! Cute post...the green eyed monster said!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Clearly I need to add The Palais des Papes to my long and growing list of places to visit! Thanks for taking me along on your visit. :-)

Jared said...

You get around! I went from City Gay Boy to Country Gay Boy when I ended up settling with my partner in rural New Zealand. We've lived in Chicago and Tokyo and now we live in paradise. I blog about it on 'Moon Over Martinborough' here: http://martinborough.wordpress.com/

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