Pictured behind me is Gordes, one of the most beautiful towns in the Luberon region of Provence. Its white and grey stone houses and buildings rise up from the greenery, much like something out of the Game of Thrones – or so my hubby tells me??
Walking around the town and having lunch in the square is definitely worthwhile but arguably the best views at Gordes are not from within Gordes itself. We were lucky enough to have a beautiful A5 Cabriolet to drive around Provence in, and found this great lookout just 2 minutes down the road out towards the Abbaye de Senanque.
We then continued on, driving around the hills of Gordes in our convertible. I normally don’t like driving with the roof down, I mean who would pay extra just to have the wind blowing in your face and messing up your hair?? But my hubby was the one in charge of driving and convinced me to get the convertible. And I must say, driving around in summer in the south of France with the rolling hills made for a pretty convincing argument. It was heaps of fun – even worth the boofy hair that I received as a result!
- H&M khaki collarless top
- Zara shorts
- Isabel Marant sneakers
- Balenciaga bag
- Celine sunglasses
- H&M necklace
The next stop for our honeymoon was Provence in the south of France. We hired a car and made our way to Avignon where we we based ourselves for the next 5 nights. One of the things we wanted to do in Provence was to visit all the different surrounding villages. Rousillion was one of them.
It is hard to do justice to the unique splendour of Roussillon. It is located on a ridge with steep red cliffs, and it is as if everything around the village except the village itself has been clawed away and eroded over the years. The whole village is made up of different shades of reds, yellows, oranges and pinks that merge into one as you wander around its spiralling streets. It is also probably true when they say there is not a single house in Rousillion that has the same color as another. The colour is drawn from the palette of the old ochre quarry as Roussillon’s ochre quarry was one of the most significant ochre deposits in the world.
I wore my new Maje Ariane Crepe top for the first time and teamed it with my black Zara shorts for a feminine yet casual and relaxed look. The Charlotte Olympia kitty flats are also thrown in to add some cheekyness to the outfit. The Celine trio is probably the best little summer travel bag ever. It is so light in weight but actually fits quite a fair bit. It goes with almost any outfit you throw on and can be transformed into a clutch for a dinner outfit at night.
Annecy is one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in the whole of the French/Swiss alpine region. The landscape is serene, painted by the vivid blue, green and white colors of the clear water, forests and snow.
My hubby and I took a drive across the border from Geneva to visit this wonderful town, often referred to as the ‘Venice’ of France owing to its similar canal architecture. Highly recommend anyone who is in the area to pay it a visit. It truly is gorgeous.
The city is planned for cycling, roller-blading, walking for miles along paths following streams. You can also take a boat cruise around Lake Annecy and witness all its beauty. There are also many delicious restaurants along the canals and interesting medieval towns to explore.
I’m giving my Isabel Marant Barbie a real work out and it is proving to be one of my best purchases ever. It is so comfortable and is great for walking on cobble stone streets as the soles are so cushiony. I’ve also worn them in the rain and they are still in one piece!
Bonjour everyone! A big hello from Pareeee! Whenever I see the Eiffel tower it always brings back memories of my first visit to Paris during my uni days with my runners and backpack. I was crowding with all the other tourists pushing and shoving in the lifts to get up the Eiffel tower like a wide-eyed crazy tourist who hadn’t seen the world. I remembered how amazing the views were from above and how beautiful the tower stood, in perfect geometrical harmony with the rest of the city streets. Every time I visit Paris I make a visit to the Eiffel tower for a photo stop and this trip was no exception.
For those of you who have watched ‘Midnight in Paris’ by Woody Allen you will remember the infamously captivating opening scene. It is this achingly beautiful scene that has brought me back to Paris for the third time.
Paris is a city that I will never grow tired of, and this conversation between Adriana and Gil from the movie sums up why:
Adriana: I can never decide whether Paris is more beautiful by day or by night.
Gil: No, you can’t, you couldn’t pick one. I mean I can give you a checkmate argument for each side. You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights, I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe.