May 27, 2012

Languedoc

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I recently visited my mother in France. In the Languedoc area to be exact. Little did I know...google was going to ask me some security questions. I found out it's for security protection. I guess they can tell when you are using a foreign computer. I didn't pack my security answers. I was locked out! I visited my blogger friends but I wasn't able to leave you all a comment. I enjoyed seeing your blogs from another country. It even felt a little different. I swear it wasn't the wine or goat cheese.

It was a long trip back. But when I think of our ancestors and how it took them three or so months to get to the new world. I shut myself up and looked at the monitor in front of me.  I watched the '
Iron Lady' on the flight home.

I felt melancholy when I left France. Even if it rained most
days...I still wanted to stay longer. When I travel, I'm nudged out of comfortable sleepwalking of everyday life and presented with the opportunity to peek behind the image of our world. I do this because subconsciously it inspires me for awhile. And sometimes depending how honest and willing I am with myself...I
will learn something new.

 Southern France has an energy that feeds my soul. And feeds my
stomach. Let me be honest. The food feeds my heart. As I always say on my return....I haven't come to some grand conclusion about it, but on a personal level it always feels like I need to claim both places.

I took some photos of a typical village in Olargues, France.
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I noticed the occitan and european flag were larger than the french flags. The mairie is like the town city hall.

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Occitan symbols on iron doors


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Mom's house next to an old roman bridge

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View from bathroom window


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Mom's garden

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Olargues, France

26 comments:

  1. Bonjour Sandy. So wonderful to hear from you on my blog yesterday, and even more so to see these delightful pictures of le Languedoc. I understand how you feel when you return, and not just on account of the food! Lovely area of France, certainly. I live in Montpellier for many years (my mom's family is from there.) Too bad I never made it to Olargues. Merci pour ce voyage en France! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  2. Bonjour Veronique! =) Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Now when is it your turn to go back to France? Yes, it's not only about the food - is it?! ;) I say, too bad I still haven't made it to Montpellier!! I keep hearing what a wonderful city it is. I will some day go I'm sure...the closest I got was Beziers. =) Have a nice holiday.

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  3. I was looking forward to see your photos (and I hope you have many more to show us)!
    This is the kind of place I'd love to visit, in fact, I'd love to live in Europe again...
    Even the way you express yourself is different, have you noticed it too? Normally, I always think your words are inspiring and sensitive, but you are so poetic in this post!
    Have a good week Sandy! ;-)

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  4. Hi Lúcia! =) I wish I had more photos but it rained almost everyday when I was there. =/ They say it was spring showers. I didn't realize you lived in Europe Lúcia ?! Where? Yes, it's a different mentality there...I felt connected somehow. You're quite poetic yourself. Thank you. Maybe the fairy dust from France hasn't settled yet. I better go back each year so I can keep being poetic.lol

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    1. I "lived" in England many years ago, I mean, I spent 6 months in London (it rains a lot over there too!).
      And don't forget to "pack" everything you need next time. ;-)

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  5. Beautiful Photos Sandy! I can see why you would not want to leave--that last one takes my breath away! fresh produce and fresh bread always make my heart sing--I have never been to Europe myself--thanks for the mini trip, I enjoyed it!

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  6. Hi Teresa and thank you! =) Good to know we're on the same page when it comes to fresh produce and fresh bread! ;) I hope you get to go to Europe someday. I have a feeling your heart would sing a lot there! =)

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  7. What a wonderful tour that you gave us! It would be wonderful to visit such a town. Too bad about the weather!

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    1. Hi RedPat! =) I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. You're right. Too bad about the weather! I hope you're having nice weather in Canada.

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  8. I think the cats were keeping an eye on you. LOL

    Love all of the shots, thanks for sharing your trip. I've never been much of a foriegn traveler, I guess it's because I wouldn't remember my security questions either! :~)

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    1. haha Ron. Good point! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a blast in Vegas. It looked that way from my end. And great shots as usual. =)

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  9. These are wonderful. I love the kitty shots.

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    2. Hi Randy! Thank you! You have to love kitties, right? =)

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  10. I have never heard of Olargues but it sure looks picturesque. I love the photos with the cats. I also looked at the boulangerie patisserie with longing – ah to have a good crusty French baguette! I bought a so-called baguette here yesterday and it was as hard as wood… Thanks for coming to my blog.

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  11. Haha Vagabonde...you really made my day by saying, "hard as wood." Too funny!! I know what you're talking about. ;) Thanks for your nice words. Have a wonderful weekend.=)

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  12. What beautiful photos! I've never been to France, so it was nice taking a "photo tour"! Livie especially enjoyed the cat photos! ;) I also enjoyed seeing the pops of blue in doors and shutters.

    I wish I could've gone into that bakery for some wonderful bread. Mmmm.

    I love how picturesque your mom's house is. Well the whole place is picturesque. I can see why you wouldn't want to leave, and how hard a time it would be heading home.

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  13. Hi Sonya! I'm so glad you and Livie enjoyed the tour! Thanks for visiting. =) Sometimes in France, I get confused on what I like better...the view or the bread! ) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Thank you very much for this wonderful journey into beauty, must be ages since last enjoyed a wine from there. Thank you for the memories. Please have a good new month ahead.

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    1. Hi Robert. =) Thanks for stopping by! I tried this Syrah/Grenache wine that was super. The only problem, I forget the name! Happy new month to you!

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  15. Bonjour Saundra, Welcome back!! Your photos are beautiful... makes me want to go to France again (with you and Dori). I love all your photos but my favorites are the first (because you are in it) and the last (always love a view from the top). Thanks for sharing your life and adventure.

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  16. Bonjour Nina! How much fun was that trip to France! It has to be a top 5 for me. Thanks Nina for stopping by and leaving a comment. You're super sweet! But then again, you're always super sweet! =)

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  17. I had been wondering where you were off exploring. Lo and behold after I returned from my short adventure here is a post from a visit that you made across the waters to France!
    Your photos and commentary are top shelf! The Roman bridge by your Mom's house just sat me back when I realized how old that region was. An eye opener for me! The wonderful doors, streets, bakeries, markets, Mom's garden, the color, and the hilltop scene of Olargues built along the river, fueled my desire to take a trip to Europe to visit the smaller Villages and towns. I can certainly understand why you were not ready to leave, I could feel it in your words and I do believe you have staked a claim in France as well as the Southwest!!

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  18. Thanks Parker for feeling it! I was so not ready to go. =) It really is the old world...it looks like a film set. It's interesting to go into these ancient villages such as Olargues, and see people in their homes watching cable or on their computers. =)

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  19. I feel like you are my long-lost sibling. I think that France is a place where I was born to my vagabond parents who decided to abandon me somewhere in Russia.

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  20. It's nice to know that I found my long-lost sibling. I like how you put that. =) How are we in North America? I have to go visit Toronto someday.

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