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South of France Dreaming

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Its easy to fall in love with the South of France when you are taken care of like I was at La Bruyle. While staying in the South I was able to explore the neighbors a bit while taking a walk down the gravel roads. I know the roses are much higher now than during my visit and the garden is full with berries. So many reasons to go back!

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La Bruyle – my stay in the South of France

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Once I arrive in Paris its tough to get me to leave. Completely understandable given what a great city it is. I was invited to the South of France to a bed and breakfast by my friend Olivier and the owners of La Bruyle. A little four hours on the train south I had no idea what to expect but the towns we stopped in were more adorable than the next as we approached Saint – Michael de Bannieres Pascale greeted Olivier and me at the train station and immediately felt at ease with my host. Just a short ride away from the train station we arrived at La Bruyle.

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I was given an adorable pink room on the top floor a stunning view.

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Every room in La Bruyle has a theme and color with attention to detail like non other.

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I am a city girl there is no doubt but staying here I absolutely fell in love with the country simple life. Fresh air, long walks on gravel roads, and the roses growing everywhere made it just heavenly.

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Pascale and her partner Franck met in Paris and had the dream of opening up a bed and breakfast together. It took a while of searching for just the right place before they could make that dream a reality. Franck and Pascale toured La Bruyle and didn’t make an offer right away. It was not until Franck told Pascale he had news about the house that made Pascale believe it was sold and her heart sank. The news was actually that the price had been lowered and immediately she knew that it was their house. It took six years from purchasing it to creating it into what it is now. Every detail in the house was though out carefully. It was truly a labor of love and well worth it. The warmth of the house and the sweet demeanor of Franck and Pascale really make La Bruyle a little slice of heaven in the south.

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One of my favorite memories of my stay at La Bruyle was coming down the wooden staircase into the main dining room. Pascale is an incredible cook and the smells from the kitchen would hit you as you came down the stairs. Jazz music or Nora Jones played in the background as the warm sunshine danced on the tiles. Meals ranged from lamb with thyme and honey and potatoes au gratin, truffle salted butter/toast, asparagus and cheese quiche, homemade yogurt and confiture from Pascales garden. My mouth is watering as type.

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The closest town had a market where we picked up a few things for meals including the most amazing strawberries. Pascale paired them with fresh whipped cream for dessert.

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Pascale and Franck did a wonderful job about educating me about the region that La Bruyle is in. Rocamadour is a type of french goat cheese made in the region. Just a few doors down we visited the farm and the goats to pick up some cheese. The cheese course may just be my favorite part of the French meal. Walnuts are grown all over the region as well so Franck makes a delicious liquor with walnuts and we ate them along with our cheese course. This is true farm to table living in the south of France.

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Breakfast at La Bruyle was pretty special to me. When Pascale brought out the breakfast it included fresh farm eggs, bread and homemade confiture (fruit from her garden) and homemade French yogurt. My eyes lit up as I saw the glass jars of yogurt. I added a little apricot confiture and savored every bite. The eggs were soft boiled and Franck taught me the proper way to cut and dip my toast into the egg. If you think it can’t get any better it actual did by dining in the garden.

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Franck and Pascale look forward to welcoming you to La Bruyle. I know personally I can’t wait to go back. If you visit in the summer months you can take advantage of the beautiful pool overlooking the countryside. What is not to love about this place?

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Photography in Pantone

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If you haven’t heard the new Pantone color for 2013 is Monaco Blue. Here is a look through pictures at the new color, which is already a favorite of mine!

Paris, France

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France in Canary Yellow

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What does the color canary yellow make you think of? I think of vacation beaches and the color just makes me happy. Its found all over the South of France and in Paris. Take a journey through France with Canary Yellow

The Beach in Cannes, France

Citron of Nice in Southern France

Yellow Cafe Chairs in Southern France

The colors of Southern France

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Its been almost a year ago since my trip to Southern France and I can’t wait to go back. The city of Provence just a quick bus ride from Marseille is filled with fountains and beautiful soft colors. Its a must see. Grab lunch in the main square and get lost on the streets. You won’t be disappointed.

Under the White Umbrella

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Last Sunday I traveled to Napa California to do a little wine tasting and enjoy the beautiful vineyards. I sat under this large white umbrella and had a beautiful view I wanted to share. But the great thing about this photograph is that you don’t know where I am if I didn’t tell you. For all you know I could be sipping champagne in France…

Purple Artichokes in the South of France

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I fell in love with Nice, France when I stumbled across the Old City. It was filled with colorful buildings and tiny alleys. In the main center of the Old City was a market filled with fresh vegetables and fruits along with soaps and spices. A chef and photographers dream! I wondered looking at all the colorful produce. These purple artichokes caught my eye. They make great kitchen art too!

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