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Paris to Provence: A Virtual Tour with Floral Touches

I invite you to accompany me on a virtual tour as we stroll around Paris, then travel South to Provence. We begin with an obligatory visit to Ladurée .. the unparalleled pâtisserie. Floral touches on the windows, sweet!

Ladurée! Paris © Alice Joyce

Ladurée! Paris © Alice Joyce

The magnificent Musée d’Orsay provides a sterling view across the rooftops to Sacré-Cœur, high atop Montmartre. Due to the time of year I found the outdoor balcony closed, resorting to a photograph through the glass window. Ah well, life is so much about timing! Noteworthy:  The d’Orsay museum’s Café Campana, its fabulous Art Nouveau style ~ a comforting space to enjoy a delicious meal and carafe of wine, which we took advantage of after a long journey into the city.

Sacré-Cœur from the Musée d'Orsay

Sacré-Cœur from the Musée d’Orsay © Alice Joyce

Despite the overcast skies, the Tuileries gardens are a must-see, offering delightful displays and  charming ambiance year-round.

Tuileries roses © Alice Joyce

Jardin des Tuileries © Alice Joyce

I had the opportunity for the first time to stay in the 12th arrondissement area, where I needed only to walk out the front door of my B&B to find a stairway to the elevated gardens of La Promenade Plantée .. the lush green walkway planted on an old Parisien railway line. These innovative public gardens which opened in 1993 surely inspired  New York’s High Line.

Promenade Plantée Paris  © Alice Joyce

Promenade Plantée Paris © Alice Joyce

The fine morning took in a long amble. While identifying many familiar species of plants, jet lag set in, so I located a bench with a good excuse for people-watching.

On now via the high-speed TGV to Avignon, the heart of Provence.

Au Tout Petit © Alice Joyce

Au Tout Petit © Alice Joyce

Merci ~ my thank you to Chef Silvère Vivien for a blissfully satisfying meal at Au Tout Petit. The ‘eye-catching’ graphic design signaled the creative attention to the restaurant’s every aspect, from the inviting atmosphere to delectable cuisine. I’ll be returning to this Avignon foodie haven.

Touring included a few nights in Le Duché d’Uzès ... in the Gard region of Provence.

Uzes Wall Poster © Alice Joyce

Uzès Wall Poster © Alice Joyce

On Wednesday mornings within the walls of the Medieval castle, a perfectly temperate day presents an opportunity for a picnic. Uzès, like many Provençal cities, boasts brilliant markets. A sampling of artisanal cheeses comprised one element of our meal. Once again, the floral touch beautifies the bounty.

French Cheeses Marché Uzès © Alice Joyce

Provence is know for fragrant lavender products.

Uzès Lavender © Alice Joyce

Uzès Lavender © Alice Joyce

Upcoming on Alice’s Garden Travel Buzz .. Rosé Wine Tasting in Provence ~ pure pleasure!

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