Apr 242017
 

Even though the Chateau was closed for renovations (seemingly indefinitely), it was still nice wandering around this small town in Provence, France. I took this photo, carefully framing it to avoid the cars parked in front of the clocktower. Then I turned and walked into an artist’s gallery just behind me. The first thing I saw was a painting of the same scene with almost an identical composition.

clocktower in ansouis provence quaint medieval french village

Apr 222017
 

It was a fairly long walk from Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare up and down along the Italian coastline. When I arrived the first thing I did was sit down in a small cafe above this beach to enjoy parma ham and cantaloupe with a big bottle of water. It was while eating there that I discovered that wasps are attracted to ham. This would be confirmed a couple days later as I tucked into the same lunch in a different location.

the beach at monterosso al mare with church and castle on hill and blue and wihte umbrellas and lounger chairs and bathers

Apr 162017
 

During my stay in Aix-en-Provence I went on a drive to number of small villages nearby. I stopped in this village, which has a chateau at the top of the hill. Unfortunately, the Chateau was closed for renovations but I still enjoyed wandering around the town.

quaint french house with green shutters in chateau d'ansoius in provence france

Apr 092017
 

This is taken on the main drag through the small medieval town of Lourmarin. It’s a pretty sleepy place despite the tourist hordes descending upon the town. Cafes and restaurants like the one pictured here adorn the whole street.

friends strolling through lourmain provence france main street while couples dine and relax at streetside cafes

Apr 052017
 

Here’s another view of the Vernazza harbour in the Cinque Terre. I think I’m going to have to go back there. I want to spend a few more dinners in the restaurant on the main square.

vernazza harbour with boats and azure water quaint italian fishing village

Apr 012017
 

There’s a little cave off the main (only) road that runs through Vernazza. If you walk through it, you end up on this rugged little beach. After a bit of research, I discovered that this beach didn’t exist until 2011 when the landslides the devastated the region created it. This beach was the only sign I could see that the landslides had occurred at all.

vernazza beach caused by landslide colourful houses on top of cliff and ocean

Mar 212017
 

I took a lot of photos from the same spot on my first evening in Manarola. I was feeling pretty lazy and spent the evening on my hotel balcony. This was one of the last, just before it got too dark to keep taking pictures.

manarola at night with lights one view from la toretta hotel

 

Mar 192017
 

It’s  a steep climb up from Manarola on the path to Corniglia. Once you’re up on top though, it’s a fairly flat walk until you get just above Corniglia and start your descent. About half way down, I got this view of my destination.

corniglia with ocean in background cinque terre italy