We're probably all pretty jealous of Patty Clark's trip, but at least she could share a bit of her journey with us.
"Greetings from the Yakima Valley in WA! I recently returned from a Backroads Tour of Provence. I hope everyone enjoys my photographs of beautiful 'Window Gardens.'"
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Thanks for sharing the wide range of window gardens you observed on your trip, Patty. They look good, but I have often wondered whether watering such gardens can result in damage to some buildings over time (especially wooden structures/window frames etc.). Cheers
Patty: thanks for sharing the photos of your trip. When I travel, I am fascinated by windows and doors, and take numerous photos. The age of the buildings in Europe show off plants in window boxes very well. Awesome.
The last one is my favorite! Thanks for sharing!
Oooh-la-la! Tell us more about your tour group...readers may want to go next year! Diane
Diane, Backroads Touring is a UK company that specializes in scenic backroads versus freeway travel in a travel-van. Their tours are leisurely paced and the accommodations are small and charming located in villages versus a large hotel in a big city. My Provence trip included an incredible lunch in a Cote du Rhone vineyard with the winemaker's family.
I love the Bougainvillia!!! I want that growing up the side of my house! Patty, would you recommend the tour you were on?
YES, Rhonda, I would definitely recommend this tour! I like traveling with a small group rather than on a big bus. I actually took a morning side trip with my daughter (on the Driver's free day) to Roussilion where I saw beautiful sunflower and lavender fields. The Bougainville, lavender, and sunflower fields were perfect the end of June!
My goodness....talk about Old World charm...I feel transported back to another time. Makes me think of the phrase "if walls could talk". Beautiful and evocative pictures, Patty. Did your trip include bicycling? Some years back, my daughter did some brochure writing for Backroads and, at that time, they specialized in the bicycling aspect of trips.
I have taken Backtoads VAN tours where you are driven around by a very knowledgable person and stay at quaint places.
Wonderful photos from what appears to have been an awesome trip. I am always so excited to see how folks will garden in some fashion by any means necessary in any amount of space, or lack thereof. Thank you for sharing.
Beautiful! Beautiful! So happy for you to be able to see all of this and thanks so much for sharing with us! They know how to live simple and beautiful over there.
Great to hear from you on the blog, Patty! Looks like it was a great trip. So charming and great photos. Plants just make any place a bit warmer and welcoming. Like Lily, the last photo really grabs me. I want to stay there, wake up in the morning and walk out that front door to see the stones and plants. What a treat.
When I got up this morning, I had no idea I was going to be taking a little trip to Provence, thanks Patty! I've often wondered why window boxes and doors in Europe often reach out and grab us with their charm more than their counterparts in the states. I think your photos tell the story for me... it's those gorgeous walls as background! History just oozes out of those beautiful old stones and they provide the perfect backdrop for the flowers!
Patty, your photos really capture the old world beauty and charm of Europe. I could almost feel myself walking down those cobbled streets, sipping wonderful espresso and eating croissants. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
Is plant theft that big of a problem in France?
I was just in Old World Europe for the first time a few weeks ago and when I looked at your photos it made me think of Venice and Mykonos, where we would randomly round a corner and the loveliest scene would await. Darn, after reading "A year in Provence" and seeing your photos, I'm going to need to go there too!
Thank you for the tour Patty. I haven't been to Provence but have visited Brittany and Paris. We go to Paris and the Loire Valley this month so I can revisit places and discover new treasures,too. I love window boxes and have several on my own house and I used the ones seen in Paris and England as inspiration. The secret is to stuff them very full with plants that cascade - actually the old rule of thriller,spiller, filler works a treat! More is better!
Eddie, Have a wonderful trip. I would love to see your window boxes!??
Eddi, make sure you have brunch in Paris at the Le Chalet Des Iles, located on a lake at a park where locals go!
Wow! How beautiful!!I can only imagine what a treat it must have been to see all of those "window gardens" in Provence. Thanks for sharing!
So fun! Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to be there...
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