Since spring has officially sprung, it seems everywhere you turn there's another vibrant flower popping up. I've noticed several bloggers sharing snapshots from around Provence this week, and with very good reason...it's simply a beautiful time of the year here.
And while I'm a tad regretful of my winter cheese-indulgences (folks are already out in bikinis 'round these parts), it's given me a great excuse to walk along the sea to see what's blooming.
Without the summer crowds clamoring toward the coast, this might very well be the best time to visit the South of France. Calm, sunny, a tad hazy in the morning, but still perfect for an early stroll.
Of course all the lovely flower-boxes are back on the window sills, and plant & flower "fairs" (showcases) are being advertised left & right. Even though I've already blown my fleur budget, there's so many beauties I've got my eyes on. Who knew dahlias came in so many colors? Simply gorgeous!
And this spectacular creature lives right outside our guest room window. I've spent some time researching this purple-beauty but have yet to find it's English name. I'm just happy that our "backside" is no longer "bald", and while winter did find us honing our cheese & quiche-making skills, there's nothing like a burst of color & a little sunshine to really put you in touch with nature.
I'm honestly "new to nature", being quite a city girl (read: from CA to Rome & back again), but living in France has certainly brought out that side in me. Oh, and the Amalfi Coast also made me nature-crazy... & then some.
Do you have a special place that really makes you appreciate nature?