We hadn’t really taken a vacation that wasn’t somehow related to business since we purchased the farm in 2007. We love our lives on the farm & with our Beekman 1802 Team, so it’s not like we ever really dread going to “work” every day.
But last year when our friend Angela, who was the director of
The Fabulous Beekman Boys, announced that she was getting married in Paris this spring, we couldn’t wait to Repondez S’il Vous Plait. And then earlier this year Josh’s 91-year-old Uncle Arthur, who lives in the South of France, fell ill and needed to be moved into a full time care facility. We decided to make one longer trip to help his uncle and celebrate with Angela.
In the spirit of old time vacation slide-shows with neighbors, (do you remember dreading those as children?) we thought we’d share a few pictures from our visit….
We’ve gotten pretty good about packing light. We’re wearing the same backpacks we wore on The Amazing Race.
We decided that rather than staying in a hotel in Provence, we would try AirBnB. Star choice. We found a great apartment right in the village of Arles. The owner, Danielle, lived right upstairs, and her restaurant and shopping recommendations were invaluable.
The little street of our Apartment
Artists have flocked to Provence for centuries because of the quality of the natural light.
Rose for lunch. Rose for dinner. Rose for…well, just one breakfast. Okay…two.
Brent and I decided that we were getting a little too dependent on our iPhone cameras for memories, so we brought sketch pads with us. We did “5 minute” sketches all over Arles.
There’s just something about the light!
The hotel in Arles where Arthur and Bob used to take Josh to lunch.
More beautiful colors.
Makes you want to sit for hours, doesn’t it.
A cafe on one of Arles main plazas.
We got our croissants here every morning. It was open every day until they sold out.
The owner of the butcher shop complimented Josh on his french!
Bread and pastries are sold in different bakeries in France. Boulangeries are for breads, Patisseries are for croissants and sweet pastries.
Even the graffiti is cool in France.
We’re the kind of weirdos who like to visit cemeteries in foreign countries. But there’s a lot of interesting history and design in how we all honor our deceased.
These two trees straddled an alley in the cemetery. They could have grown straight up…but for some reason they reached out towards another.
Part of the amazing Roman Arena in Arles.
Even the rain looks like a postcard in Provence.
A Provencal potter drying out his wares.
Every corner is a pathway.
An impromptu lunch after shopping our favorite markets.
A Farm-to-Table grocer in Arles
Josh’s late Uncle Bob taught us to eat radishes with butter & salt.
The Arles farmers market is famous. It’s huge, and takes place every Saturday morning.
This interesting looking cheese is the result of pressing red pepper, basil & plain curds together in one wheel.
Josh. Lost in translation.
Our one “fancy” dinner at L’Atelier de Jean Luc-Rabanel
Josh with his Uncle Arthur.
Oh look. A soap store. with “1802” in its name. Hmmm….
Looking through a millstone while visiting an olive grove in Mausanne. We were researching some things for our new American grown olive oils launching in Target this summer.
The olive farm.
A “window” in an old Arle ruin.
We missed Önder terribly. French dogs just don’t have the same je ne sai quoi.
The Pont des Lions (Bridge of Lions) that crosses the Rhone River in Arles was destroyed by bombs in World War II. But both banks of the river are marked by the lions that once “guarded” the entrance of the bridge.
Guarding a bridge to nowhere.
The fields of Arle that lured Van Gogh.
Even the smallest bridges in Arles were impressive.
On to Paris…The IM Pei pyramid that serves as the entrance to the Louvre was turned into a temporary art piece by the French artist “JR.” He adhered a giant decal to the front side of the pyramid that was a photo of the entrance of the Louvre palace. From a distance, it looked like the pyramid wasn’t there.
A glass “cattail” on the Pont Alexandre III.
More bridge detail.
Sometimes the Eiffel Tower just sneaks up on you.
The temporary carousel near the Obelisk on the Champs Elysee offers a never-before-seen perspective on the city.
The new carousel.
The Luxembourg Gardens
A roses-only flower shop
Someone’s home. Maybe we should ring the bell.
We love clever public installations. This one is by the Sacre-Coeur
The Centre Pompidou. Hard to believe that this was the “hottest new architecture” when Josh first visited in High School.
A Parisian lion.
The agony of a Parisian sunset.
From the carousel.
The wedding dinner table.
The beautiful couple, Angela & Allen