Best Travel Quotes

Espresso on the beach. Calanques de Cassis.

Espresso on the beach.
Calanques de Cassis.

  Grab a cup and have a read.

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
Lao Tzu

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Ernest Hemingway

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”


Chez Ladurée. Paris airport.

Chez Ladurée. Paris airport.

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
G.K. Chesterton

“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson’s Essays

Let me know which quote feels the most inspiring to you… and which one I forgot and should include.

Here is one quote that rings strongly for me and will be the subject of another blog post… A suivre

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

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Map Provence Alpes Cote D'Azur.

Map Provence Alpes Cote D’Azur.

French markets in Provence

Who has’nt dreamed of visiting the french markets of Provence… ?

Next best thing to being there is following me in the videos while I walk through, listen to the music, talk to people, have lunch, drink a coffee. In brief, while I do what people do in French markets.

  • Friday market in Pertuis which brings a big crowd from villages around and vendors as far as the Alps.
  • Saturday market in Lourmarin with unexpected music and a great lunch.
  • The morning market in Aix en Provence where you can sit and have breakfast, watching the brouhaha (love this word).
  • Aix flower market in front of city hall- Place de la Mairie- Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, one of my favorites. When I was living in the Alps and spring was too late in my opinion, I would drive south to Aix just to be in the flower market and sit at a terrace again.
  • In the Gulf of St Tropez, the small village and market of Ramatuelle, early morning with coffee- a bit of lesson in ordering coffee- and a visit of the charming village. So many flowers and the scent is incredible, lots of jasmine.
  • Saturday market in Aix en Provence, the old town is blocked for car circulation and streets are full of people and vendors. Starting at city hall with flowers, all the way to the Cours Mirabeau. Everything from food of course- we are in France after all- clothes, antiques, soap…. and my favorite vendor with all his colorful handmade goods from Essaouira in Morocco.
French Markets. Aix en Provence

French Markets. Aix en Provence

Breaking French literary news (to know more click on link below)

Camus letter to Sartre reveals their early friendship

Albert Camus Nobel Prize, bought an old Magnanerie (silk farming place) in Lourmarin with his check from Sweden. In part because the area reminded him of his native Algeria. He died there in a car accident in 1960 but still reside in the village cemetery.

French Rosé Wine and a Calanque near Bandol.

Nothing better than a glass of cold rosé sitting at a small restaurant, watching the Mediterranee. If you go to Calanque de Port d’Alon ,by the road from Bandol or by a walk along the rocky coast, you will enjoy the same fate. One of the best rewarding walk and very romantic too, that we enjoyed with my husband on the Mediterranean coast. The next best thing to being there is Google Earth, have fun with it click on view larger map and zoom in… explore the area and click on the little guy to place him exactly where you want to go , magic.

Coastal walk to Port d'Alon

Coastal walk to Port d’Alon

A true rosé is dry with fresh fruit flavors and sometimes citrus, in Provence it is a blend of Syrah and Grenache and also Mourvedre, Cinsault, Carignan… The wonderful pink color comes from the skin of red grapes left in contact with macerating juices long enough to give it a color more or less intense.

To know more about the art of making rosé, listen to Alan Wilson, owner of Saint Estève de Néri at the foot of the Luberon. (Due to a strong Mistral that day and a poor quality microphone, the sound outside is not good:)

More fun with the soundtrack “Mediterranée” by Tino Rossi -very famous 50’s crooner from Corsica images from the movie “Marius” by Marcel Pagnol a very dear son of Provence, born in Aubagne and lived his life writing and filming about his region.

Very soon a page with recommended books and movies about Provence…

French news. Paris manual on How to treat tourists !!!

Paris Plage 2013. Medhi Chebil for France 24.

Paris Plage 2013. Medhi Chebil for France 24.

Paris, the most visited city in the world, and my birth place, does not have the best reputation for treating tourists very well….until now.

The city just launched a manual aimed at people working in the tourism industry.

A small 13-page guide, called “Do You Speak Touriste?” provides information on tourists’ expectations according to their nationalities.

The English, for example, like “Smiling, friendly staff, a warm welcome, and a playful dimension to cultural attractions” while the Americans expect “to be taken care of quickly, and a mastery of English.”

The manual also includes notes on how to say basic phrases like hello, thank you and goodbye in several languages

To read the full article and watch a video, click on France 24

Driving in Marseille.

Today we are going to Marseille in 2013 European Capital of Culture.

Exciting city with a very diverse population of different refugees from countries all around the Mediterrenean.

A little bit of history about Marseille

1,6 million people living together in and around Massalia founded by greeks 2600 years ago.
The city has always been a crossroad for all kind of minorities. In the 18th century half of its population was not from Marseille but from Italy (Genoa and Piedmont), Spain (Catalogna) and Greece. Russians in 1917, Armenians in 1915 and 1923, Spanish in 1936, Algerians and Tunisians between the two wars, Pieds noirs in 1962 (french persons living in Algeria), Africans (Comorians 50,000 in 1999).
Marseille is a vibrant city looking towards the sea, a rebel that became part of France only in the 15th century. A city
where the great architect Le Corbusier chose to do its experiment of communal living and where today you can find a modern art museum Le MOMA  on top of that same building.

Driving in Marseille can be fun if you follow my advices about driving in France and you will find them in my soon to be published travel guide book  My 10 best Zen backroads of Provence.

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Private Provence Tours. Marseille Port

Marseille Port

Private Provence Tours. Marseille Port

Marseille Port

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French markets. Aix en Provence

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