La Louve

La Louve
La Louve...Garden of the She-Wolf, Bonnieux, France. La Louve is a private French contemporary garden, open to the public, in the town of Bonnieux in the Vaucluse Department of France. It was created beginning in 1986 by Nicole de Vésian, textile designer for the Paris fashion house of Hermès. It is classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.

2/25/11

The Pantheon in Paris and the musee de Cluny

When I travel to Provence, I like to fly direct to Paris and then take the TVG south. There's no way in the world I would consider going to France and not visiting Paris! On an earlier trip, I stayed in the Latin Quarter at the Hotel St. Jacques on rue des Ecoles which is situated just down the hill from the Pantheon. From the outside, the building looks almost ordinary, but inside...oh, my! The interior has undergone a complete restoration and is now looking it's glorious self. I urge you to make a point of visiting the Latin Quarter, if for no other reason but to tour these incredibly beautiful interiors. And then, while you're there, walk a few blocks to the musee de Cluny to see the world-reknown tapestries. Make it a morning visit and then enjoy lunch in a near-by bistro or cafe. The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre will keep!
35, rue des Ecoles 75005 Paris
Tel +33 (0) 1 44 07 45 45


View of the Pantheon from the rue des Ecoles with Hotel Saint-Jacques on the left.

Across the rue des Ecoles from my hotel room
Scale model of the Pantheon


In the central domed hall of the Pantheon...a monument celebrating Napoleon's triumphant return to Paris

In the central hall, Fourcault's Pendulum
When you leave the Pantheon, enjoy a leasurely cafe au lait nearby and then stroll over to the musee de Cluny. Because the tapestries are so fragile, the lighting is kept very low. Therefore, some of the photographs are very muted, but I think they illustrate the beauty of these exceptional textiles. There are dozens on exhibit, so be prepared to spend an hour or two lost in the Middle Ages!

The entrance to the museum
Most of the tapestries illustrate the daily lives of both aristocrats and commoners
Isn't she beautiful!
Lady of the Unicorns

A small portion from the "Retable de la Passion". 14th century bois polychrome
*All photos above taken by author with the exception of the last two.

2/23/11

Views of Provence ....

Well, you didn't think we just shopped, did you? Here are a few scenes of beautiful Provence.

The glorious sunflowers of Provence

A river runs under it...under the village of L'Isle-sur-la- Sorgue, that is.


 Private homes in Bonnieux

Antique shop in Bonnieux
Church in Bonnieux
Dovecote at a 19th century chateau, undergoing repair
Lagoon at Chateau Constantine
Our private patio at a Bastide outside Carpentras
Hotel de Ville, Chateauneuf du Pape