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Three weeks in Southern France - what an adventure!

It was late last year when my mum rang up

and declared that she and John,
were all booked in
for a six week stay
alongside the River Gardon.

Six weeks in France! Provence in Spring!

Well, I was green with envy!
But I listened and smiled
and said the right things
and hoped that my mum would believe me.

She told me the apartment was perched on a hill

in a quaint little town near Uzès;
it had views of the river,
its own swimming pool…
and an extra room… for the guests!!

It didn’t take long to convince me to come -

I was thrilled when work gave me ‘the nod’,
I ordered the travel books,
studied the maps
and organised Banjo (my dog).

Magdalena instructed me on basic French phrases;

Jenny loaned me “A Year in Provence”
and on May 27th
the adventure began:
three whole weeks in the South part of France!

We explored our small town and then further afield;

I photographed mountains and valleys;
we ate fruit and veg
bought at roadside stalls –
fresh asparagus, strawb’ries and cherries!

Castles and bridges, vineyards and farms,

Roman arenas and theatres and ruins;
snow-capped mountains and waterfalls,
moss-covered trees,
wildflowers and churches and rivers…

The croissants were delicious, the wine was the same,

the cheese made a lasting impression(!!)
I loved the Pastis,
avoided “foie gras”;
ev’ry dish was a small slice of heaven!

I can’t say my French is vastly improved,

but I’ve mastered a few simple phrases:
“je voudrais,” “s’il vous plaît,”
and “merci beaucoup”
seemed to help put a smile on French faces.

The warm days were sunny, the tourists were few

and the three weeks flew by in an instant!
On Friday I left and
I’m now back at home..
the memories already seem distant :(

What a magical trip! One I’ll never forget,

and if ever your Lucky Break finds you,
Provence in the Spring
might be just the thing
to de-stress and relax and unwind you!

Thank you so much, Mum and John, for the best holiday I’ve ever had – it was way beyond what I was hoping for!!!

And I also have a wee bit of news… Firstly, I’m thrilled that I just received my letter informing me that I have first-level honours from the Federation of International Photographic Art (FIAP) which means that if I was so inclined, I could put the letters AFIAP after my name :) :) :)

I’m also thrilled to let you all know that I received my results from the Epson International Photographic Pano Awards… It was the first year I’ve entered (thanks heaps to both Philip Johnson and Joel Durbridge who encouraged me to enter!!) and I received one Silver Award and five Bronze Awards!
My photo The Pinnacles achieved 17th place in the Amateur Nature category and my photo Perth City Skyline achieved 22nd place in the Amateur Built Environment category I’m so thrilled!


The Pinnacles (Panorama)
by Mieke Boynton



Perth City Skyline
by Mieke Boynton

The other Bronze awards went to:
Amsterdam
A Kimberley Moon
Edging Closer
The View from Dog Rocks

So that’s my news!
I’m looking forward on catch up with everyone’s work and with what’s been going on over the past three weeks!

Comments

  • Husky
    Huskyover 2 years ago

    Great story and well done on the “letters” haha Mieke!!!

  • :) :) :)
    Thanks, Dale!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 2 years ago

    well! how wonderful!

  • It WAS wonderful!!! Thanks, Soxy :)
    Mum and John and I had such a wonderful time together – I figured out that the last time I spent three whole weeks with my mum, I was fourteen! :(

    – Mieke Boynton

  • John Conway
    John Conwayover 2 years ago

    well, if those pix are a taste of what’s to come, I can hardly wait… wonderful light and colour, now get cracking on those images :)

  • :) :) :) Yes sir!!
    Thanks heaps, John ;)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldover 2 years ago

    That’s all wonderful news (and beautifully told too) Mieke, it’s great to hear that you had such a wonderful time and congrats on all the awards too :) The bubble has been closed while you were away and now that you’re back it will hopefully be reopened ;) Welcome back.

  • Ha ha ha ha ha!!
    :) :) :)
    Thanks, Matt! It was weird to be disconnected for three weeks, that’s for sure!!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Thea T
    Thea Tover 2 years ago

    Sounds divine!!!!….Beautiful images too, can’t wait to see more :)

  • Thank you, Thea!! I took 1500 photos… so hopefully there are a few more you like in there!! :) :) :) It was such a beautiful time of the year to be there. Some of the waterfalls were just gorgeous. Anyway, thanks again!!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanover 2 years ago

    Congrats on your wonderful holiday Mieke. I look forward to seeing some more of your photos on RB. Did you take many? ;-)

  • Thanks, Bryan!! I took 1500 (and I deleted a lot as I went along)… at 36MP per photo, I had to try to be conservative, but it was just too hard!!! It was so beautiful!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 2 years ago

    Wonderful news,wonderful images and wonderful to have you back safe and sound Mieke,also congratulation on your AFIAP which is not easy to come by.

  • :) :) :)
    Thanks HEAPS, Hans! I am really happy to get the letters – it was ‘down to the wire’… I was waiting on results from one more country and it came through just in the nick of time! Thanks again… and I hope Gretel is fully recovered by now!! :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Graeme Buckland
    Graeme Bucklandover 2 years ago

    Well Mieke, that looks amazing, now I can say we are of to France and Italy for 3 months we fly out on the 18th August, i will have to show my wife what we can look forward to.

  • Safe travels, Graeme, and I hope there aren’t too many tourists around! Hope you manage to book in to Les Loriots- it’s a FANTASTIC place to stay if you can find a vacancy!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 2 years ago

    Wow!!! I’m out of breath reading all this, what an adventure and such wonderful images to bring back with the memories. Congratulations also on your FIAP awards, well done girl….. :o)x

  • Tee hee hee – thanks, Josie!!! Lol! Glad you like the photos so far… there are lots more to come!!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Peter Hammer
    Peter Hammerover 2 years ago

    Good to hear that you had such a wonderful holiday Mieke and I am jealous :-). Very nice images and congrats on the awards and FIAP honours.

  • Thanks heaps, Peter!! (Sorry for the delay – still getting over my jetlag and somehow missed your comment!!!)

    – Mieke Boynton