I've wanted to go to France since the day my roommate back in college, handed me this delicious little book - A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle - and insisted that I read it.
I read it straight, in one night, and fell irrevocably in love.
I imagined myself in this quaint village in the South of France. Meeting the locals (like the eccentric butcher), going to it's cafes (Cafe Gaby, at the center of the village square, was my favorite!) and walking through its beautiful lavender fields.
I decided right there and then, that I'd have to go here one day. For real. It went STRAIGHT to the top my bucket list!
Finally last year, in the summer of 2016 - it happened..
We decided our destination for the year was going to be France. We'd go to Paris, Provence & Nice. I was chief planner & scheduled a cool 5 day stay in Lourmarin...the French village of my dreams!
During our 13-day trip through France, I experienced so many different things, it's hard to put it all into words. It was like an art, design, nature.... LIFE awakening for me.
From the style and charm of Paris to the quaint picturesque villages of Provence to the flirty little coastal city of Nice - I was blown away!
Paris and Provence left a HUGE impression on me.
Paris was full of art & design inspiration. Provence set me free!
Paris filled me to the brim with an appreciation for Van Gogh & Monet. Provence took me to their source of inspiration - NATURE.
Paris left me stunned with the beautiful product packaging and window displays we saw there. Provence showed me THE. REAL. THING. - aromatic lavender and roses that literally melted my heart!
Paris had my heart. But with Provence I felt a soul-connect.
This one trip taught me so much about nature, art, design, product packaging, gifting, fashion, presentation & great service. I took a ton of pictures & made lots of notes!
A few specific things left a huge impact on me. I thought I'd break it down and give you a fun, visual insight into them (with lots of pretty pictures!).
In this post, I'll share with you,
1. beautiful window displays that had me do a double take!
2. some exquisite products & packaging
beautiful window displays
As we walked through the streets of Paris, we'd see one striking display after another. I noticed that my favorite ones were not the extravagant ones. But the ones that created a feeling of delight with simple elements.
Take a look at this display for Roger & Gallet's Rose perfume. It's a feminine, floral fantasy - the bottles perched amidst a field of pink rose pompons. It was gor-jus! and made me walk right into the store.