Belle Provence Travels

A South of France Blog

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, I hope it’s warm and sunny in your corner of the world, because for us… spring is on!  We went from thunderstorms last week (even a hailstorm last Thursday) to summer-like temperatures and clear, blue skies. And man, it’s really nice.

Spring greens at the Sanary-sur-Mer market.

And the change in people’s moods is pretty great too. We were at the Sanary-sur-Mer market last Wednesday – the first hot day of the week – and folks were just itching to change from their winter wares to beach-club attire.

Out came the shorts, flip-flops, T-shirts, etc… and one lady selling goat cheeses got a good ribbing from her neighbor for wearing what was clearly a bikini top under her cover-up. “On est à la plage?” Are we at the beach? said the man next to her selling fruit & veg. But who could blame her. South-of-France natives are used to the sun and the nice weather that’s made this region so famous.

Enjoying café life at the Bar des Sports, Sanary-sur-Mer.

Grumbly French folks are no longer so grumbly and are taking full advantage of spring. The cafés are full of life, local gardens are blooming, and everyone seems to be outdoors – biking, skating, trekking, or enjoying a simple “promenade”.

Strawberries at the Toulon daily market.

And goodness, if spring isn’t one of the prettiest times of year in Provence. From the markets, to the mountains, beaches, and fields of wildflowers that line the roads, there’s something to marvel at every day.

Eggplants in Toulon.

I hope you enjoy these photos of springtime in Provence and wishing you a very bon weekend!

Iris flowers from our own garden.

10 thoughts on “Signs of spring in Provence… (a photo post)

  1. David Peterson says:

    Thanks for the pictures, they are beautiful. reminds me of our trips to Provence

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tuula says:

      Many thanks David. Provence is a beautiful place… as you have seen on your travels! Wishing you a great day from the south of France, Tuula


  2. Patty says:

    Your posts are so very special – and I love all of your photos. I’m so hoping to return to Provence soon. Your posts inspire me to do it rather than think about it. Being a senior and traveling alone gives me pause, but I’m to getting any younger – so really should just GO!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tuula says:

      That’s so kind of you Patty, so happy your like the post and photos! I hope you get to return to Provence soon… it really is so lovely, at any time of the year. All the best, Tuula


  3. Mary-James says:

    Just in time for my arrival!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tuula says:

      You’re coming back to great weather Mary-James, lucky you!


  4. Great photos! We had tons of rain and even hail ourselves in St-Rémy but now it’s just lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tuula says:

      Isn’t the weather great? Almost pinching myself at how nice it is at the moment… lucky you in St. Rémy, must be beautiful! Sending you a warm “salut” from Ollioules. Tuula


  5. Krista Bjorn says:

    So so gorgeous, Tuula. 🙂 Especially since it feels like Winter just arrived this morning. Brr!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tuula says:

      Thanks so much sweet Krista, sending you some south of France sunshine!


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