It looks like summer is over… As I sit in my study typing this post, fat raindrops are crashing against the window and it feels as though the cold is seeping in. So much so that I have wrapped my cream-coloured pashmina around my neck.

Luckily, the memories of our fortnight in that little corner of the South of France that we love are still fresh, as we came back on Saturday night. Together with cups of chai tea, these reminders of a gentle way of life are warming me up…

 Restaurant La Voile Blanche - Plage des Ayguades - Gruissan

Our dinner on the beach, next to the inviting lounge area
and several imposing Buddha statues.


Cimetière marin de Notre Dame des Auzils Ange Chapelle de Notre Dame des Auzils

Another excursion to the poignant Notre-Dame des Auzils.


 Dubonnet advert in Gruissan

This very old advert for an aperitif, spotted during a date night
with Sexy Hubby. Funnily enough, the same advert was mentioned
in the book I was reading, set during the Second World War.


 Le Salin de l'Ile Saint-Martin - Gruissan

Le Salin de l’Ile Saint Martin, displaying the most fabulous
colours. More to come about this interesting place.


 Colourful open Jeep selection

We pondered whether or not to get one of those,
but it probably requires permanent residency in the south !


 Plage des Chalets - Gruissan - 37°2 Le Matin - Betty Blue

We went to the Plage des Chalets, where the French movie
37°2 Le Matin (Betty Blue) was filmed.


Medieval city of Carcassonne Old house in Carcassonne

We of course felt compelled to pay the fabulous
Cité de Carcassonne another visit and caught up
with the painter Zanda again.


 Barberousse Tower and Lagoon - Gruissan

On our way to the market or to dinner, Sexy Hubby
never missed the opportunity to tell us how much he would love
a home with a terrace offering views over the deep blue lagoon
and the mysterious Tour Barberousse.


 Sunrise over the sea

Always a highlight of the holidays for me…
The sun rising over the sea.


 Early morning beach walk with the dog

Cute Doggy and I are missing our early
morning walks on the beach. A lot.

What was your summer like?

26 thoughts on “Summer |
Douceur De Vivre In France

  1. As I’m reading this post and looking at the great pics… the sun is coming out! Is it a sign? 😉

    Ah… and yes… one day I WILL have a place with this magnificent view on the lagoon and the Tour Barberousse! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Sarah. 😀
      Every year we discover new places and make more fantastic memories… xx

    1. Thanks, Laura. 🙂
      We always have a great time there and that beach restaurant is just perfect to relax. xx

    1. Thank you! 🙂
      I made Sexy Hubby stop the car to take the photo of the pink beach house, I just had to! 😉 xx

    1. Thank you so much, Libby. 😀
      I so enjoy taking photos, trying to find the quirky details… xx

    1. Thank you so much, KV. 😀
      I was so happy with the way they turned out, really capturing the essence of the place.
      And yes, you must go. Please get in touch if you want some info! 🙂 xx

  2. I know a little bit this region and I like it very much. Thank you for your text and your pictures. I spent a very good time ! Thanks a lot.

  3. Your pics made us sad. We are missing Gruissan so much, having spent the last two winters there, but they were very good sniff,sniff
    Dave and Gill

    1. Totally understand how much you miss Gruissan, Dave and Gill…
      It is the same for us, cannot wait to go back.
      Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

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