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Disclaimer : Let’s all pretend I did not shoot a top with “Trouville sur Mer” written on it in Hyères Les Palmiers ! Let’s just focus on the beautiful view over the sea, will you ?!
It’s funny though, because right after Paris, the city where I spent my whole life and that I love the most, my two favorites cities are the norman Trouville and the provencal Hyères. For me, these cities perfectly represent the spirit of vacations, of discovering new things and places, strolling around the markets on the harbours and walking in the sea at sunset…
Aaah, the South of France ! Its amazing weather, its crickets, its sea and its bbqs ! It’s my little summer paradise !
If you followed a bit what’s been happening on my Instagram, you know I just got there for 3 full weeks, and it’s already being a pure bliss !
For the pure Parisian I am, the South of France is like a whole other country. Even if I’ve been coming there every year since I was born, I am always so happy to be there, it’s my little corner of good times and as soon as it starts getting hot in Paris, I can’t wait to leave the city and its tourists to get back to my dear South.
And every year, I go look for small provincial villages around my place where I’m sure I’ll come across an array of grandpas chit-chatting under a plane-tree and lots of cats napping in the sun on every street corner, I go to the local marketplace fill up with regional products to treat everyone for lunch, I go stroll around the harbours of coastal towns and watch the boats coming and going while eating a crêpe or an ice-cream, I go drive at sunset on small winding roads across golden fields burnt by the sun, or I just lay by the pool under the shadow of a tree with a fresh beer and fall asleep while listening to the cicadas… These are all the things that make me love the South of France as much as I do and that make me come back every year.
Even if this year, I’m still working a bit every day, which I was not doing the last few years, I can’t compare working on my desk with the sounds of ambulances sirens in Paris and working on the garden table with the sounds of cicadas here in the South of France.
And then, the other we were talking about finding the perfect spot to shoot, and over there it’s quite the paradise ! Just like this small simple courtyard we found while not looking for it, just strolling around the desertic streets of an old village, pure happiness !