The Blue Shutters Of Provence!

Faded blue window shutters never fail to transport me back to Provence. To those quaint, sleepy villages perched atop sun drenched hillsides. Their narrow cobbled streets flanked by ivy covered stone walls and those weathered shutters painted that unique shade of blue.

Aah, to wander down these streets again on a summer afternoon and linger over a slow lunch with a chilled glass of Chateauneuf-du-Pape…..

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

103 thoughts on “The Blue Shutters Of Provence!

  1. Dreaming of a trip to this region especially during the lavender season. Pictures look so inviting! Also read your other post where you mentioned about Amorino, so glad we have an outlet in Boston 🙂

    1. Bharath and Supriya, hope you get to go soon. Provence is such a beautiful part of the world. We went long before I started blogging, so my images do not really do the region justice.

  2. You stopped by my blog, Rockin’ the Purple, and I thank you! Oh a traveler! Me, too, but only armchair for now! Can’t wait to wander around your pictures. Thank you for sharing.

    –Laurel

  3. I am in Provence, twice a year for a period of 1-2 months. I always notice the colors of the shutters. One reason they are painted blue is to keep the mosquitos away. I really don’t think it works but I love the effect.

    1. I had no idea! Thank you for enlightening me. And welcome to my blog Judy. Appreciate the follow 🙂

  4. Would I be wrong if I call this a “heart-warming” piece? Indeed, it was for me. May eyes which sees such beauty be always blessed.

  5. Really like the photos here .. it’s something very special about Provence. Big fan of France in overall, so long as I can stay out side Paris – don’t like Paris even if it has become a lot better in my eyes.

  6. I adore narrow niche streets. I always want to duck down them to see what treasures lie beyond.

  7. Great pictures Madhu! Love the mix of shadowy narrow streets and a blue sky. I could so live behind those blue shutters.

  8. Looks like we will need a couple of bottles at least to fill all your friends’ glasses! Love this.

  9. Oh this is just dreamy, I may just join you in a chilled glass of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Mind if I pull up a chair? Gorgeous, gorgeous post! xxx Ailsa

    1. You are most welcome Ailsa 🙂
      I really have to make time to go through your blog…looks fabulous!

      1. Yours too, Madhu, you’ve seen so many gorgeous places and I love your photography! So glad to have found you on WordPress. Isn’t the blog world great? 🙂

  10. I love to see how small and narrow the streets of St Remy de Provence are! It looks so nice to get lost there!

    1. There are so many beautiful villages around there Bama! All of them worth getting lost in.

    1. Thanks Jeff! Just armed myself with an entry lvl DSLR. It better make a difference….cost me one plane fare to Europe 😦

      1. It should, though the most important tool you have is right between your ears. A dslr only give you more freedom and flexibility to be creative. Based on your photos, I’d say you will put it to good use.

        By the way, what did you get? Something nice and “Canon-y” and not that other N word I hope 😉

        1. That’s great! I just had to show my Canon fan-boy status! 😉 Some people do take the N vs. C thing too far if you ask me. Regardless the brand, most cameras are better than the people holding them anyway, my trusty 7D included 😀

    1. Absolutely! Its the Chateanuef which makes it all the more appealing 🙂 Nice to meet Thomas!

  11. I always love it when a town or little part of a town are in-tune with each other! It makes it so interesting.

    1. Gordes in particular had more number of these blue shutters! Oh those villages are truly beautiful!

  12. Your beautiful photos reminded how sunny and colorful Provence is… A great place to take a vacation!

  13. Just beautiful Madhu! Did you know I was a French major in college and spent time living in Paris and the South of France? I would love to go back and revisit it. I never made it to these areas in your post. Ahhh thanks for continually giving me the urge to wander!!!!

  14. Ah, Provence. Never been, hehe. Peter Mayle made me want to go there and these side streets are just how I pictured them in my mind. 🙂

    1. Peter Mayle’s book is kind of a bible for Provence lovers I guess! My images do not begin to do it justice!

    1. Extraordinary shade isn’t it? I fell in love with them as you can see 🙂 Thanks for dropping by AD

    1. Provence IS a region! If you notice, these images are of streets from three different villages in Provence! Glad you liked them Albadr 🙂

  15. Aah Indeed, Madhu! It is an extraordinary blue, isn’t it, and perfect with the stone buildings? Always looks a little chalky to me, with a touch of the sky and the sea mixed in too! Loely:)

    1. I particularly love their bleached, weathered textures. That is what I love about the French, their ability to make ‘old’ seem so elegant!

    1. Oh yes you should! And don’t rush, Provence is about slowing down – slow meals, looong coffee breaks, even longer strolls on those beautiful streets…heaven!

  16. Oh – I so want to go wander through those little streets and take pictures, like you did! Yours are beautiful!

    1. Thanks Francine! These villages aren’t always peaceful, they do get overrun by tourists during the season.

    1. The problem with you and me is that we love too many places 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

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