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How About Some Roquefort Cheese with Moet and Chandon for Dinner? @ Arles, France

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We decided to do a simple meal with the king of cheeses – Roquefort, and one of the finest wines – Moet and Chandon.  How could we not enjoy them while we were in France, a country so diversified in its cheeses and wines? With cocktail prawns, smoked salmon, fresh carrots, ham and croissant, our simple meal was actually better than some of the meals which we ate in restaurants.   You can buy these ingredients readily from Monoprix or Carrefour.

Roquefort cheese is produced with the most stringent criteria – only milk from certain breeds of sheep can be used, and only specific caves in Southern France can be used for the ripening of Roquefort cheese.  While you are in Southern France, you might see Roquefort cheese quite frequently on the menu, so give it a try with a good wine, because these good cheeses and wines will cost you double when you go back home 🙂

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DIY Pre-Wedding Photography @ Lourmarin & Aix En Provence @ France. Day 8

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Day 8 of our journey was dedicated to taking our pre-wedding photo shoots, DIY.   It was a Monday, so relatively it was a lot quieter as it was a rest day for some of the shops, and hence fewer people.

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Our first photo shoot location was at the castle in Lourmarin.  The castle is an excellent place for photos as it provides superb background throughout the castle.  Whether it’s the overall stoney castle, the internal framework of the castle,  the lovely summery garden, or the field of Mulberry trees often seen in Van Gogh’s paintings just right next to the castle.

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Our second photo shoot location was at Cours Mirabeau in Aix En Provence (30 minutes drive from Lourmarin).  Although it was a Monday and presumably fewer people, the traffic into Aix En Provence was still pretty bad and we had to drive round and round a few times before finding the parking lot.  But, it was all worth the effort as Cours Mirabeau is full of colors, architecture, and we stumbled upon a beautiful church and some street paintings.

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We spent a whole day taking these photos and it’s not as easy as it looks.  In fact, it was really tiring! I took time doing my make up and hair, changing into different gowns, Gary took time adjusting the settings on the camera, the tripod and he had to run back and forth to fine tune the settings.  But in retrospect, the process was fun and gave us some pre-wedding photographs a little different from others (though not as professional looking)!

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Lourmarin Castle
Aix En Provence

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