Itinerary covers main attractions in Paris – the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur, Catacombs, Pantheon, Chateau de Versailles, Centre Pompidou, Musee D’Orsay and Les Invalides. In Provence/ Southern France – Arles, Nimes, Orange, Pont Du Gard, the Camargue, Gordes, Roussillon, Menerbes, Lourmarin, L’Isle Sur La Sorgue and Aix En Provence.
Cafe de L’Ormeau in Lourmarin is a curious looking restaurant had our attention as it made us anticipate the unknown. Walking through the rusty iron gate into the dim tunnel in suspense. When we reached the restaurant, we were dazzled by what we saw. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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)!
Lourmarin is a charming little village to wonder around – with the vine-walls, fountains here and there, and the lovely castle that’s open to the public. Somehow it feels a little bit more modern than the other villages, such as Gordes, Meberbes and Roussillon. Perhaps it’s the the numerous unique boutiques and cafes that add to this modern feel. Continue reading