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Well this is my last French holiday post and this one has a mix of all sorts.

The above photo is of some postcards that I bought while on holiday, I just love these old vintage images of the south of France.

During the Cannes Film Festival many of the hotels advertise upcoming films. This hotel was decorated for the new Disney Cars 2 film.

One of the up-market stores in Cannes were displaying their designer clothing on these wooden sewing machines.

Flowers are in abundance, these photos show some of the flora ……….

Then there is the fauna………….

Fish in the harbour at Cannes.

One of the many little lizards which scoot about everywhere but which are extremely difficult to photograph, I got lucky this time!

It’s a hard life being a cat in this heat when you’re trying to make a living by selling your paintings. 😉

I found this wonderful craft store in Nice. It’s called La droguerie. I just couldn’t believe the amount of beautiful things this shop had. They sold their yarn by weight, you just asked for how much you wanted and they wound it off a big cone and weighed it out for you. They had lovely natural fibres in all the colours of the rainbow. They also had gorgeous fabric, an amazing selection of trims and buttons and jar upon jar of beads. To be honest I was overwhelmed by the place and I really would need a few visits to take it all in!!! Sadly they didn’t allow any photos inside which was a shame as I would have loved to have shared it with you.

Of course I had to make a few little purchases, it would have been so rude not to. 🙂

I’m going to finish this post with a selection of photos of the many beautiful doors and windows we encountered on our visits to the towns and especially the little villages. I just love the shutters, the peeling paint and the fact that the French love duck egg blue as much as I do!

If you’re still here, thank you so much for sharing my holiday with me, I do hope I haven’t bored you too much with my many photos.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll ‘see’ you all next week ! 🙂

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Jenny May 27, 2011 - 8:32 am

Lovely post! I too love those vintage images and postcards of the South of France – I actually have a book of similar images and love looking through it! Also love all the colourful shutters – I also used to collect postcards and photos of the same when I travelled around France and Itlay a few years ago – they look so romantic don’t they? I would love a house with shutters! Oh and that shop looks wonderful, I could have had a field day in there! Have a lovely rest of your week Vivienne x

Helen Philipps May 27, 2011 - 9:01 am

I loved this post! Loved the vintage postcards – so elegant. All your photos are really interesting and beautiful. The shop in Nice looks so thrilling – but I know what you mean, if there’s too much to look at and choose from it becomes a bit overwhelming to hurry up and buy something to use later! You seem to have managed a good choice though. What a gorgeous place, thank you for sharing your (not in the slightest bit boring) pictures! Have a happy weekend. Helen x

tinajo May 27, 2011 - 9:33 am

Oooooh – me likey these pics! Wonderful! 🙂

Mia May 27, 2011 - 10:54 am

I love doors too, Viv, they’re just something I want to take pictures and buy postcards of too! Lovely images, thank you so much for sharing your travels with us, it’s been a pleasure!

Happy and sunny greetings from Finland and joy to your weekend!


simone May 27, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Viv, this would be my holiday of a lifetime. I love everything about it. I will be returning to these French posts for inspiration! Have a lovely weekend! x

Robin May 27, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Viv, Love all your pic. I don’t know where to start they are all so great. Each one actually seems to tell a story in the picture it’s self. Thanks for sharing. I would love to visit someday! Have a wonderful weekend. xoRobin❤

Patty May 27, 2011 - 3:35 pm

Oh so lovely, the shops, the pussy cat, the goodies you bought at the craft shop, I know what you mean about being overwhelmed in a shop with so many wonderful things. And the retro travel poster postcards, that’s my type of illustration. I shall post some of my posters on my blog later.
Have a lovely weekend, it’s been great seeing your snaps this week. x

lily May 27, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Fantastic vintage travel posters, I would love to capture an image of this sort in cross stitch. Beautiful houses, shutters are such a pretty feature, and if I had the chance to shop in such a gorgeous craft establishment, I know I would come home penniless, loved your purchases, you showed great restraint, my dear!

lily x

Amanda May 27, 2011 - 4:42 pm

I so love those little village homes. Thanks for sharing your trip! I don’t think I could resist a shop like that with big pink buttons on the outside 🙂

Pomona May 27, 2011 - 6:17 pm

La Droguerie sounds fantastic! I had heard of it but didn’t realize how wonderful it was. I love the postcards – I worked on a book with lots of that style pic – beautiful.

Pomona x

Jane May 27, 2011 - 6:21 pm

I really enjoyed your holiday photos Vivienne.The postcards are so 1930s, lovely images. So many pretty homes there too. It looks like you had a super time in France.
Enjoy your weekend, I am sure you want to catch up in the garden if the weather behaves.
Jane x

harmony and rosie May 27, 2011 - 10:48 pm

Vivienne I’m almost crying now – la Droguerie is somewhere I would LOVE to go to. I read about them long ago and Parthenay is one of the fabrics I fell in love with. I’m going to have to resort to mail order now. Unless I can persuade hubby to take ME to the South of France!!


Kristyne May 28, 2011 - 3:47 am

That is the weirdest cactus I’ve ever seen! Very cool.

Margaret May 28, 2011 - 7:28 am

What a beautiful picture show in the last three posts. It’s a place I’ve never been and now I’m wondering why as it all looks just wonderful.
Imagine living behind such fabulous windows and doors. Now I’m wishing I could see inside as well!
Oooh, the craft shop looks divine and I love your purchases. Will look forward to seeing what you will make with them.

nina - tabiboo May 28, 2011 - 6:41 pm

Such lovely french fancies – I love all those different kind of openings…..doors.

Nina x

julie May 29, 2011 - 9:05 pm

All of your pictures are wonderful Vivienne and tell such a lovely story of what a fabulous time you had. I suspect you’ll be pulling out these photos on many a cold winter’s evening and reminiscing fondly. Still haven’t sent my little package but do hope to shortly – will email you soon, J x

Gina May 30, 2011 - 1:40 pm

Such amazing photographs. And that store in Nice looks like it is almost worth a special visit!

Lisa May 30, 2011 - 10:40 pm

Just looked through your holiday posts Vivienne. Thanks for sharing as it all looks too wonderful for words. I forgot how much I loved France.


hello gorgeous June 3, 2011 - 8:23 pm

hey gorgeous, I am SOOOOO jealous of your trip! Just read the three holiday posts…it is a gorgeous place…such fab photos too sweetie ;o)


hello gorgeous xxx

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