Le Verdon with friends.

 

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You know how things suddenly seem a lot better once you’ve lost them? Well it’s something that is saddly very true in my life at the moment, and it’s also very true when it comes to my hometown or the whole region I was born and raised in. I arrived in Paris about 6 years ago, to study psychology (even though I am now majoring in literature and linguistics), and as much as I love Paris and would never go back to living in the south of France, I now appreciate its beauty a lot more.

When I was younger, being 15 minutes away from the seaside, being able to stare at the blue sky and sea from my highschool science classrooms, using an umbrella maybe 5 times a year, seemed pretty normal to me. In fact, I probably never even thought about it. That was just the way it was. Spending summers on the beach, enjoying warm evenings with friends and sunny day all year long were expected, common details. Not things to be especially grateful for.

 

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It also means that I never really took the time to explore the area I was living in. Even when my friends got their driving license, even when I was craving adventure. It just never occured to me that maybe one day, I would be away, far away from all this, and ignorant of most things related to this region of France where I come from. I was also not prepared for the loneliness and the difficulties of making new friends, but that’s another story. In short, I am now 24, living in Paris and loving it, but realising that I know nothing of this amazingly beautiful region. In fact, it’s only when I showed pictures to friends who were not born there and saw their reactions that I started to understand how truly blessed I was to have grown up in such an environment.

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So now that I am back in the south for about a week, my friends and I decided to do a small roadtrip to the Verdon Gorges, an impressive and beautiful location about 2 hours away from our hometown. Despite all of us having very different schedules, we managed to embark on a very enjoyable day trip, a first! In about 10 years of friendship, it was our first time going on a trip (no matter how small) the 6 of us together! How 6 persons with totally different lifestyles, personalities and characters can get along so well still amazes me, and I love it!

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The Gorges are breathtaking and I love that kind of landscapes ( sort of similar to the gorges in Slovenia that you can see here), but we didn’t really get the chance to see or sail them due to the weather. Instead we spent the day on the biggest lake, riding pedalos, swimming and jumping from cliffs. All in all, a pretty great day. The color of the water was beautiful, and it felt so clean and pure, all of that even better as we were almost the only ones there that day. Believe it or not, for most people in the south, a sky like that means a bad weather day. Therefore we had the lake almost all to ourselves, which made it even more peaceful and pretty.

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I guess I’m twice as lucky now, living in Paris and going back to such a pretty home every summer. I get the best of both worlds, and so much remains for me to discover and explore. As I grow older, I see more and more beauty in the little things of life, in the shared moments with the ones you love, in the places and habits you probably didn’t even notice before, and travelling even at home gets more and more exciting. After all, you really do not need to board on a plane or go thousands of miles away to travel, to go on an adventure. Sometimes looking at things differently is all that you need.

What about you? Do you see the beauty in your hometown or where you’re currently living?

Or have you ever been to the south of France?

8 Replies to “Le Verdon with friends.”

  1. Woah c’est tellement beau, je connaissais pas du tout !
    Pour ma part, je suis née dans le Sud (précisément à Montpellier, Languedoc Roussillon) donc les paysages méditerranéens avec la garrigue, les étangs, la mer etc sont très familiers pour moi. Je ne vis plus dans ce coin et je suis maintenant dans les Pyrénées. Mais quand je reviens là bas, c’est un plaisir de voir un ciel aussi ” ouvert “, surtout quand c’est le Golden Hour. La lumière dorée est juste magnifique à voir en fin de journée.

    1. Tout à fait d’accord!
      On n’est pas si loin 😉

  2. I love this, Emy 🙂
    I’m from Kenya but I’m in my last semester studying in South Africa and I’m feeling my time running out being right at the beach and there being so much I haven’t seen yet or only gone once! The same for going back home to Kenya, many places even though I went at some stage in my life, I didn’t make the effort to go again and it’s not as easy now I’m away at university.

    Also I’m just now working on videos of my summer in Europe and I stopped by in Nice. The south of France is something else, I’ll be back!
    xx
    Julie | Frame Ambition

    1. I’m happy you enjoyed the south of France! :)it’s a beautiful area!
      enjoy the rest of your time in South Africa!

  3. “What about you? Do you see the beauty in your hometown or where you’re currently living?” The nature part yes, we have rivers and lakes simular to that, but the gambling and drinking I can’t really relate to it, it’s not my cup of tea. Nevada is nice though.

    1. Oh believe me, the drinking is also quite strong here (and in Paris as well), and I can’t relate at all either!
      Nevada looks beautiful!x

  4. C’est beau!
    C’est vrai qu’on a tendance à voyager pas mal à l’étranger et à ignorer un peu notre propre pays! j’ai découvert les Cévennes, l’Aubrac et la vendée juste cet été et j’ai été tellement surprise par ces paysages, je ne me rendais pas compte de la diversité de la France. J’espère visiter la France entière un jour! même si l’appel de l’étranger est toujours un peu plus fort!

  5. Thank you for sharing your experience! Beautiful photos! I will be visiting the south of france in a couple of months (from the States). I can relate to your story. I also grew up in the countryside and moved to the city (Chicago). Now as an adult I do miss the beautiful landscape of my childhood, especially in Winter when the city turns gray. I hope you keep blogging. I love your work! =)

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