France on Film: A Look Into Provincial France as a Lifestyle.

France on Film: A Look Into Provincial France as a Lifestyle. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- France, Travel, Wander, Wanderlust, Film, photography, Lyon, Provincial, Style, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Guide. France on Film: A Look Into Provincial France as a Lifestyle. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- France, Travel, Wander, Wanderlust, Film, photography, Lyon, Provincial, Style, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Guide. France on Film: A Look Into Provincial France as a Lifestyle. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- France, Travel, Wander, Wanderlust, Film, photography, Lyon, Provincial, Style, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Guide.It’s noon on the dot — although there’s no watch weighing down my wrist, I know this because the town’s belle tower is emitting a vibration that fills the air, and shakes the streets. It’s the sound that signifies so many things. Time for repose, time for a warm tarte, time for the farmer’s market to pack up and return to their own family’s table. I’m reminded that it seems the only thing I ever do in this country is eat, sleep, repeat. It’s appropriate to have a glass of rosé at this hour, and so my siesta is heavy and often lasts well into the late afternoon. I hardly feel guilty, I’m on vacation, and plus the streets are practically barren during these hours anyways. Back home I don’t prepare meals other than the random dinner. I throw things on a cutting board, wolf them down, get back to my keyboard. Here there are days when we prepare extensive salads of fresh produce, burrata, thick with balsamic. Others we purchase fresh ravioli from the Italian’s at the market. When boiled they become much larger than we ever could have anticipated but we gorge ourselves silly on them. And then there’s bread, there’s always the warm bread from the baker just down the street. We plan to get there early so we can snatch up the best baguettes before the working crowd. I’ve stayed so many days in this town that I begin to recognize faces. Not just the vibrant blonde girl that serves our morning cappuccinos, but during these mid-day hours as people flood from their offices on to the cobble stones. It almost makes me think I live here. France on Film: A Look Into Provincial France as a Lifestyle. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- France, Travel, Wander, Wanderlust, Film, photography, Lyon, Provincial, Style, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Guide. France on Film: A Look Into Provincial France as a Lifestyle. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- France, Travel, Wander, Wanderlust, Film, photography, Lyon, Provincial, Style, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Guide. France on Film: A Look Into Provincial France as a Lifestyle. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- France, Travel, Wander, Wanderlust, Film, photography, Lyon, Provincial, Style, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Guide. France on Film: A Look Into Provincial France as a Lifestyle. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- France, Travel, Wander, Wanderlust, Film, photography, Lyon, Provincial, Style, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Guide. France on Film: A Look Into Provincial France as a Lifestyle. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- France, Travel, Wander, Wanderlust, Film, photography, Lyon, Provincial, Style, Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Guide.There’s more than a handful of reasons why I come back here every summer. One being for now it’s easier than the paperwork for a work visa. But truly it’s because there’s a lifestyle here that reminds one what the core of joy itself is in such a tumultuous time: our loved ones, delicious dishes, and moments of meditation on beauty.

Find our guide to the coolest French locales that aren’t Paris here.
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What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form

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I booked a flight to Paris for two weeks, leaving New Years day. The year had been a tough one, in more ways then I care to elaborate on. 
I saw the trip as a fresh start. No expectations, but hopeful that I could reconnect with myself, and an old fling — painting. 
Vowing to leave all technology behind, I wanted to make space to make a difference. In retrospect, it was an excellent decision.
 
It had been a while since I last saw Paris. Unfortunately it’s known as the city of love. I was going alone, my heart mending from a recent failed encounter of love, as I sat on the plane I wondered…will this make me forget faster?
 
I had a beautiful flat in Paris waiting for me. I brought minimal necessities, so I could make room for the canvases and brushes that filled my suitcase.
In the past I had such a passion for painting, but over the years it was shoved aside, like so many other things.
I was forcing myself to commit to it this time — throwing all self doubt out the beautiful french door windows that shared such a lovely sliver of Paris with me.

 

My first morning I made my way to Magasin Sennelier, a 100 plus year old art supply shop, where the scent of old oil paint oozed from the dusty wood shelves. I went there often in the days to follow, eager to try the new colors I had discovered.
I had found my inspiration in Yves Klein’s ‘Blue’, and his concept of using the female form as a tool for expression had stuck with me.
Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.
 
So alone, in my studio, I gave it a try.
I felt my first painting should address the mixed emotions that still lingered within me. There was hesitation, but eventually I felt a release that I couldn’t help but embrace. Letting my body express my thoughts and feelings was almost euphoric.
That night I did my first painting about him titled Le Meilleur De Solitaire.
From there, more paintings began to flow out of me. I would venture out during the day, to museums mostly, coming back brimming with ideas.
The evenings were spent in a favorite cafe. Paint still under my nails as I sipped wine that turned my lips rouge, looking forward to the next day.
The time passed too quickly. I wasn’t ready to leave. I was afraid my reconnection with the canvas may be shoved aside once again.
But, I made a promise to myself. If I somehow couldn’t find the time, or lacked motivation in the coming months, I’d return to aloneness, knowing that quaint little art shop would always be there waiting.

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Booking A Trip? These Are The Coolest French Locales That Aren’t Paris | The Wanderess

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Booking A Trip? These Are The Coolest French Locales That Aren't Paris | The Wanderess ----- France, Travel, GypsetThe Wanderess collapsed into yet another train seat, bags stacking awkwardly atop her lap, trying to conserve personal space. It’s a happy exhaustion, the feeling of train hopping across France. For an entire month she would unpack and re-pack her duffel bag as she explored this infamous country, and its splendors. Yes, Paris was always a good idea, but there was so much more just outside its gates for the Francophone-inclined traveller.

France has had a rough few years of terrorist attacks, and civil uprisings — all things that could falter the morale of a nation. Only France has never responded with defeat, instead ceremony, camaraderie, joie de vivre in large doses. This was the kind of souvenir The Wanderess wanted to bring back to share — the intimate lives of the culture we so often swoon over, and some of its dreamiest locations often overshadowed by the Eiffel Tower.
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The Loire Valley

Just a stones throw from Paris, The Loire Valley will greet you with a chateau at just about every turn, and a lush fruit tree at every other. Imagine languid long meals surrounded by chatter of dinner topics and seeped in rich history.

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The Rhône-Alpes Region

From one valley to the next, a commonality is food comes first. In the Rhône region farmers and winemakers are close to gods. Here family owned vineyards, and honey farms are where you want to find yourself at lunchtime. Don’t leave town without a bottle of locally made Chartreuse — a digestif distilled by Carthusian monk, or trying honey fresh from the hive.

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Provence

Aaah yes, how could one know France without knowing the region of lavender, and wine? Not to be missed are the markets plentiful with produce, cheeses, textiles, and even free-spirited dresses that give Isabel Marant a run for her money. We suggest staying in either Goult or Gordes, and hitting up whatever little neighboring town has a market each day of the week. Do not leave Provence without a bottle of A L’olivier lavender infused olive oil tucked safely into your suitcase.

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Cassis & Les Calanque

This is where every daydream you’ve ever had of Mediterranean-coastlines-meets-jade waters comes true. This lesser known destination shies away from the hordes of tourists through a natural process of elimination — its rocky hike into clear water coves can be such a pain, it keeps the faint at heart on the boardwalk. The Wanderess took on the (four hour total) hike that led her to Les Calanques d’En Veau — one of the most beautiful beaches the world over. Don’t miss out on feasts of local fare, say raw octopus just steps from the waves. While one can stay in Marseille and still access Les Calanques, we suggest finding a spot in the heart of Cassis.

 

 

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Lessons In Becoming French | How To Eat Like A French Girl

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Words by Sonya d’Artois.

In the second installment of our Lessons in Becoming French we dive into the Ritual of Food.
I have had the opportunity of experiencing two vastly different ways the French take on food. Let me regain my place as expert here, while I may hold some ignorance towards fashion, I am a foodie. I enjoy expanding my skills in the kitchen and trying new things, learning the benefits of food, but what I enjoy most of all, is simply the ritual itself. Living in the gastronomical capital of the world is a place I am quite at home.

Exploring the vibrancy of the Sunday market and being drawn toward its vendors by simply following one’s nose is an experience I can’t fathom living without. Bulbs of garlic the size of oranges, rayed with purple stripes, the aromas of olives that make your mouth water before you’ve even spotted them five stands down the busy pathway, the unusual shapes and sizes of the tomatoes — all signs of their pure freshness. A freshness that the French hold to a standard.

My time in Lyon was spent experimenting foods of the freshest and highest quality. I was introduced to flavors, preparations and combinations that both shocked and satisfied my taste buds.

On the complete contrary, only a short hour train ride away a very different eating ritual with many of the same sensibilities — I spent the next three months eating carbs (usually plain pasta or rice) in bulk, accompanied by some type of protein, yet rarely by a vegetable. A side of lettuce greens and salad dressing (known to the french as salade,) is added along side now and then if someone took it upon themselves to quickly wash the greens. One similarity that’s always apparent at the dinner table is the freshness of produce. Grocery stores are simply there for the basics, everything else is found scouring the market — farm to table.

Although I still spend most of my Saturdays’ wandering the eclectic market stroll observing the hard working vendors and pushy customers to take in the overflowing fragrances, my taste buds have taken a slight vacation at the absence of spice, zest or tang in my recent locale.

However, despite the differences between the simplicity of the countryside meals and the gastronomical creations of Lyon, the French do not see mealtime as a time of gluttony, but rather a time to share.

A Frenchman once told me ‘wine is a gift from nature that is meant to be shared’.

Although he said this in regards to wine, his explanation and meaning — after much observation of their approach to meals — can be considered for food in general.

Food and the ritual of eating, is about the social tradition. This is a tip that the rest of the world should indulge in.

In the modern day, it has become habit for families to sit around the table and enjoy a meal without having to say a word to each other, often texting beneath the table. Pointed out as the outsider at the dinner table, consulting my phone, a dynamic flow of conversation surrounded me. I now know that mealtime is a sacred time that the cell phones are left hidden.

That same Frenchman went on to describe that when you taste a good wine, you realize the long hours of hard work that were put into cultivate and produce such splendor. It is the ceremony of the french to come together over their specialties between family and friends.
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Le Midi:

My time spent à la table has compelled me toward a bias for lunch-time, more commonly known to me now as le midi. This could be one of the greatest and most largely obeyed French ritual known to man. What I enjoy most about it, is that at the strike of noon, the country of France closes shop to take a two hours lunch break. Although I have experienced its inconvenience first hand as a tourist myself, being on the receiving side is all too luxurious. Quickly breaking to shovel prepacked nibbles to hold one over for a few hours is as unimaginable a concept as life without gluten.

Whether you are finding a table at a cafe with your colleagues or preparing a meal from scratch, le midi is a time to share a drink and a laugh.

My favorite experiences would take place around the lunch table. My colleagues and I would each prepare a dish to share. Their intrinsic custom to share introduced so many new recipes and flavors to my repertoire that awakened my taste buds after a night of plain pasta and buttered green beans.

Le midi is a time to get to know your acquaintances. Even when sitting at a table of strangers, never do the French find themselves suspended by a dull moment or awkward silence. In fact, the French spend more time chatting during the meal then they do actually eating. We would often have to remind ourselves to take bites during the steady flow of jokes and conversation. After all, we only had two hours.

Which in theory, explains why the French are able to stay so thin. Considering eating slower makes you fuller faster, ergo, requiring you to eat less.

The concept of sharing does not end with stories of how everyone spent their weekend, but goes deeper in reciprocating respect. Not only the respect of others ideas or time to speak, it is shown by sharing the duties of enjoying a meal. Not only do they share good conversation, the French share: preparing the table, serving the meal, clearing and doing the dishes. They share and cherish the time that is set aside specifically to appreciate the company of others.

After spending each day participating in the sacred rituals that food gifts us with, it seems to me that we North Americans have forgotten the importance of it. If we could have it our way, we would sit alone, noses deep in the our far more important cyber lives, quickly wolfing down whichever prepacked or ordered meal we could find at the nearest grocery store or restaurant. On a daily basis, we eat because we have too, as quickly and as independently as possible. Not because we want to. And most certainly not to share or enjoy the company of our acquaintances. It appears we could brush up on the brilliance and pleasure of social interaction that accompanies meal time, something that comes so naturally to the French.

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WHITE GOLD

Verite_AB-2226 copyWe’ve stated our predilection for salt water as a form of renewing one’s soul and mortal body, but here’s to salt refueling our Joie do Vivre. A set table is unfulfilled without its presence, as are delicacies across cultures — Salt is practically an international language, with a labyrinth of history. It’s the basics of good taste. Until the 20th Century, salt bars were accepted as currency in Ethiopia. In China, this luxury was used in over-consumption as a ritual suicide for the superior.

Verite_AB-2237 copyEnvision figures knee deep in the ocean, grazing the reeds for this gastronomic vital that was once known as White Gold. You are in Guerande, France, and this practice feeds an industry of foodies. Then find yourself in the stretching shade of the Himalayan Mountains, where Pakistan is the biggest producer of Himalayan Pink Salt. Rich with minerals, and eye-catching in its rose hue, it’s made up of less sodium than regular table salt, and has the power to rid your body of toxins. Let us digress, it is a mineral of unfathomable powers. Allow this to be our ode to salt as it epitomizes flavor, beautification and of course, basics.

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