“You are more beautiful than Jupiter.”
– Nelly Frize
There is a certain charm about France. I always thought my first visit would be with Odd for a “romantic getaway.” Instead, I spent a weekend with a friend, Yu-Ching, her daughter, Nelly, and Karina in Provence.
Yu-Ching is energetic, passionate and fascinating. She lights up when she talks about rock climbing in Alsace, speaks five languages fluently without skipping a beat and has studied in Lyon and Paris. Currently, she designs fine jewelry for Laure Jewelry with beautiful collections inspired by sculpture, Asian paintings and even a French TV series. She showcases her collections in Frankfurt, Paris and shops around Berlin too.
In one of our late night convos, she brought up allure to describe a woman’s beauty, charm and attractiveness. She also mentioned that it is the perception and fascination of someone. I like to think of allure as the attraction of enchanting places like the South of France.
I think Yu-Ching seems elegant when speaking French with locals especially with our B&B hostess at La Guillone, in restaurants, at wineries and when simply stopping for directions. There is a certain grace about the language and the softness in which she speaks.
Photographing her, Nelly and Karina against the backdrop of the villages in Provence was such a treat.
Graced by the morning sun.
Poppies in full bloom.
Lavender at the market.
Taking a peek at the Boulangerie in Venasque.
I always had a romantic idea about Paris, but I think the areas outside Avignon are quite spectacular. Cobbled streets along villages perched among mountain tops was a beautiful surprise.