June 19, 2011

Photo du Jour - Secret

Glass

An open gate invited me in.
Then I saw the cave like tunnel and the stairway. How could I resist?
Dodging the cobwebs I went in and climbed up. A secret garden!
Off to one side I found a statue of Mary. Tucked under a tree was an old fireplace mantle and in another corner, this dilapidated, empty greenhouse.


Don't forget! Only two days left to win a copy of Patricia Well's cookbook, At Home in Provence.


My submission to Your Sunday Best, hosted by A Rural Journal.

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22 comments:

Sivinden said...

A mystical atmosphere...

Bruno said...

A new Dan Brown thriller?

Lost In Cheeseland said...

I absolutely love this shot!!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Interesting photo, so many lines and angles.

paris (im)perfect said...

A woman after my own heart! I always look for little openings like this to go exploring. Really amazing. Love the secret garden (and the gate, and the stairwell...:)

Bonnie said...

This gives off a calm sense of mystery somehow. Beautiful.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love the mystery here. The photo invites us in. Great shot, Loulou. Thanks so much for sharing at YSB this week. I appreciate it!

Lou Belcher said...

It's an intriguing photo... shows clearly mystery and depth.

Lou

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

Bonjours!

i love the depth of that photo!
really beautiful shot!

hope your weekend is going just great!

betty
visiting via your sunday best.

Anonymous said...

Bonjour Loulou,

I've a question about food/cooking classes in Provence. As my niece (17 years old) and I will be in the area next June and both enjoy cooking, a couple of days of classes would be fun for the two of us, especially for her. Have you any suggestions? We want something fun, not terribly chic-chic but from a knowledgeable chef.

Don't tax the gray matter if an an answer does not present itself rather quickly.

Hope you are keeping cool because those of us in Texas ARE NOT.


Many thanks.

CWolfe

Home In The Hollow said...

This shot was a "meant to be!"...:)JP

Pat said...

Lovely, atmospheric shot!

Dyche Designs said...

Love this post, beautiful image and words.

Linds said...

Think this might be my favorite photo yet. So intriguing!

Chez Loulou said...

Sivinden
Yes! It makes me wonder about the history of this garden.

Bruno
Tis the region for mystery...

Lindsey
Thanks! :)

Pieces of Sunshine
I took about a dozen shots from different angles. Loved the broken glass!

Chez Loulou said...

Paris
It was very intriguing. I've walked by this place hundreds of times and always wondered what was back (up) there.
Paris would be dangerous for me! All those giant door with hidden gardens and courtyards behind them. I would have to explore!

Bonnie
The spot where it is located is very calm. All I could hear was the wind in the trees and the birds singing. And it is right in the middle of the village!

Nancy
Glad you liked it!

Lou
The place has an aura of mystery. I'm glad that so many of you felt that through this shot.

Chez Loulou said...

Betty
Thanks for visiting and thanks for commenting!

CWolfe
Sorry, but I can't think of anything off the top of my head. Check out this site: http://theprovencepost.blogspot.com/
You might find something there. Have a great trip!

Home in the Hollow
I agree!

Chez Loulou said...

Pat
Atmosphere is an easy thing to capture here. :)
There's so much history and so many intriguing looking homes, buildings, streets, etc.

Dyche Designs
Thank you! Much appreciated!

Linds
So glad that you like it. Thanks!

Brunofrance said...

I used "provence cooking classes" on google to find these links:

http://www.theinternationalkitchen.com/cooking-vacations/france/provence-cote-dazur

and

http://www.tasteofprovence.com/

CWolfe said...

Thanks, LouLou,

CW

Sharon T said...

What an intriguing photo and description. I love exploring hidden places. Florence is a wonderful place for this. Wander through a dark passageway and find a frescoed ceiling!

Chez Loulou said...

Bruno
You are the best!

CWolfe
Hope you find what you're looking for with the links Bruno shared. Have fun!

Sharon
Yes, Florence would be perfect for exploring behind Renaissance doorways, down tiny alleyways...
I have to get back there one of these days.