June 19, 2011

Photo du Jour - Secret


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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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.


Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...


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

hope your weekend is going just great!

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.


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...

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

Tis the region for mystery...

Thanks! :)

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

Chez Loulou said...

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!

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!

Glad you liked it!

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

Chez Loulou said...

Thanks for visiting and thanks for commenting!

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...

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!

So glad that you like it. Thanks!

Brunofrance said...

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




CWolfe said...

Thanks, LouLou,


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...

You are the best!

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

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