Saturday 28 November 2015

French Coffee, Anyone?
Living Like God In France

Espresso Provençal
on the terrace of the
Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus
looking at Van Gogh's

Café de Nuit
Place du Forum

Taking a Break
Le Cloître Saint-Trophime

Comfort and Style
Reading the paper
the French way
Outdoor café
Place du Forum

Living Like God In France
"Leben wie Gott in Frankreich"
"Living in the lap of luxury"

Life in Provence
Originally published in August 2010
Images and Text © 2010 by Merisi

Arles Links:
Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus
Gorgeous homepage, don't miss it!
Le Cloître Saint-Trophime
I traveled to Arles
to see some of the many photo exhibitions
open there until the 19th of September
during the Photo Festival 2010,
Les Rencontres d’Arles


  1. Your yellow dots today look so playful.........The Yellow Café in Arles, Van Gogh......of know what to do and how to do it with style :-)

    I am going to Paris in October. Will search for French coffee then, and the Merisi style photos.....

    Will you continue your studies this fall, or was it for one semester only?
    Any plans for Italy?

  2. Your yellow dots today are so playful.....The Yellow Café in Arles.....Van Gogh.....of course :-) You know how to do it with style.

    I am going to Paris in October and will have some French comee then. Hope to take some photos Merisis style.

  3. I love that expression!
    Perfect photographs on a flawless day.
    Are you an angel from coffee heaven?

    P.S. That blue fan, I gotta get one.

  4. Looks like a lovely place ... and the photo of the lady with the newspaper and small blue fan/water spray bottle is great :)

  5. TICA,
    oh, that's so sweet - merci! -
    I'd love to be the Coffee Angel, or fairy! ;-)

    I wished I would have had the courage to ask her permission for a portrait, alas, I did not dare. She was one grande Lady! I wonder whether there was eau de lavande in the bottle, like Annick Goutal*s. *swoon*

  6. I am so glad that Corey introduced you to us. Since visiting Corey and France, I am in love with the country. Your pictures take me back so I can be there, again, for a brief moment.

  7. ps....the picture of the lady drinking espresso...that is me, if I lived there. Dressed to express my inner being. Oh, to be free and able to do that. I love this picture.

  8. Did you know that one of the 2 best French schools of photography is in Arles ???

    You must be under 30 to sit for the competitive exam - only 20 students are admitted into the first year !!! ... Ready to move to Arles for 3 years ??????????

  9. DON'T MOVE!
    Just visit...I would miss yr Vienna cafe shots...
    Loverly indeed

  10. I'd love to see the whole world through your pictures, Merisi!

  11. Just realized who the lady reminded me of -- The madwoman of Chaillot.

  12. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, more tea, but that does look good! Love all of those photos, it has been so long since I have blog read mainly due to it being summer with 101 things to do!! By the way, in answer to your question, it's Georgia.
    Hope you have a beautiful day, and who wouldn't in that area!!!

  13. I was just taking a break from what I was doing to pop over and see your current post. Taking a break to visit you is a lovely experience, but this woman taking a break in Arles has me realizing that my 'taking a break' moments need richer surroundings. I'm in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
    Here's another post that leaves me with a sigh. (I typed 'sign' instead of 'sigh' just then. Hmmmmm.)
    So happy for you -

  14. Hallo,Merisi
    Wo kann man bei uns Mehl Type 700 finden ( für Apfelstrudel - Teig ) ?

  15. Living like a goddess in France!
    Oui, mademoiselle!

  16. I love the shot "Taking a Break" :0)

  17. Oh that cloister is so beautiful. Those weathered arches give me goose bumps.

  18. @ Lieselotte:
    The flour was from SPAR,
    Bio-Mehl glatt.
    Gutes Gelingen!

  19. My day was rather simple and to view the elegance of these images, makes me thirst for more of the rarity of the splendor of your days. I love the tranquil appeal to these and the beauty of each. The one where the person is reading the paper while lying down, the softness of the background building is just splendid~

  20. Yes thank you. It's the way to go, living like a God! So I will just go ahead and take my photographic sip with you~

    It is always a pleasure to see your photographic journal Merisi, but these are particularity relaxing!
    Merci bien~


  21. I don't know where to start! Amazing and beautiful posts ... Love the "taking a break" and reading the paper the French way ... she has her little fan and everything! I can here old French music playing in the background!

  22. Um, that was hear not here. ;)

  23. Arles is one of my favorite places in Provence. You've captured it beautifully. It is so rich in Roman history. I wish I was sitting at a table with you right now sipping a lovely glass of espresso at the Hotel Nord-Pinus.

    Looks like it might be warm there in the photo of the lady with the newspaper and spritzer. You have to be in Provence only once in the summer to realize why they have shutters on their windows.

  24. The third shot's my favourite.


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