Vineyards in Provence

Taking a Break

By the time you read this, I’m sure it’s afternoon nap or siesta time somewhere.

summer afternoon nap by the pool

We’ll probably need one following our night flight tonight.  I wonder what insects will be there to greet us?  In any case, I’ve packed the mosquito creams to throw off the scent of a sweet-blooded Scot!

French garden

My favourite perfectly harmless insect in Provence is the cigale. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen my tiny video of the cigales singing in the trees. As soon as the temperature drops to around 24°C, the singing stops but I can tell you that heatwave evenings with us all chattering around the table, we needed to shout above their chirping, as if in some Provençal open-air night club.  The noise resembles someone cleaning their teeth with a bionic toothbrush at full speed – and it’s constant.

Standing by the olive trees

Even our friends from further north were intrigued by the cigales’ constant rhythm, as it’s something typical to Provence in France. It can be a real holiday pastime just trying to study and catch them jumping around in the trees.

We found one taking a break by the pool.  It’s a pretty rare sight to see them up so close. I think I prefer their souvenir versions, though, found in boutique shops in Provençal villages, in the guise of ceramic decorations.

Cigale close-up in Provence

Like the Parisians in summer, it’s time for us to take a break too.

Thank you for following, for sharing, for all of your lovely – and above all, motivating – comments.  I look forward to returning with more stories and have plenty of sweet treats to share from you in Paris  soon.

I don’t know if I’ll have access to a computer or WiFi but if you follow me on Instagram, I’ll be sure to post there first and I’ll show you where I am. If you leave a comment, I’ll be sure to post it when I can.

A très bientôt, my friends!

5 replies
  1. Christina @ Christina's Cucina
    Christina @ Christina's Cucina says:

    One of the things I like most about California is the lesser amount of bugs! After living in Scotland and Michigan, it’s definitely a plus here! I don’t know who was holding that insect but I could NEVER do that! Worms yes, those, NO!

    Have a lovely break and we’ll be waiting for you when you get back!

    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      We’re so much alike, Christina. But I couldn’t even do the worm! No, that was a lovely brave teenager holding that cigale. Now that I’m back this weekend, will catch up SOON! Off to Scotland in a few days to check out the midges 😉

    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thanks so much, David and Lili. I’m finally back. Jetlagged, groggy but boy, that was fun! It has been a long time since I haven’t cooked for 2 whole weeks! Only 400+ photos to download and choose to blog about the whole experience. I’m on it this weekend!



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