I took a lot of pictures which I posted on flickr , but here is some food related stuff.
The food was so tempting I gained a lot of weight and I have to go on diet for now. But I don't regret one bite (laugh).
For example on my first night I had this a lovely terrine made from fresh goat cheese filled with dried tomatoes and pine nuts and herbs, served with chilled raw tomatoe soup, followed by a meat dish, cheese, fruits:
Every night we had big dinners with lots of different courses mainly something with cheese, salads,fish or meat, tartes, ice cream, fruits. I could not take that much pictures. Even the breakfasts were feasts and - no wonder, I could not hold back. Worst thing:
Of course there were many shops on my day trips providing french delicacies I simply had to visit and were I bought something on my way for a small snack.
I did not stay and eat at this station but doesn't it look fabulous? This picture was taken in Arles it is a sort of Paella, rice from the region fried and steamed in a large pan with different vegetables as peppers ans meat or fish:
Shop from behind (laugh) this is really a sneek view
Here we have a look a the local goods for the sweet tooth: calissons, nougat, macarons (ah this terrible shops):
And extra large meringues:
We stopped a organic farmers store located in the middle of the Camargue (Carmargue region is famous for rice and sausages made from the black camargue cattles and wines - the grapes are raised in the sandy soil):
That's how it looked inside: They sell wines and olive oils, honey, herbs, sausages, terrines, jams, fruits, rice... we had some wine tasting too and a bits of these fabulous beef sausages.. (thats my mom from behind, she just jumped into the picture)
Visiting Saintes Marie sur mer I found this store selling Tajines, clay pots for stews. The whole inner circle of the town is like a big arabian Suk, one small shop next to each other, in fact it was a bit annoying, a big tourist trap, but this shop was nice and the prices were low:
Lucky there were fields filled with lavander too, so lovely and delicious!!! At one hotel they provided jams made with lavander for breakfast, the best were a local produced apricot jam and a jam made from different flower petals and mulberries. Lots of mulberry trees and apricot, peach and cherry farming in that region, next to grapes and olives. But as I learned the real lavander died or is dying everywhere in the Provence. The plants got infected by a bacterial disease and the spread is ongoing. Now they are growing a cloned plant instead: Lavadin. So in fact this is a lavandin field:
And this is a small selection of things I bought:
Here is a very rare speciality : Candied Garden Angelica stems: I also bought candied melon and a big piece of chest nut nougat (found a great shop in Avignon selling tradionally made candied fruits only). The angelica stems have a very interesting and nice flavor. I wonder why they don't sell the here: