I was staying in France in February and I was invited to the place of J and A in the Haute Languedoc (in the south). Driving into the valley that’s their home, I felt like driving a few hundred years back in time. The mountains on both sides of the valley are covered in trees, which will probably stay there for a long time since these slopes are so steep that no machine logging is possible. For a few kilometers I see hardly any signs of civilization and I wonder what the place of J and A looks like. I imagined an old mobile home hidden in the forest.
But then, almost at the end of the valley, I arrived at a little hamlet leaning to the side of the mountain. There’s a mixture of ruins and renovated houses and the walls are made of local materials, which makes it look so nice in this landscape. There are only very narrow, steep roads, so I leave my Twingo at the bottom of the town. That night I get to know J and A better over diner. They bought this house for cheap a few years earlier and now they are renovating it by themselves. I can totally picture what this house will look like in a few years from now, their beautiful home in this paradise valley in the middle of nowhere.
A goes to work the next day and J advices me a nice hike in the Caroux mountains. After a full day of hiking I am even more in love with the Haute Languedoc! Such beautiful nature, so green even in winter and the cutest little towns and hamlets hidden in valleys. I can really imagine myself buying and renovating a house in this area one day in the future.
At my third morning with J and A it’s time for the photo sessions. We decide to stay in the hamlet and the garden, even though the nature around is stunning. I love the little streets, the hidden shortcuts, the Mediterranean plants and the colors of the buildings. We take both the dogs, who we lose every now and then when something more interesting than cuddling owners passes by… I totally loved photographing this lovely, welcoming and inspiring couple!
Okay, enough with the talking, here are some pictures from southern France for you: