Medieval meander …

If it’s Friday, it must be France …

Bonjour! Last week I posted two photos of Entrevaux and promised more. Voilà!

Perched at the meeting point of two valleys in the mountains north of Nice , Entrevaux is one of those intriguing, ancient villages so easy to stumble upon in Europe.

The 2-hour train ride from Nice didn’t live up to our expectations. One could drive the 60 km in half the time, but when Entrevaux appeared before us we were glad to be there .


I hope you have a few minutes to take a meander through the narrow, twisting alleyways of this medieval village. Be intrigued by the tall, slender houses, many in disrepair, with precarious staircases, as well as  curious small squares, primitive fountains and a 16thC gem of a church.

Overlooking the Var river and protected by a 17C citadel sitting even higher above the village,   it guards a once highly strategic approach to the south. There’s even a drawbridge!


With a turbulent and rich two thousand-year-old history, Entrevaux was officially established in the 11thC. Its greatest glory appears to have occurred  in 1536 when the inhabitants bravely retook the town from capture by Charles Quint of Spain and Austria and returned it to the King of France.


There are many small communities throughout Europe, with colourful histories like this, that struggle to stay alive after so many centuries. Regional economy falters, infrastructure crumbles, young people leave.

My imagination is captured. How about yours?

The wind whipped through the cramped passageways this particular day, creating dramatic shifts in light and shadow. My camera shutter steamed. Stories begged to be told.

Meander as you please.

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I would be embarrassed to tell you how long it took me to put this slideshow together. I just hope I remember for the next time!

Oh … and let me share some good news! The cover of The Bridge Club, A Novel was one of eight featured as good examples of effective cover art in this post: book covers from BookBub Unbound. The talented, clever, and always good-natured Carrie Spencer did all the hard work in putting that cover together. She also formatted the cover for The Promise of Provence. A toast to her!

I was notified the week before last that The Promise of Provencebestbooksfinalistjpeg received a Finalist award in the 2013 USA Best Book Award.

Hearing from satisfied readers and receiving awards guarantees to inspire and motivate every author. If I end this post, I might even make a good bump with my word count in my next novel this evening.

I sent out my third newsletter this week and after I hit “publish” discovered a typo in the FIRST line! Ack! How does that happen? Actually I know how it happens. Writing too late into the night is how it happens! Never mind, but I do apologize. The correct spelling is “vieille” … sigh …

In spite of the odd typo, if you would like to join my newsletter mailing list there’s a link on this page and I would be happy to see your name added. That mailing list makes me smile every time I look at it since everyone is there because they contacted me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate hearing from you and value your interest and support. Merci mille fois!

Bon weekend tout le monde! What do you have planned? 

Published by patriciasands

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

29 thoughts on “Medieval meander …

    1. Thanks, Lin. It’s a very interesting place but definitely not a tourist destination. No shops or galleries but plenty of intrigue and atmosphere. I forgot to mention the hiking in the area. The climb up to the fortress at the top would be challenging in itself!

    1. Honestly, Margaret, I’m sure you have a wealth of doors, doorways, windows, shutters, peeling paint, crumbling walls. Its all such eye candy isn’t it? Irresistible and intriguing! The slideshow is actually pretty easy to do … it’s just that I’m such a technodork!

  1. Beautiful photographs! The small little villages really are such gems and wonderful to see and discover. I prefer the non-tourist villages – they are real – letting you see and feel how one really lives in Europe. And a big congratulations on your award!

  2. Is this village part of ‘Les plus beaux villages de France’? It certainly reminds me of St Cirq Lapopie in the Lot Department. They are really breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Merci! I agree with you wholeheartedly about the non-tourist villages. They hold a mystique … and yet are sad places in another way. One wonders how some of them survive. I would love to spend a year discovering, photographing and writing about them. Hmmm – dashing out to buy a lottery ticket!

  4. I had not seen this before, so I am lucky to see it now for the first time. It looks fabulous! It is indeed wonderful that we can get so much from you. And, although late, congratulations on your award!!!

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