We just got back from a week visiting Provence and the French Mediterranean coast, landscapes very warm and seductive:
This is the view from our hotel room, but I couldn't capture the fast swifts wheeling and screeching in that sky.
The Gorge of Verdon winds deep through the hills, the river so far below us it's hard to imagine how it ever ground away so much earth:
Green spring trees beside the bright blue water:
The French really do respect food; a Provence farm shop displayed its vegetables like artworks, colour-coordinated:
Flowered courgettes feel delicate and fleshy at once:
Back in Paris and the Jardin du Luxembourg is also in bloom, including these strange trees (I can't identify) with lilac-coloured foxglove-like flowers and some of last year's nuts still visible: