avignon, a small town in the south of france is located on the rhone river and was the seat of the catholic popes in the 14th century. at the heart of the historic city sits the papal palace, a medieval gothic building. once a fortress, today it is a captivating museum housing religious artwork including centuries-old paintings, sculptures + frescoes.
the south of france is a marvel. here, the silhouette of saint-victoire, the solitary mountain painted by post impressionist painter paul cezanne from this verdant lookout circa 1887. my love of nature is a driving force in my desire to preserve our natural resources, protect our animals + ensure the rights of all people. i'm diving into the compelling book living downstream by activist, ecologist + cancer survivor, dr. sarah steingraber. check out this feature length documentary film in which she discusses “the web of connections between our bodies and the ecological world in which we eat, drink, breath and work.”
this week's simple pleasures takes us to this beautiful courtyard outside of paris. i sat here + did what i love to do: meditated on my many blessings, listened to the wind in the trees + watched the world go by: children on scooters, elderly couples holding hands, young lovers. this is the perfect place to read, to revel in solitude + refine one's soul. may you all travel to destinations that light a fire within your heart +bring you boundless peace.