Aigues-Mortes Rempart Gateway @Bfblogger2015
Barefoot BloggerExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal Culture & HistoryRoad Trips South of France

Inside Aigues-Mortes Walls: History, Torture and Transformation

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: There are hardly more historically significant towns in France than Aigues-Mortes. Within the walled city, legends and facts reveal a rich history of conquering heroes and suffering martyrs. Today the place has transformed into a popular destination for travelers, filled with souvenir shops and …

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Tarascon Castle Provence
Explore: Travel in ProvenceGinger and NutmegProvencal Culture & History

Reasons to Visit Tarascon a Castle and Legend of a Monster in Provence

Previously posted on Ginger & Nutmeg: The Heart of Darkness or Niger Focus (later Nerluc) might have been an appropriate name for the hamlet located on the shores of a murky, swampy river. The muddy, opaque waters fueled rumours cultivating the nightmares of residents who asked was the beast: A huge …

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Discover Orgon Village Alpilles views
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal Culture & HistoryVillages in Provence

Discover Historic Orgon the Charming Village Beyond the N7

Orgon is a Provencal town with a reputation problem. To appreciate the town’s history and its dramatic natural backdrop, on the edge of the Alpilles, you need to veer off the Route Nationale 7 (N7) and stroll through the old streets to discover the charms of Orgon. Steady vehicle traffic …

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Provence Christmas Story
Explore: Travel in ProvenceMargo LestzProvencal Culture & History

The Provence Christmas Story a Tale of the Santons

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: You may know the traditional Biblical Christmas story, but in Provence, there is a bit more to it. The Provence Christmas story is told in a Nativity play called a pastorale. It incorporates the main details of the traditional Nativity but sets it in a …

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Santons of Provence @MirabeauWine
Explore: Travel in ProvenceMirabeau WinesProvencal Culture & HistoryWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

What is the History Behind the Santons of Provence

Contributor blog post by Mirabeau Wine: Sir Francis of Assisi established the tradition of nativity scenes in 1223 with live enactments by people and animals during the midnight mass on Christmas eve in his church of Greccio, Italy. The tradition halted after the French Revolution, when many churches were closed. …

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Legend Roussillon Ochre Cliffs Luberon
Explore: Travel in ProvenceJulie WhitmarshProvencal Culture & History

The Legend of Roussillon – a tale of illicit love and a tragic end! 

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Yesterday morning I cycled up to Roussillon for the weekly market and to sit on the wall enjoying the view and the vivid colours of the Ochre cliffs that define the village. When I arrived it was lovely & quiet and I popped into the …

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Witches Provence Halloween Cemetery @Girlgonegallic
Explore: Travel in ProvenceGirl Gone GallicProvencal Culture & History

Be Forewarned the Halloween: There Be Witches in Provence

Contributor blog post by Girl Gone Gallic: Have you ever heard of the Aix-en-Provence Witch Trials? Beginning in the early 1600’s, cases of nuns and priests under demonic possession ended in burning’s at the stake.  The priest was “kindly” granted the mercy of strangulation before being burned to ashes.  The …

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Penitents Chapels Nice Saint Sepulcre
Chiara OrlandiExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal Culture & History

Exploring the Four Chapels of the Penitents in Nice

The Penitents refers to a Christian movement dating back to the 4th century. During this time, those who confessed a grave sin were assigned a penance, a means by which your sin could be forgiven. This penance, assigned by a Bishop, could assume the form of repairing a church, helping the poor …

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Roman Pont du Gard
Explore: Travel in ProvenceOur House in ProvenceProvencal Culture & History

A visit with friends to the amazing Roman Pont du Gard

Contributor blog post by Michel: Our favorite Roman ruin in the South of France is the Pont du Gard, the aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River in the Gard Department of Languedoc-Roussillon about 60 km (37 miles) from our home in Sablet, between Remoulins and Uzès. The Pont du Gard …

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Tribute Antibes HMS Unbroken
Explore: Travel in ProvenceJemma - French LessonsProvencal Culture & History

WWII: Antibes’ 75th Tribute for HMS Unbroken

Contributor blog post by Jemma: It is a time of anniversaries. World War I’s centennial commemorations have dotted the globe. Canada celebrated its 150th. Even Lolo’s summer camp in the woods of Ontario proudly handed out t-shirts with “100” on them. World War II anniversaries cannot yet claim three digits. …

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