Roman Barge Arles Museum Antiquity
ExploreKeith Van SickleProvencal History

Discovering the Roman Barge and Other Treasures of Arles

The Roman History of Arles What’s 2,000 years old, 100 feet long and used to float? If you guessed a Roman barge, you win!  And you can see one now in the Arles Museum of Antiquity. Arles was once an important Roman town, a trading center with a major port. …

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Château de Duché Uzes
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Visit Uzés, France: Inside the Château de Duché

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: Any who visits Uzés, France is in awe of the Château de Duché. It’s the centre piece of the town and home to the Duke of Uzés — the oldest ducal peerage in France. If France was still a kingdom, the Duke of Uzés …

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Pernes les Fontaines Fountains
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreProvencal History

Pernes les Fontaines Spend an Afternoon Touring the Fountains

It felt like we were on a treasure hunt. Armed with a map, and aided by a few directional markers our goal was to see all 40 fountains scattered inside the old defensive walls of Pernes le Fontaines. A visit to the village of Pernes les Fontaines, in the Vaucluse, …

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Saint-Paul-de-Mausole
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Vincent Van Gogh at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Contributor blog post by Michel: Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, many of them in the last two years …

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Beaucaire history Gard
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Beaucaire in the Gard Visions of a Different Era in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Beaucaire is a small town in the Gard department, located on the banks of the Rhône River and the start of the Rhône-Sète canal. The name Beaucaire means beautiful stone. There is evidence of a Gallo-Roman settlement in this hilly area as early as 11 BC. …

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Promenade des Anglais Nice
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Learn the History Behind Nice’s Promenade des Anglais

Iconic Promenade des Anglais The celebrated 7 kilometre coastal boulevard between the sea and palm trees offers superb views of the Bay of Nice and gives the city its unique identity. The openness and long span of uninterrupted path gives a sense of freedom and space that is found nowhere else. …

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Learn French ABCs
Ashley TinkerExploreProvencal History

How to Learn your French ABCs in 1896

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: I came across this document in a pile of papers in a French flea market. It’s dated 1896. I find details like this really indicative of their time and culture. For example, the imagery of a military hat, canon, soldiers, rifle, and sword are most …

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Historical Marseille Photos Vieux Port
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Discover Historical Marseille – What Lies Beneath Ground?

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The tourists sitting in the sun outside cafés in the Place aux Huiles and the Cours Estienne d’Orves probably don’t realise that they are perched above an ancient system of canals that dates back at least to Roman times. I am indebted to the website …

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Jean Moulin in Provence History of the Resistance @PerfProvence
ExploreKeith Van SickleProvencal History

Discover the Women of the French Resistance in the Alpilles

There was a very interesting talk in St.-Rémy-de-Provence the other night, about women in the French Resistance.  It focused particular attention on St.-Rémy, where I live part of the year. The talk was organized by the local historical society and featured two historians who specialize in the subject.  The event …

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In the Footsteps of the Resistance in Provence
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In the Footsteps of the Resistance in Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: In the centre of the pretty village of Saint Saturnin les Apt is a peaceful square (home to the vibrant Tuesday morning market), and to one side is a small garden area that sits in front of a dramatic stone wall, which is a memorial …

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