Roman Road Excavation #AixenProvence Photo from official aixenprovence website
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More Roman Road Uncovered in Aix en Provence

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: It’s so fascinating that every time people start digging in Aix, they come up with remains from Roman times. And the latest to be uncovered is 50 metres of road near to the hospital. There is to be a new car-park for the hospital and a …

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Gaspard de Besse @Margo_Lestz
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Gaspard de Besse: Robin Hood of Provence

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Just like Robin Hood, Gaspard de Besse robbed from the rich (who detested him) and gave to the poor (who adored him). But while Robin Hood’s roots are shrouded in mystery, there’s no doubt about the identity of our French outlaw. …Continue reading here for …

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Mur de la Peste #Luberon #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreProvencal HistoryTrips and Tour Guides

Mur de la Peste a Rocky Trail in Provence’s History

Over 100,000 people (some estimates as high as 126,000) died in Provence between 1720 and 1722, including almost 50% of Marseille’s population some 46,000 inhabitants. All in the name of commerce. The Grand Saint-Antoine arrived in Marseille’s port on May 25, 1720, from Syria (previously Levan), the vessel was late, …

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Avignon city o the Popes @ShutrsSunflowrs
Caroline LongstaffeExploreProvencal History

Exploring Avignon the City of the Popes

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: The magnificent city of Avignon only about 70km from Lourmarin. Spend a day here and discover its rich and fascinating history. Explore the ramparts of its incredibly well preserved city wall, built in 1403, which like a ribbon round a cake, still circles the …

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Blue Chairs in Nice #Nice06 #FrenchRiviera @ToursofNice
Chiara OrlandiExploreProvencal History

The Blue Chair: Symbol of Nice

Like theTour Eiffel of Paris or the Big Ben of London, La chaise bleue has long been considered the symbol of Nice. The iconic chairs, as blue as the rippling Bay of Angels they overlook, are wedged in rows of 20 along the famous Promenade des Anglais. While in winter …

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Abrivado Bandido #ExploreProvence @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerCurrent EventsExploreProvencal History

Must See in Provence: Abrivado-Bandido

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: This past weekend, in our small town, there were constant animations of live music, parades, and lots and lots of bull running to celebrate Bastille Day. While visiting Provence, you must see one of these abrivado-bandido events. Before the weekend tall steel barriers were …

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Oppede le Vieux @CobblestonesandVineyards
Cheryl ShufflebothamExploreProvencal History

Oppède-le-Vieux Breathtaking Enchantment

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: Every visitor to the Vaucluse department of Provence must make the time to visit this raw, rugged, breathtaking jewel of the Luberon. Frozen in time, Oppède-le-Vieux enchants its visitors with its majestic position clinging to the side of the Luberon. …Continue reading here for more on Cheryl’s …

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Escoffier Museum @FibiTee
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A visit to the Escoffier Museum of Culinary Art

Contributor blog post by Phoebe Thomas: You don’t have to be a foodie to have heard of Peach Melba, possibly one of the most famous desserts in the world, so it was to the home of the inventor of this delicious dish that I recently went for my weekly museum …

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Saignon #Luberon @CobblestonesandVineyards
Cheryl ShufflebothamExploreProvencal History

Saignon Unspoiled and Stunning Hilltop Village

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: The tranquil village of Saignon perched high on a hill above the village of Apt is a quintessential French village. From the cobblestone streets winding their way past colorful shutters, intricate doorways, gorgeous fountains, an ancient lavoir (washhouse) to the rock of Saignon high …

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Malaucene #MontVentoux @ourhouseinprovence
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Malaucène a Gateway to Mont Ventoux

Contributor blog post by Michel: One of the great things about writing a blog is getting comments on the blog or emails from readers with suggestions for villages to visit or restaurants to try. That is why we headed to Malaucène one morning back in February. …Continue reading here for Michel’s full …

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