Discover Orgon Village Alpilles views
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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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Transhumance Provence
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Transhumance in Provence and a Hill-Top Village

Contributor blog post by Phoebe Thomas: Every year in early autumn in the Alps animals that have spent the summer grazing in high pastures are brought down to the valleys for the winter.  This movement of livestock is called transhumance and in many villages it’s the perfect opportunity to get together and celebrate; a …

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Witches Provence Halloween Cemetery @Girlgonegallic
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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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Main street Glanum #StRemy #Provence #History @PerfProvence
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Uncovering Glanum from a Pile of Rocks in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Nutmeg is reasonably certain she is not the first person to walk through the Glanum archaeological site, near St Remy de Provence, and consider that mankind is relatively insignificant in the passage of time. Ashes to ashes Dust to dust Rocks to rocks A previous G&N …

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Place des Precheurs @Aixcentric
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Place des Precheurs – Archaeologists to move in…

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: As is usual in Aix, any large-scale developments in centre-ville include the archaeologists; and the Place des Precheurs with its 2100 years of history will give them a fascinating opportunity to see what lies beneath… The Romans built their defensive towers and ramparts there, and …

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Fontvieille lavoir #ProvenceHistory Laundry @PerfProvence
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Provencal Laundry all Washed up in France’s Lavoirs

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Water sloshes against the sides of the shallow stone basin of the lavoir as weathered hands vigorously scrub at stubborn stains. Kneeling on their augets washerwomen exchange tidbits of town gossip as they work to brighten their laundry. Before communal lavoirs, washing was done at …

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Oppede le Vieux #Luberon #Provence @VaucluseDreamer
ExploreJulie Whitmarsh

O is for Oppede Le Vieux

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Some time ago someone posed the question on Twitter ‘What are your favourite 3 hill-top villages in Provence?’ Of course there are many to choose from, each having their own merits, whether it is Gordes with its beautiful Chateau, narrow streets and incredible views, …

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