Travel Guides for Provence
Not only is Provence – Alpes – Côte d’Azur (PACA) a mouthful it is also immense geography and hard to tackle in a short vacation or even an extended stay. The following books are not guidebooks in the traditional sense, but rather a way to discover the best of the region based on these personal experiences.
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PJ Adams is a psychologist by day and a Francophile during all her other waking moments. Adams has published several books about different regions of France. Passionate about the country it makes perfect sense that these books are her “Intoxicating” series. Intoxicating Southern France and the Provence & Languedoc Spotlight offer quirky highlights and insights to the area. “Above all, it’s a guide to the delights of Provence and the Languedoc for those who journey here–or dream of doing so one day.”
Lynne Alderson and her husband split their time between the United Kingdom and the South of France. She launched her blog Aixcentric as an information resource for cultural and other happenings. Alderson has written two books with background details on some of the key figures and artists who lived in Provence. Please read our reviews of Aix-en-Provence, The Inside Story and Art in the South of France, The Inside Story.
The books are available for order via Lulu Press (links below) or at Book-in-Bar in Aix-en-Provence.
Georgeanne Brennan is no stranger to Provence. This author has published over 30 books. What more could this award-winning cookbook author possibly write about the lifestyle in Provence? Then along came Windows on Provence, Musings on the Food, Wine and Culture of the South of France published in April 2018, by Yellow Pear Press. Please read our review of this book here.
Jean-Pierre Cassely is a recognizable public figure in Provence and in the rest of France. Cassely worked for France 3 television for a decade and currently runs a daily France-Bleu Provence radio slot called “Provence Insolite” (Unusual Provence). More recently, Jean-Pierre Cassely collected curious landmarks in two guidebooks Secret Provence and Secret French Riviera.
Rachel Cobb is a New York City photographer with an eye for capturing nature in action. As Marti Schmit shares, “Most of us who have lived or even visited Provence have experienced the mistral, that riotous and mysterious wind that blows down the Rhône Valley, usually without warning.”
Mistral: The Legendary Wind of Provence is a collection of Rachel Cobb’s beautiful images of the Wind. She captures of this strong, yet an invisible force in photos.
Jean François Galeron is a photographer, based in Saint Etienne du Grès in the Alpilles. Since 1982, he has travelled the world covering Grand Prix racing events. In his downtime, he turned his camera lens to the slower natural pace of the Alpilles. His book Lumières des Alpilles, published in December 2016, is the result of a project he contemplated for 30 years. Galeron’s stunning images cover 212-pages. This book is a terrific souvenir or gift for some who loves Provence.
Where to find a copy?:
La Maison de la Presse in Saint-Rémy
La Presse in Eygalières
Office de Tourisme Les Baux de Provence
Lumières des Alpilles Facebook page
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Renata Haidle is based in Montana, but like many of us, she is smitten with Provence and the Côte d’Azur. French Riviera is her first book, it contains 92 impossibly beautiful images of the towns in the region. Available as an e-book on Amazon (or click the cover below) and on Apple Books. For print versions, please visit her website.
Virginia Johnson is a Canadian textile designer and artist. She returned to Toronto, Ontario after challenging her artistic skills in New York City for seven years. Whether you have been to the French Riviera countless times or have always dreamed of the place, Virginia Johnson’s Travels Through the French Riviera is an insider’s guide from an artist’s perspective. Johnson is a Canadian designer and illustrator. Her book is a compilation of years of exploration along the Côte d’Azur with her sketchbook and paintbrushes.
Co-authors John Walsh and Hanna Reynolds combined their cycling talents and love of France into France en Velo, The Ultimate Cycle Journey from Channel to Med – St. Malo to Nice. This book is perhaps more of a guidebook than the others mentioned in this article. The pages include beautiful photography, tips for things to see, places to stay and details on how to get from place to place on two wheels. Here, is our review of France en Velo.
Mary Kay Seales wrote The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera, after 17 years of travelling to the French Riviera each summer. Published by French Press Travel Books in 2016, the book is a collection of personal notes and photographs organized as a resource guide for the first time traveller to the French Riviera. The book focuses primarily on Nice and Villefranche sur Mer, but her suggestions are valid for much of the Côte d’Azur. Here, is the book review.