Mont Ventoux Protected Biosphere
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Mont Ventoux a Protected Biosphere for Cyclists and Wine Lovers

Between the intense month-plus-long heatwave and lack of rain this past summer, our planet is obviously not happy. There was a moment during the pandemic when the planet was given a chance to take a big breath of fresh air. But that didn’t last long, and we are back to …

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Villedieu a Vaucluse Village
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Head to Villedieu a Vaucluse Village for a Provencal Lunch

As long-time readers of Our House in Provence blog know, one of our favourite villages besides Sablet is Villedieu. It’s a small village (population 505), built on a hill overlooking vineyards, olive grows and pine trees near the Eygues River on the border of the Drome Provencale. Villedieu is located …

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LUMA Arles Art Centre
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Why Visit LUMA Arles Contemporary Art Centre and Urban Garden

The city of Arles is considered the gateway to the Camargue wetlands and Rhône River delta. It is the last major urban centre before leaving Provence’s southwestern boundary. In June 2021, LUMA Arles – an interdisciplinary creative campus – officially opened to the public in the former Parc des Ateliers. …

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Marseille Provence Gastronomy MPG2019 3956_Aix-en-Provence
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Our Top Ideas for Spending a Day in Aix-en-Provence

Situated in the Bouches du Rhône, Aix-en-Provence may lack Marseille’s waterfront and beaches, but the beauty of Aix more than makes up for it. A day is hardly long enough to appreciate a city that began as a Roman settlement over 2,000 years ago. But it is possible with our …

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Church of St. Trophime, Arles
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Provence Bouches du Rhône Romans to Modern Day

The Rhône and Durance rivers are like bookends creating fluid boundaries of the Bouches du Rhône (mouth of the Rhône) while providing irrigation for the department’s agricultural land. After an 800 km journey from its source, the Rhône Glacier in Valais, Switzerland, the Rhône River yawns lazily into the Mediterranean …

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Paul Cezanne Walking Trail Aix-en-Provence
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Paul Cézanne in Aix Smartphone App In Cézanne’s Footsteps

Since 1990, visitors to Aix have been able to follow in the footsteps of Cezanne courtesy of 3,500 markers on the pavements and footpaths, as he wended from home to studio to painting site and then to cafes in town after a long day at the easel. Now the Aix-en-Provence …

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Cruising Rhône River Provence S.S. Catherine
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Allure of European River Cruising the Rhône River in Provence

Luxury river cruising offers the best of what seasoned travellers want; stress-free, all-inclusive travel, dining, and daily guided excursions, all onboard a 5-star boutique river ship, while slowly plying Europe’s beautiful waterways. Rhône River in Provence On a very hot day in August, embarking on a European river cruise ship …

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Replique grotte Cosquer Marseille
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See Prehistoric Art in the Cosquer Cave in Marseille

In 1991, Henri Cosquer made a remarkable discovery: he found a grotto filled with prehistoric paintings. Even more remarkable is that the cave is only accessible via an underwater passageway. Diving Discovery Cosquer was a professional diver, leading underwater tours around the Calanques National Park near Marseille. He also dove …

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Nice Port Long Weekend French Riviera
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Coastal Walks Near Nice Along the French Riviera

Whether you arrived in Nice, France, by air, train, ship, or car, why not stretch your legs with a walk along the coastline? Generally, the following seaside walks are moderate and not too strenuous. Your reward with little effort is a collection of fabulous vistas. Coastal Walks Near Nice Maps …

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Villefranche-sur-Mer ©CRT Côte d'Azur, France, Camille Moirenc
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Why Villefranche-sur-Mer is Perfect for Walking

Seaside Villefranche-sur-Mer, with its sheltered harbour and long sweeping sandy beach, holds an enviable position on the French Riviera. Tucked between Nice to the west and Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat to the east, Villefranche feels like a small town. However, arriving in Villefranche by car takes a bit of …

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