Arles Must-See Provence
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Visiting Arles for Art While Learning French in Provence

Jeannie and her daughter, Megan, joined Virginie for a wonderful French immersion week in Provence. They stayed in the studio Mas des Pins during their time in the region. Both mother and daughter are art lovers, so Virginie suggested visiting Arles. The text in English and French (written by Virginie’s …

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Rustrel a Luberon Village for a week in Provence
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Holiday Escape to Rustrel: Village Life in the Luberon Valley

We have featured many villages and larger towns from St Remy to Nice in our “Where we live in Provence” series, including other places in the Luberon. Perhaps missed by the typical tourist itineraries, Rustrel is a small Luberon Valley village worth visiting. We asked Beth, who owns a home …

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Provence Lavender Fields Tours
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Experience Provence Lavender Fields and Cultural Highlights with TripUSAFrance Tours

Visiting Provence’s famous lavender fields is truly what dreams are made of. It’s a magical, sensory experience. You inhale the earthy fragrance filling the summer air and see the rows of deep purple flowers dancing toward the horizon. Experience the lavender plateaus and visit many remarkable sites in the South …

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Rustrel, a Charming Village restaurant
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Explore Rustrel, a Charming Village for Your Luberon Itinerary

Famous for its perched medieval villages, Provencal markets, and vineyards, the Luberon Valley is a popular destination for visitors. The hilltop towns of Ansouis, Bonnieux, Gordes, Ménerbes and Roussillon are some of the beautiful stops on most itineraries. However, some villages receive less “foot traffic” but are well worth the …

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24 hours in Marseille Opera House
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

24 hours in Marseille Une Nuit at Maison Empereur

Deciding to go to Marseille for 24 hours, one night, we landed on November 1st as the best date for our schedule, but it is La Toussaint (All Saints Day), a public holiday (jour férié) and a busy time. However, we were lucky: the place I wanted to stay was …

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My Ideas for Enjoying a Few Days in Marseille

Below is a collection of things you can do while visiting Marseille. These are only some of my ideas for a day in the city or a few days. The list includes something for everyone from beachgoers to art lovers. Enjoy this fascinating city. Head to the Beach I was …

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Nice Beach views French Riviera
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Walking Tour of Old Nice Tours with a Lovely Guide

We only had a week in Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riviera, but we needed a lifetime. Born in Nice, Celine O’Donnell loves her city and has turned her passion into walking tours in Nissa la Belle. On a hot summer day, we joined Celine for a walking tour of Old …

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Gout et Voyage Best of Provence Tours
ExploreGuided Holiday ToursMartine Bertin-Peterson

Gourmet Tour of Provence Meet the Locals and Delight Your Palate

My Goût et Voyage travel itineraries strike the right balance between sightseeing, gourmet experiences and relaxation. Each gourmet tour of Provence’s includes many highlights yet allows flexibility for spontaneous exploration. Working exclusively with trusted local partners, these small group tours focus on culture and cuisine, including cooking classes, wine tastings, …

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Provence Lavender June Tour
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Enchanting Provence: Lavender Fields and Heritage Sites a June Tour

Mother Nature determines the exact timing of when the lavender fields bloom in Provence each year. However, there is a certain magic with visiting the region before the crowds arrive for summer. Typically, June is a lovely month to travel in the South of France before it gets too hot …

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Valentine's Day Provencal Dinner Menu
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3 Romantic Dinner Menus from Provence to Try

While there is no reason to wait until February 14th to show your affection, not acknowledging Valentine’s Day might not be a good love strategy. In France, la fête de Saint Valentin has historical and religious roots. In the middle ages, the belief was that birds started mating in the …

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