Fascinating Medieval History Apt
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocals Travel Tips

How Would you Spend a “Perfect” Day in Apt?

In 2018, Jen and Chris Mallon sold everything and moved from England to Apt in the South of France. It was a quick move. They decided to relocate in June and arrived in France at the end of September. They left their jobs, sold a house, put everything into storage …

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Luberon Mines De Bruoux
ExploreJulie WhitmarshVillages Towns and Cities

Ochre Exploration Luberon Mines De Bruoux near Gargas

I have a confession to make. It’s been over 30 years since we first visited the area and over five (5) years since buying the house here, yet I hadn’t seen the incredible Mines de Bruoux, at nearby Gargas, until recently. Incredible Mines de Bruoux Typically when Ochres are mentioned, …

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St Remy Musee des Alpilles, side entrance
ExploreGayle PadgettVillages Towns and Cities

Sites and Birds: Interesting Walks in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Mother Nature jumped the gun this year, often bringing brilliant azure skies and near-balmy weather well before spring officially arrived. The tantalizing temps make bundling up unnecessary when my husband and I head outside to elevate our heart rate with a nature walk. And with the expansive Parc Naturel Regional …

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Bonnieux a Great Place for a Day in the Luberon

Discovering Bonnieux Our family first visited Bonnieux during a week in Provence in early June 2003. We stayed in a nearby village and spent a few hours in Bonnieux one afternoon. The Luberon truly captivated all three of us. The following year we returned for a longer stay—six-and-a-half months—renting a …

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Visit Nyons Thursday Market
ExploreOur House in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Visit Nyons on Thursday for the Market and More

We arrived at our Sablet home last Tuesday after being away for five (5) months. Unfortunately, we arrived too late to shop at the weekly market in Vaison-la-Romaine, which, as faithful readers know, is our very favourite market in Provence. On Thursday morning, we headed to Nyons just 28 km …

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Footsteps of Paul Cézanne Aix
ExploreVillages Towns and CitiesWilliam Adams

Walking in the Footsteps of Paul Cézanne in Aix

It’s 8:30 am and I’m walking west on the Cours Mirabeau toward the Fontaine de la Rotonde. The Cours is temporarily lined with wooden stalls for vendors working the holiday market — santoniers with their clay nativity figures, clothiers, toymakers, specialty food vendors, artists. The stalls are beginning to open, …

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Bonnieux
ExplorePaul ShawcrossRoad Trips South of France

How to Spend 2 Days Driving Around the Idyllic Luberon

Mountains, Old Abbeys, Pretty Villages and a Roman Bridge The Luberon in the Vaucluse boasts many charming villages, four of which are classified as Plus Beaux Villages. Moreover, there are wooded hills with plenty of good walking, great markets, excellent restaurants and a producer of quality wines—all in this relatively unspoiled …

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Alyscamps Roman Burial Arles
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Alyscamps the Roman Burial in Arles is a Must-See

Immortalized in Dante’s Inferno, Alyscamps, one of the most famous historical burial grounds outside of Rome, is a short walk from the centre of Arles in the southwestern corner of Provence. The day my tour group visited, there was no one else there except a few stray cats, and the …

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Avignon Rhone river
ExploreRenata HaidleVillages Towns and Cities

Why I’m Heading Back to Avignon, France

Back To France 22 months. 22 months of uncertainty and worry, of hopes that were dashed, of plans that didn’t come true. 22 months of maybes and if onlys. 22 months of a feeling I ended up calling traveller’s despair. The gnawing fear that France, like the rest of the …

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Nimes arena Amphitheatre
ExploreKeith Van SickleVillages Towns and Cities

Arles or Nîmes Where Best to Visit Roman Provence?

Roman Provence Way back around 50 B.C., Julius Caesar conquered Gaul (now France), and the area remained part of the Roman Empire for centuries. As a result, Roman ruins are all over France, but the best ones are in and around Provence. In fact, ‘Provence’ comes from the Latin ‘Provincia …

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