French Riviera Must-See Destinations
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French Riviera Must-See Destinations on the Côte d’Azur

Join us for a road trip along the French Riviera to these must-see destinations. Welcome to the French Riviera, home to glamorous stars, sparkling water, parasols and beach loungers, and fabulous yachts. Evocative images of the Côte d’Azur exist in movies and reality. The French Riviera runs from Cassis (although …

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Beautiful Colourful Ochres Roussillon
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The Beautiful Colourful Ochres of Roussillon

Another Beautiful Village Friends and others headed to Provence often ask where they should go during their once in a lifetime visit to Provence. It is a hard question as most visitors have only six (6) days since they usually arrive on Saturday afternoon and depart the following Saturday morning; …

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Visit L’Isle Sur la Sorgue
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Markets and Other Reasons to Visit L’Isle Sur la Sorgue

Our first visit to the famous Sunday market in L’Isle sur la Sorgue was a nippy, blue-sky autumn morning. The summer crowds may have dispersed, but finding parking remained a bit of a contact sport. We got lucky. Why drag yourself out of bed to visit this Provencal town? Here …

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Arles Must-See Provence
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Why Arles is a Must-See City in Provence

Roman Arles On a busy summer day, visitors crowd the streets, restaurants and cafés of Arles wanting to see this “A-list” city and its Roman traces. During the Roman Era, Arles was an important trading center with an important river port. Barges with cargo from all over the Empire travelled …

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La Ferme Chapouton Grignan Village Drome
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La Ferme Chapouton in Grignan and Many Reasons to Visit

Lunch at La Ferme Chapouton We have made several visits to the village of Grignan in the Drôme Provençale, an area that falls between the Rhône River and the Alps north of the Vaucluse. A few weeks ago with friends Steve and Mary, we decided to go to Grignan, to try …

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Visit Avignon Festivals Food
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Visit Avignon for Festivals, Food and Popes

The Papal City Avignon is 40 km southwest of Sablet, snuggled inside ancient walls along the Rhône River. The largest town in the Vaucluse, Avignon is very old, full of history, art, music and activity. I can spend hours wandering the narrow streets inside the fortified walls without getting bored. …

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St Remy Hotel de Ville
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Our St Remy de Provence Lifestyle

For two decades, Gayle Padgett and her husband Ralph maintained a long-distance relationship with Provence. They often travelled to the South of France during their vacation time from US government jobs in Germany. As their retirement years approached, the “Where are we going to live?” question loomed. The couple chose …

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Where we Live Roquefort les Pins Living French Riviera
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Roquefort les Pins Easy Living on the French Riviera

After living in nine countries, Phoebe Thomas considers herself a career expat, “Where I was born doesn’t help clarify anything, it just complicates things! Born in Paris but moved when two weeks old so not exactly a Parisienne! Pure coincidence that I’m now married to a Frenchman and living in …

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Visit Seaside Cassis France
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Reasons to Visit Picturesque Seaside Cassis Anytime

Cassis is a picturesque town a little over 90 minutes from Sablet snuggled at the bottom of a steep bowl of land along the Mediterranean Sea between calanques (small coastal fjords with tall cliffs), about 25 km east of Marseille. Picture Perfect Setting The village of Cassis is set on …

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Truffles Visit Aups Provence
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Truffles are One Reason to Visit Aups in Provence

Reasons to Visit Aups: A Beautiful Location Located between the Mediterranean coast and the Alps, the village of Aups is at an elevation of 505 metres (1,657 ft). Considered as the capital of the Haut Var, this mid-sized town has a population of roughly 2200 residents. However, on a busy …

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