Roman Pont du Gard
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A visit with friends to the amazing Roman Pont du Gard

Contributor blog post by Michel: Our favorite Roman ruin in the South of France is the Pont du Gard, the aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River in the Gard Department of Languedoc-Roussillon about 60 km (37 miles) from our home in Sablet, between Remoulins and Uzès. The Pont du Gard …

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Tribute Antibes HMS Unbroken
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WWII: Antibes’ 75th Tribute for HMS Unbroken

Contributor blog post by Jemma: It is a time of anniversaries. World War I’s centennial commemorations have dotted the globe. Canada celebrated its 150th. Even Lolo’s summer camp in the woods of Ontario proudly handed out t-shirts with “100” on them. World War II anniversaries cannot yet claim three digits. …

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Pont du Gard Kayaking Provence @PerfProvence
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Pont du Gard, France: Is it Architecture or Art?

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: Visiting monuments isn’t on the top of my sightseeing list; however I heard that Pont du Gard was a “must.” It is reportedly one of the most visited sites in France but, not until I saw it myself would I know why. It literally took my breath …

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Roman Barge Arles Museum Antiquity
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Discovering the Roman Barge and Other Treasures of Arles

The Roman History of Arles What’s 2,000 years old, 100 feet long and used to float? If you guessed a Roman barge, you win!  And you can see one now in the Arles Museum of Antiquity. Arles was once an important Roman town, a trading center with a major port. …

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Château de Duché Uzes
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Visit Uzés, France: Inside the Château de Duché

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: Any who visits Uzés, France is in awe of the Château de Duché. It’s the centre piece of the town and home to the Duke of Uzés — the oldest ducal peerage in France. If France was still a kingdom, the Duke of Uzés …

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Pernes les Fontaines Fountains
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Pernes les Fontaines Spend an Afternoon Touring the Fountains

It felt like we were on a treasure hunt. Armed with a map, and aided by a few directional markers our goal was to see all 40 fountains scattered inside the old defensive walls of Pernes le Fontaines. A visit to the village of Pernes les Fontaines, in the Vaucluse, …

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Saint-Paul-de-Mausole
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Vincent Van Gogh at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Contributor blog post by Michel: Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, many of them in the last two years …

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Beaucaire history Gard
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Beaucaire in the Gard Visions of a Different Era in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Beaucaire is a small town in the Gard department, located on the banks of the Rhône River and the start of the Rhône-Sète canal. The name Beaucaire means beautiful stone. There is evidence of a Gallo-Roman settlement in this hilly area as early as 11 BC. …

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Promenade des Anglais Nice
Chiara OrlandiExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Learn the History Behind Nice’s Promenade des Anglais

Iconic Promenade des Anglais The celebrated 7 kilometre coastal boulevard between the sea and palm trees offers superb views of the Bay of Nice and gives the city its unique identity. The openness and long span of uninterrupted path gives a sense of freedom and space that is found nowhere else. …

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Learn French ABCs
Ashley TinkerExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

How to Learn your French ABCs in 1896

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: I came across this document in a pile of papers in a French flea market. It’s dated 1896. I find details like this really indicative of their time and culture. For example, the imagery of a military hat, canon, soldiers, rifle, and sword are most …

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