Château de Duché Uzes
Barefoot BloggerExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

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
Explore: Travel in ProvenceOur House in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

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
Explore: Travel in ProvenceGinger and NutmegProvencal History & Traditions

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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Transhumance #StRemy @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Transhumance at St Remy de Provence: a sea of sheep

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Robin and I drove over the Alpilles to see the Transhumance pass through the town of Saint Remy de Provence. The Transhumance is when, in the Spring, the sheep from the southern plains are led back up to the cooler mountains to graze on …

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May 1st in Provence @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

May 1st in Provence: Arlésiennes et Gardians

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Le Fête des Gardians is the annual festival in Arles celebrating the lifestyle and traditions of the gardians (basically the French version of cowboys that rear bulls for delicious daube provençal). There’s an enormous parade, blessings of the animals, a queen is elected and …

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Historical Marseille Photos Vieux Port
AixcentricExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Discover Historical Marseille – What Lies Beneath Ground?

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The tourists sitting in the sun outside cafés in the Place aux Huiles and the Cours Estienne d’Orves probably don’t realise that they are perched above an ancient system of canals that dates back at least to Roman times. I am indebted to the website …

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Jean Moulin in Provence History of the Resistance @PerfProvence
Explore: Travel in ProvenceKeith Van SickleProvencal History & Traditions

Discover the Women of the French Resistance in the Alpilles

There was a very interesting talk in St.-Rémy-de-Provence the other night, about women in the French Resistance.  It focused particular attention on St.-Rémy, where I live part of the year. The talk was organized by the local historical society and featured two historians who specialize in the subject.  The event …

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