Perfectly Provence Travel Tips by Master of Wine
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We asked Elizabeth to share her Perfectly Provence moments with our readers:
The more remote villages away from the busy coastline
The region outside of the few months of summer – spring, fall and winter are beautiful
The fascinating, but overlooked, history of the region, which has fashioned a complex heritage
The two chickpea dishes socca and panisse from Nice
Petite farci (little, stuffed vegetables)
In Provence make sure to try aioli, truffles and brandade
Near Nice: come up to the National Park of the Mercantour, where I live for the beautiful alpine walks, wildlife and fresh air. In summer months, the climate is perfect and in winter there is snow.
Take a hike on trails near the Massif de la Sainte-Baume the large hills that rise behind Bandol and Cassis. The ridgeline is frigid in winter; there are still icehouses on its peak from when they were used to supply ice to Toulon and Marseille. The mountain range is beautiful, wild and a bit isolated yet near enough to civilisation to enjoy excellent hotels and restaurants.
Accept the slower pace of life and don’t try and be busy and efficient – you will only get frustrated! There is a quality of life here that is a little slower than in cooler climates.
Image credits: all photos were provided by and published with the permission of Elizabeth Gabay