Visiting Provence the slow way is best

14 Nov

Provence is the perfect antidote to stress. Renowned not only for the startling luminosity that lured artists like Paul Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Mistral, Camus, Pétrarque and Vincent van Gogh, as much for its tranquillity and lavender scented hinterland that has a very calming effect. The scorched limestone blast of 30°C has a happy knack of […]

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Hidden Provence: Les Alpilles in the sleepy south of France

26 Oct

Les Alpilles, a limestone extension of the Luberon range whose ragged white peaks from afar boast the outlines of a great mountain chain; alas, few rise above 400 metres…arid limestone crenellations set against a brilliant blue sky. Olive and almond trees spread across the lower, south-facing slopes, pinned in place by the occasional line of […]

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Hidden Provence: Les Alpilles in the sleepy south of France

26 Oct

Les Alpilles, a limestone extension of the Luberon range whose ragged white peaks from afar boast the outlines of a great mountain chain; alas, few rise above 400 metres…arid limestone crenellations set against a brilliant blue sky. Olive and almond trees spread across the lower, south-facing slopes, pinned in place by the occasional line of […]

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What to see at Les Baux de Provence in Provence

22 Oct

Les Baux de Provence is justly classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France.You drive through wriggling roads between limestone crests to get there, and it’s absolutely worth the ride. In fact, the ‘village’ as such sits below the great limestone plateau on which the lords of Baux built their chateau. Les Baux […]

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How to spend a weekend in Angers in the Loire Valley

10 Aug

This buzzing city of more than 150,000 souls is highly regarded as urban friendly, full of fun, lively with festivals and street theatre. It’s certainly worthy of its accolade as one of the greenest cities in France. It also has a multi-era legacy of stunning architecture; a history that saw it as the pre-Revolution capital […]

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