Exploring Provence

The Ochre Cliffs of Roussillon

The Ochre Cliffs of Roussillon

I was lucky enough to spend almost a week exploring Provence in 2012- with wonderful memories of the wine, food and scenery.  Having read A Year in Provence and absolutely loved it, I was determined to go and visit- and so I dragged my husband along and off we went on a self-drive vacation- making Apt our central location (a small hotel downtown) and driving the countryside from there. France’s roads are for the most part well-signed, and although a bit narrow compared to North American roads, for the most part quite acceptable.  Be wary though of the areas through the mountains- hairpin curves about with not a lot to stop and unsuspecting driver going a little too fast!

Enough warnings- now what to see?  These were some of the sights in Provence we chose- listed in no particular order. You may choose differently…..be sure to contact me for information about any or all!

  • Verdon Gorge
  • Aix-en-Provence – Avignon – Saint-Remy-de-Provence
  • Wild horses and flamingos in the Camargue Wetlands
  • The ancient stone village of Les Baux
  • Cassis on the Mediterranean- a beautiful coastal town
  • Roussillon of the ochre cliffs
  •  The town of Uzès with the aqueduct – Pont du Gard nearby.
  • Gordes, known as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
  • Abbaye de Sénanque and its lavender fields
  • Marseilles……

Besides driving this area, there are small group tours that concentrate on the area.  If this is more your cup of tea, consider contacting me for more information- there are a number of options.

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