Tag Archives: Provence

What to see in Les Baux

On my final day in Provence, I headed to another hill town, Les Baux. Again, I took the bus from Avignon, passing St. Remy and continuing along narrow switch-back roads until being dropped at the foot of Les Baux. The … Continue reading

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What to see in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: Part One

A visit to this pretty little town was one of my chief motivations for visiting this part of France. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is known as “The Venice of Provence” because of the way it is encircled by the river that gave the … Continue reading

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What to see in Gordes

Next in my list of places to visit in Provence was Gordes, one of the best known hilltop villages in the region, and one of the most beautiful in France. It was a little harder to get to; I took one … Continue reading

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La fête des bergers

Le pastrage, or la fête des bergers (lah fet day bersjair), which means “the shepherds’ celebration”, is a rural Provence tradition celebrated on December 24. The word pastrage comes from pastre, “shepherd” in the Provençal language. In honor of the … Continue reading

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L’essence de toute intelligence est de connaitre et d’aimer

Several years ago, I developed a serious case of envy for the life of author Vicki Archer. In My French  Life, Archer recounts the story of her family’s move from Australia when they purchased a 17th century mas, or farmhouse, … Continue reading

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Festoyer

As summer winds down, it’s not too late to squeeze in one last trip. Saint-Paul-de-Vence is one of the most visited villages in Provence. It became famous thanks to French stars Simone Signoret and Yves Montand in the 50s. This … Continue reading

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Vivre en Provence

Soon I’ll be heading to the south of France with a group of students. So Living in Provence-Vivre en Provence (vivruh ehn provahnse), by Barbara and René Stoeltie, caught my eye. The husband (photographer) and wife (writer) team have been … Continue reading

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