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13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
A sundial in the medieval center of St.-Rémy-de-Provence...Its inscription distills the allure of the South of France: "It is always time to do nothing." Relax. Find a hammock, sip a pastis, inhale the lavender-scented air...
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3 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
While on a trip to the wonderful Provence region of France, one of the best days was the day we visited Saint-Remy. It is beautiful in itself, but one of the true gems of the area is Joel Durand's chocolate shop. We had the honor of a private...
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Arles, France
Looking down the rooftops of Arles from the Arles Amphitheatre.
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Arles, France
Wandering through the narrow streets of Arles, France, was like stepping back in time. Everything felt so magical and surreal.
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6 Place de la République, 13200 Arles, France
This was a strong visual image for me illustrating the decline of church attendance in France. I remember thinking that someone could at least clean the cobwebs off the crucifix. The church seemed more a cold museum than a place of worship.
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400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France
A perfectly preserved Roman aqueduct, built in the 1st-century, with 4-6 tons of stone, supplied 9 million gallons of water daily, along a 31-mile system of canals, to Nimes.
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Route de Maillane, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
The ancient village of Les Baux sits atop a rocky plateau overlooking the Alpilles in Provence, France. The village is no longer active, but an attraction for tourists who want to see the ruins of the castle and the beautiful vistas. The most...
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13550 Noves, France
Noves is a small commune just south of Avignon. It resides in the Bouches-du-Rhone department of France and, as we found out, provides very easy access to the entire region of Provence. Being first-timers to Provence we did not know what to expect...
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13810 Eygalières, France
Eygalieres is an endlessly charming, Provencal town, tucked just outside of the Les Alpilles range. In all of those years living, working and biking through Provence, I found no more perfect place for an espresso stop en route to and from some of...
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Vallon de l’Arcoule (D78F), 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
'Benvengudo' means welcome in old, Provencal dialect and it's a fitting name for a hotel that will feel like home. Hotel Benvendgudo is a small, casual, boutique hotel just a few kilometers below the fortified town of Les Baux, in the Alpilles...
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11 Place du Forum, 13200 Arles, France
Once known as the Cafe Terrace, this is the place captured so colorfully in Van Gogh's painting of Place du Forum in Arles, in September of 1888. Still in operation today and now named Cafe Van Gogh, it's a lovely little spot to have your espresso...
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13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
Vincent van Gogh was a self-admitted patient at the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy from May 1889 until May 1890. During much of his time there he was confined to the grounds of the asylum, and his works are great studies of the landscape and...
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57 Avenue de la Vallée des Baux, 13520 Paradou, France
In a quiet little village south of St Remy de Provence you will find this gem of a bistrot. It's a fixed price menu with just a few options but all oh so delicious. A red wine bottle is open and waiting for you at the table as you sit down. It's a...
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13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
Giant images of beautiful art projected on every vertical surface of this interior space carved out of the mountain. It's like nothing you have experienced before. An amazing 30 mins show with a great soundtrack is featuring works by Monet,...
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51 Rue des Arènes, 13200 Arles, France
With a small chalkboard that posts the menu for the day, don't come to La Charcuterie for an extensive menu. Instead come for a small list of well prepared dishes, many consisting of the "less popular" parts of the animal. For obvious reasons, the...
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Mas antonelle le petit, 13200 Arles, France
On the marshy plains of the Carmague in southern France, where cowboys and cattle still roam, sits a most remarkable restaurant with a most unremarkable name: Chez Bob. Chez Bob, you say? Yes, that’s right—while at first blush it may seem as...
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Arles, France
Arles is a super quaint French town on the south eastern coast of France that is a "must see" if you're looking to travel to France and want to feel like you're "in France." Arles is one of the photogenic places that probably looks a lot like it...
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6 Place de la République, 13200 Arles, France
The cathedral and cloister of the Église St. Trophime in Arles are truly a must for anyone who appreciates art history and sacred spaces. The buildings were classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, a project on the Worlds Monument Fund,...
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Avenue des Alyscamps, 13200 Arles, France
The Alyscamps is home to one of the most famous sites of necropolises of the ancient world. Because Roman cities traditionally forbade burials within city limits, it was traditional for the roads immediately outside a city to be lined with tombs...
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400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France
This amazing ancient Roman aqueduct highlights the brilliance of the Roman engineers.
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13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
During a cycling trip through Provence, my group and I began our 10-day adventure with a journey up an 800-foot rocky plateau - also known as the village of Les Baux de Provence. The ride up the plateau was a gorgeous trek filled with scenic...
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13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
The landscape of Provence is a piece of art. It's no wonder that Vincent Van Gough was inspired to create over 150 paintings in Saint Remy in his final months. During a bike trip through Provence with VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, I...