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1901 Route de Sorgues, 84230 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France
Every guest room in this 19th-century castle (whose name means “small rocks”) overlooks the vineyards of France’s famous wine region, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, just outside Avignon. The kingly decor includes canopied beds, and...
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5 Place Gabrielle Andéol, 84190 Gigondas, France
A friend of ours in Avignon took us on an amazing tour of this small part of the Rhone wine region. It included lunch at l'Oustalet (restaurantoustalet.com)in the small town of Gigondas. We sat outdoors and had an amazing meal. The place settings...
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84250 Le Thor, France
Summer, mid-afternoon in the South of France--there's no better place to be than in the shade, cicadas singing overhead, taking a nap in a hammock hung from a medieval village-wall by a lazy, quiet river... My wife and I were visiting friends in...
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Velleron, France
Early summer in Provence--cicadas in the trees and lines of lavender stretching to the horizon under a Van Gogh sky...Clichéd it might be, but the setting is heady...
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26110 Nyons, France
Each year, in the southeastern town of Nyons, specialists, producers and aficionados gather to taste the 'Huile Nouvelle' or New Oil, the oil equivalent of Beaujolais Nouveau, a celebration of the new harvest. It's a fun affair, with song and...
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84220 Roussillon, France
Beyond the French Riviera are small towns and villages that you can easily explore if you have access to a car. One May, seven of us rented a car (yes we were cramped in a tiny French model) and we left our hostel in Avignon for a day trip around...
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84220 Roussillon, France
There is a small, rural village in Provence called Roussillon known for its large ochre deposits found in the clay surrounding the village. You can even visit the ochre quarry nearby, now unused. The village itself is situated on an ochre ridge...
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Les Baux, 84410 Bédoin, France
We were on a trip through the perched villages of Luberon. On the approach to one of these ancient hillside villages, Les Baux, we came across what looked like a limestone quarry made up into a museum. Upon entry we were met with the most...
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84220 Gordes, France
In the early hours of a summer morning I visited the Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque in Provence near the crumbling hill town of Gordes. It was completely silent, with not a soul about. A purple swathe of lavender cut a dash as it graced the old...
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Place du Château, 84220 Gordes, France
We cycled into Gordes under a banner of blue sky. Gordes looked like a scene from a movie with its stone parapets and buildings pressed like Legos into the verdant hillside; coincidentally, Gordes was the setting for the Ridley Scott fable, A Good...
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84220 Gordes, France
Modern travel by car has become a contest to get from point A to point B in the quickest amount of time. I lament the days I commuted to work by bicycle, or better yet, by foot. Given the vast distances in the United States not connected by safely...
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486 Chemin de Rhodes, 84000 Avignon, France
When we decided to spend some time in Avignon this past March, the hunt was on to find a hotel; not just a hotel, but the perfect place to stay. I definitely didn’t want to stay behind the walls of the old city as I had my heart set on staying...