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34200 Sète, France
Sète is known as the Venice of France. Just like in Italy, there are canals and waterways that are maneuverable by boat and filled with industry, shops, and residents. A pedestrian-friendly city where we parked our car and were easily able to walk...
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16 Rue du Faubourg de la Saunerie, 34000 Montpellier, France
Planning a fromage pilgrimage? Make sure the tiny Crèmerie du Faubourg is on your list. Grab a wedge of the famous blue-veined Roquefort or the pélardons des Cévennes, a soft goat cheese. Owners Cécile Broquere and Nina Alaimo can also suggest...
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2 Rue Saint-Come, 34000 Montpellier, France
Olivier Bardou sells his geometric jewelry plus global housewares (Finnish ceramics, Japanese water tubs) in De La Luce, a 500-year-old domed shop. Visit in the afternoon when the sun creates an ethereal glow, and you’ll understand the name: luce...
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1-3 Rue de l'Argenterie, 34000 Montpellier, France
The surrounding Languedoc region was plagued by a reputation for producing cheap bulk wines until the recent arrival of craft winemakers. Find the best in Jean Guizard’s Aux Grands Vins de France, Montpellier’s oldest wine shop. Guizard, whose...
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A quick excursion by car (or a one-hour hike) takes you up Mont St.-Clair and its lookout for refreshing breezes and sweeping hilltop views over Sète’s canals, the sea and the enormous Thau Lagoon behind the city. The unassuming white Chapel of...
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Rue Gambetta, 34200 Sète, France
Following years of renovation, the historic Halles de Sète covered market is again the best place to sample regional foods, from fresh fish and cheeses to sea salt. Visitors can also take home a bottle of Noilly Prat, a local herbal vermouth aged...
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Aix-en-Provence, France
It would be hard to do better in Provence than in a city that is named after the region, right? Totally right. Aix-en-Provence is the region's most delightful, easily accessible and interesting mid-sized city, and its markets are not to be missed....
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One of the largest open-air markets in the region, the Marché de Provence is on the Cours Lafayette, a shady boulevard lined with nettle trees that begins at the harbor. Open every morning except Monday, this farmers market has stalls selling...
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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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Point Sublime, 04120 Rougon, France
There are plenty of country routes to enjoy in Provence, but the route through the Gorges du Verdon is very scenic and makes for a great road trip. One is really on edge here. The Gorge has an amazingly constructed two-lane road that hugs the...
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84100 Orange, France
Orange is a charming little town, located in the south of France. Although it may not be as sophisticated as some of the more tourist-driven towns and villages in Provence, it has one of the most well-maintained Roman theaters in Europe. It also...
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84800 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
A short train ride from Avignon to L'Isle-sur-la Sorgue and an even shorter walk from the train station to the market, you'll find the linens, lavender and soaps of Provence, some good brocante treasures, local art and plenty of good food. Make...
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11 Rue Brémond, 13260 Cassis, France
Whilst in Cassis, France, we were lucky enough to eat spectacular food every day--for every meal. It was a culinary journey like no other. Every night was a new meal, at a new restaurant. That is, except for the repeat dinners at La Cigale et la...
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Lake of Sainte-Croix, France
Driving in the mountains and seeing gorges in France is an unforgettable experience. Here is a beautiful lake at the debut of spring, probably just a little too cold for swimming in.