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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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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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4 Rue Beauvau, 13001 Marseille, France
Despite a recent overhaul, this 19th century hotel and former artist hangout in Marseille has retained not only its classic charms – antique furnishings and Provençal fabrics in each of the beautifully-appointed 73 rooms – but its inimitable views...
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12 Rue de Sainte-Cécile, 84580 Oppède, France
Oppede-le-Vieux is a hidden treasure in Provence that so many visitors miss and I'd encourage you to put it (and a stop at this enchanting little cafe) on your must-see list. Due to the design of this hilltop town, you'll have to park in a...
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5 Route de Pégomas, 06130 Grasse, France
Grasse is a picture-perfect village nestled in the French Alps. It has been the perfume capital of the world since the eighteenth century. We visited Grasse while driving along the French Riviera. The village is only 20 kms away from Cannes and 40...
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Avenue de la Burlière, 84220 Roussillon, France
Lucky enough to see this for the 3rd time in my life and hoping to return for more: blooming lavender fields in Provence. This one came up just as we approached Roussillon from the south. We noticed all the cars parked on the side of the street...
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36 Rue Gaston de Saporta, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
This café, settled in the best people-watching location on Rue Gaston de Saporta, is absolutely my favorite place in Aix, maybe even the world. Get there early on a weekday morning, as their outdoor seating makes for an amazing place to watch the...
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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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Rue Espariat, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
The early morning suns pours down the Rue Espariat. While the tourists are still sleeping a local office worker kick-starts her day with a café.
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Aix-en-Provence, France
While traveling through Provence, we stopped in a local village to buy some wine, baguettes, fromage and variety of tapenades and fresh fruit to enjoy while taking in the view of the French countryside.
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1 Place du Thouron, 83440 Seillans, France
La Gloire de mon Père is a sweet little family-run restaurant in this movie-set like "place" centered around an exuberant fountain under gorgeous old oak trees. The food was great, the service was patient (we had a few kids in tow), our fellow...
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2 Place Bellegarde, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
For the entire time I was in France, no one I knew could recall the actual name of this place, and instead knew it simply as “the place with the amazing steak frites.” Steak frites – hamburger, vegetables, sauce, and fries in a demi-baguette (not...
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Place de la Major, 13002 Marseille, France
We'd just made our way out of the winding alleys of Le Panier, a charming neighborhood in Marseille, when we had a close up encounter of the beautiful Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille (Marseille Cathedral). Afterward, we made the short...
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84220 Gordes, France
The hilltowns of Tuscany may be more famous, but the hilltowns of the Luberon in Provence are equally stunning. One of the prettiest is Gordes. Explore this region by staying in Gordes or nearby Isle Sur La Sorgue. What an spectacular region of...
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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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7 Prom. Robert Laffont, 13002 Marseille, France
This contemporary landscape and park rests atop an ancient castle known as Fort St Jean- forming a dynamic entry plaza for the new Museum of Civilizations. The Museum and building architecture are fantastic, but the park setting and views are...
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7 Prom. Robert Laffont, 13002 Marseille, France
Marseille, one of the oldest cities in France and has been Designated as European Capital culture. This amazing building is "The MuCem" ,the first major national museum dedicated to Mediterranean civilizations.Accessible to everybody and with a...
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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...