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Provence, October, 2014

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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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Avenue Nicolas II, 06000 Nice, France
Located in the center of Nice, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral is a must visit during your stay in Nice. The architecture is very stand out from the rest of the buildings in the city. It's a quiet area surrounded by tall trees. While you are...
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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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13260 Cassis, France
The fastest way to get to Cassis from Avignon is to take the A7 straight down to A8-A52 before getting onto D559 (Route Pierre Imbert) that will lead you into Cassis. During our visit to Provence we happened to stay in a place run by local folks...
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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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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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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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13260 Cassis, France
Of the dozens of calanques — limestone cliffs and inlets — tracing the Mediterranean shoreline between Cassis and Marseille, the Calanque d'En-Vau is the most beautiful. On any given day from May through September, the beach and the calanques are...
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06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
We found ourselves wandering the quiet streets of Villefranche-sur-Mer on a quiet Sunday morning. It was the first stop on our 7-night Mediterranean honeymoon cruise and, while our other passengers bused off to Nice or Monte Carlo, we found...
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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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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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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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Place Massena, Nice, France
The popular shopping center in Nice is at the Place Massena. You will know you arrived there when you stepped on the checkered tiles. From there, you can explore the near by streets for more stores as well. The better part is that the tram goes...
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Nice, France
On our recent trip to France we had the best ice cream we’ve had. Ever. Anywhere. We chanced on Fenocchio while we were driving along the French Riviera. On probing a couple of locals, we found out that it is something of an institution in Nice....
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06320 Cap-d'Ail, France
I took a bus from my hostel in Nice to this little town called Cap D'ail. Across from the bus station I saw a sign for what seemed like a trail. I crossed the road and down the stairs, through a tunnel and voila, discovered a path that hugs the...
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84160 Cucuron, France
We were staying in the tiny nearby village of Vaugines, which had only a small café. Our apartment host suggested Cucuron as a nearby place with more dining options and we were blown away by its beauty. In late September there were few tourists,...
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158 Avenue de Verdun, 06360 Èze, France
As if St. Paul-de-Vence in the Provence region of France wasn't charming enough, enter Parfumerie Fragonard, the most charming little shop with an array of items, from perfumes, to jewelry and clothes, to cosmetics and lotions. It's the perfect...
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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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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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1 Place du Général de Gaulle, 06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
The Riviera was a refuge for many artists during the war, and when the owners of La Colombe d’Or in St. Paul de Vence exchanged meals for works of art, they eventually found themselves with a world-class collection. Today, pieces by Fernand...
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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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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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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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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...
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06360 Èze, France
This 14th century hilltop town was truly the highlight of my tour of Southern France. After the bustling cities of Nice and Marseille, this stone artist's haven not only gave a fantastic view of the Mediterranean, but also provided great shopping...
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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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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.
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Route Neuve, 84220 Gordes, France
Gordes is one of those perched villages in Provence. A quintessentially beautiful village - essentially empty when we visited in March. Every turn in the village was picture postcard perfect including this path we stumbled upon on the way to our...
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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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Quai ST Pierre (billetterie, repère sur carte), 5 Rue Jules Simon (siège social), 13260 Cassis, France
Seriously, get on a boat!! We're on a road trip of the southern coast of France, and our next stop is in Cassis. We went to the super cute port town and booked a tour on the spot to take us through the Calanques. It's probably not the first thing...
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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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06360 Èze, France
One of the most beautiful villages along the French Riviera, Eze Le Village is worth the short trip from Nice. Stroll the cobblestone lanes, stone homes, small gardens, little alleyways, cafes, restaurants and galleries.
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1 Rue Fontaine d'Amont, 83440 Seillans, France
This is a very nice venue for dinner both historical and with water chilled wine. The fare was worth the effort as well. Nice view of the valley. Seillans it's a quiet, small, and interesting village.