Provence Travel Guide
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As you approach Provence there's a magical moment when you finally leave the north behind: cypresses and red-tile roofs appear; you hear the screech of cicadas and breathe the scent of wild thyme and lavender. Along the highway, oleanders bloom against a backdrop of austere, sun-filled landscapes, the very same that inspired the Postimpressionists. Yes, you have entered Provence, a totally enchanting place where café-sitting, people-watching, and boutique shopping are a way of life.
Accommodations in Provence range from luxurious villas to elegantly converted mas to modest city-center hotels. Reservations are essential for much of the...read more
You'll eat late in the south, rarely before 1 for lunch, usually after 9 for dinner. In summer, shops and museums may shut down, after their am hours, from...read more
Things To Do in Provence
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
See Vincent Van Gogh's Arles: Ever since the fiery Dutchman immortalized Arles in all its chromatic drama, this town has had a starring role in... Read more
Provence is market heaven. There are all kinds—foodie, collectibles, antiques, clothing—and there is a (often famous) street market in every... Read more
It was the light that drew Vincent van Gogh to Arles. For a man raised under the gray skies of the Netherlands and the gaslight pall of Paris... Read more
On a Sunday morning in the middle of the high season, l'Isle sur la Sorgue is assuredly the busiest place in France. Idle tourists fill the cafés... Read more
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Most of the towns along the northern coastline of France were destroyed during WW2, but there is at least one notable exception -- the town of Mers-les-Bains in Picardy, which displays one of the most amazing Read more
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She has always had a fascinated Read more
My wife and children (8 and 9) are traveling to the south of France in late June. Read more