Provence is located in the southeastern region of France, approximately eight hours away from the city of Love, Paris. If you’re in France, it’s worth the trip over to see Provence, the beautiful area that was documented famously in Peter Mayle’s book, A Year in Provence. The author tells his journey of moving to a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs.

Provence is a nice place to visit and, just like Mayle, you may even want to live there and there’s good reason why. First let’s start with the amazing produce and food in the Provencal weekly markets where you can find fish, bread, pastries, olive oils, wine and fruits. Then there’s the beauty of the area, with its lavender fields and sunflowers, olive groves, and vineyards. Speaking of beauty, you must see the Senanque Abbey, Gordes but you must visit this particular attraction between June and August when the lovely lavenders are in bloom. Here you can see the lavender tours and it’s been said that lavender is the soul of Provence, and its Valensole Plateau where you can see most of the lavender fields.

This beauty has been an attraction to some of the most amazing writers and artists of our time including Picasso, Matisse and Chagall.

In Aix-en-Provence, it is Cezanne’s life and work that is celebrated at his former studio.

There’s so much more to see in the area including Pope’s Palace, Avignon, also called Palais des Papes, which was the residence for six popes and is one of the world’s largest and most important gothic buildings.

Provence is also about the arts and it is festival season in the summer, so be sure to catch one while you are there too. You have your pick, including Festival d’Avignon, Orange’s celebration of opera, Choregies d’Orange; and a citywide international photography exhibition in Arles, the Rencontres.

Whatever the reason is that you are visiting Provence, France doesn’t matter. You’re here enjoying the beauty, food, culture and art that the area offers. Contact your travel agent to arrange your vacation details.

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