June 3, 2017

The charming village of Grignan is only a 30 minute drive from our home town of St. Cécile-les-Vignes.  Dating back to the 11th century the village is dominated by a large chateau with fortifications built in the 12th century and a new wall and towers around the villag...

 We start this morning at the famous Palace of the Popes, in the vast esplanade where you could happily spend the rest of the day people watching and enjoying the street performers.  As its name implies, here stands the formidable Popes' Palace, emblem of the city and...

One of the best preserved of all Roman theatres lies only 10 miles away from our "home" in St. Cécile-les-Vignes.  It was built early in the 1st century AD.  The theatre played a large role in the life of the citizens of this time, as they spent much of their free time...

Today we embark on a journey to the top of Mont Ventoux.  Mt. Ventoux is a landmark in the Vaucluse region of Provence.  You will see it from most of our destinations as it rises to 6,273 ft. Luckily we will ascend in a car, not by cycle.  It is associated with very st...

The Luberon region is an area (230 square miles large) composed of 3 mountain ranges, the Lesser, Greater and Eastern Luberon.  The valleys to the north and south contain a number of towns and villages and agricultural land.

These villages have been a favorite destinati...

Saint Rémy de Provence

This elegant and charming town is one of the oldest in France.  After the destruction of the Roman city of Glanum, St. Rémy redeveloped in its current location.  One can see architectural heritage from the middle ages to contemporary times, and du...

This nearby city has so much to offer.  As we walk into the village you will see that it is market day.  Enter via avenue General du Gaulle and  a few blocks in you will see the Office of Tourism on your left.   Right at the Office du Tourism you will see the...

The village of l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (Island on the Sorgue) will be our destination on Sunday. This small town is famous for its many antique shops. There are over 300 permanent antique dealers and second-hand shops here. This gives the village the bragging rights as be...

Below are a few market tips to help the non-French speaker maneuver smoothly through the market…. (p.s. these are all based on personal experience!)

Situation 1 – You see a linen dress vendor and you’d love to try something on –

Make contact with the vendor and say ‘Bonj...

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