St Remy is definitely one of my favourite places in Provence, if not my number one destination. The town is pretty and picturesque, and the old Gallo-Roman interior is circled by the remnants of the circular 14th-century wall and the protective circle of buildings. The centre has very attractive squares, ancient fountains, medieval buildings andContinue reading “St Remy de Provence”
For many people, a lavender field stretching out into the distance against an azur blue sky is quintessentially Provence. Certainly a trip in July won’t disappoint if you make sure you visit the right parts of Provence – such as the Valensole plateau and the area around Sault. Here are a few spectacular photos ofContinue reading “Lavender in Provence”
This fabulous five star hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and has all the amenities you’d expect from its luxury status – combined with unrivalled views of nearby Mont Ventoux. Rooms are all individually decorated and the design of all the public areas is extremely stylish. And the food inContinue reading “Hotel Crillon le Brave”
It’s one of the most iconic places in Provence but, even despite the large numbers of tourists, Les Baux de Provence deserves a place on any Provence touring itinerary. Between the cities of Arles and Avignon and close to St Remy, Les Baux is very centrally located. Make sure you get there early because byContinue reading “Les Baux de Provence”
I love exploring towns and villages in search of interesting doors and archways to photograph. Here’s a selection of some of the more striking ones I’ve found over the years.
Arles is a great place to visit if you’re travelling around Provence. Rich in history, Arles is home to numerous ancient Roman monuments listed by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Its famous bullrings, known as Les Arènes, were built in the 1st century as the principal site of the Roman games, and are today homeContinue reading “Arles”
The artistic use of wrought iron is one of the features of the architecture around Provence. Whether it’s on the top of church towers, part of intricate balconies or featuring in ancient gateways, wrought iron can be found everywhere. Here is a selection from all around the region.
One of the joys of a trip to Provence is a visit to the colourful markets that take place all around the region. Food markets are often held daily in many towns – they’re wonderfully fragrant places selling tempting regional produce from super-fresh vegetables and fruit to olives, honey and herbes de provence. And thenContinue reading “Provençal Markets”
The Gorges du Verdon, also called the Grand Canyon du Verdon, is Europe’s answer to the Grand Canyon. It’s a spectacular canyon that forms a border between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Var. Up to 700m deep, the 21-km-long canyon varies in width between 6 and 100 m at the bottom and 200 to 1500m atContinue reading “Gorges du Verdon”
I get quite a few people contacting me who are about to visit Provence asking for recommendations on places to visit and stay and favourite restaurants. A fair few are also interested in my suggestions for what to buy and bring back as souvenirs from the region. So I thought I’d write this piece onContinue reading “Shopping in Provence”