Look up as you’re wandering around any town and village in Provence and you’ll spot pretty wrought iron balconies, often adorned with pots of flowers. Here are a few I’ve snapped on my travels.
There are hilltop villages (or villages perchés as the French call them) all around Provence and behind the Côte d’Azur. From the numerous villages in the Lubéron (the most famous perhaps being Gordes and Roussillon) to the medieval villages to be found in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes such as St Paul de VenceContinue reading “Hilltop Villages of Provence”
For many, a holiday to Provence is synonymous with the seaside. And Provence certainly has a wide variety of coastal scenery, whatever your preferences. From the wide beaches of the Cote d’Azur to the stunning fjords of the calanques near Cassis or the red cliffs of the Esterel coast near St Raphael. Whether you’re aContinue reading “Coastal Provence”
In every village around Provence there will be at least one square with a stone fountain at its centre. And you could actually spend days in Aix en Provence trying to find all the fountains – it’s called the city of a thousand fountains. Here are a few of the prettier or more interesting onesContinue reading “Provençal Fountains”
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”
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.
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.
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”
In June you’ll come across the most magnificent fields of sunflowers in many areas of Provence. The swathes of these wonderful flowers are guaranteed to lift the spirits. One of the best places to see a sunflower display is around Arles.