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The lure of warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine are reasons enough for many to head towards the Mediterranean in the south of France. Then it becomes a bit more complicated to decide between the main areas of Provence and the French Riviera.Many choose Provence mainly because of the Romans. Yes strange as it may seem it is the legacy of the Roman occupation of large swathes of the South of France and Provence in particular which attracts visitors from all over the world to Provence as it has some of the best preserved feats of roman engineering...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015



Holiday events in Provence 2013. Our selection of the best of what is on in Provence this summer.In February there is the annual contemporary dance festival in Avignon, The Hivernales. At the Parc des Expositions the Avignon Motor Festival is held in March. The French love of cartoon books both adult and for children is reflected in the Festival de la Bande Desinee in Aix en Provence from the end of March to end April at the Musee Granet, Cite du Livre and other locations around the city.Fun and games are the theme in May at the annual Aix en...

Friday, July 26, 2013



Frieda Burda Exhibition in Aix en Provence has just two weeks to run.The Musee Granet in Aix en Provence has a unique exhibition derived from the Frieda Burda collection running until the end of September.So if you are on holiday in Aix en Provence don't miss out on this unique opportunity to view one of the worlds greatest private art collections.The Musee Granet is located in the heart of the historic city of Aix en Provence in the south of France, a French cultural hotbed.We have a fine selection of holiday accommodation in the south of France...

Monday, September 24, 2012



Aix en Provence festival 2012 started on the 5th July and runs through to the 27th July.The festival d’Aix is a very popular annual event which encompasses classical music and opera at the highest level with the new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp showcasing this year. Aix en Provence is in my opinion not only one of the most beautiful cities in France but it is very French in the best way and combines modern with old to perfection, it is both a class place and a fun city, full of youth and vibrancy. You will always find street musicians...

Thursday, July 12, 2012



Avignon festival gets under way and the new French president Francois Hollande will be attending at the weekend.The Festival d’Avignon is a huge event which encompasses all sorts of art forms including music, dance and especially theatre. Avignon is something of a bastion of French theatre shows and there is multitude of small theatres tucked away in the backstreets.For full details of what’s on when and how to get tickets see festival-avignon.com This 66th edition of the Avignon festival runs from 7 July to 28 July and provides a unique...

Monday, July 09, 2012



Luberon Natural Park is one of the beauty spots of Provence and it attracts visitors from all over the world.The Parc naturel regional du Luberon encompasses a range of low lying hills (monts de Vaucluse is the highest at 1125 metres) which lie between the Alpes de Haute Provence to the west and the Vaucluse. The parc is an area of outstanding beauty with an exceptional, diverse variety of flora and fauna along with very attractive architecture and stunning countryside.The Luberon Park is a UNESCO recognized site within which the main towns...

Friday, February 17, 2012



Outdoors activities and sports in Provence, this is our guide to the range of sporting activities and outdoor pursuits on offer in Provence, France. A beautiful climate, along with the warm Mediterranean sea and some impressive mountain ranges provide an exceptional area for enjoying the great outdoors in Provence.Golf in Provence is well established, with some of the best golf courses in the world to be found in the area.The gentle sea breeze found on the coastal resorts and lakes is perfect for wind surfing beginners to learn and get the hang of...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012



Savon de Marseille is made in Provence and is one of the local produces found in the regions shops and markets.They still make savon de Marseille in the traditional manner and I must admit I was surprised at how faithfully the old traditions are upheld and at the skincare merits of real Marseilles soap.Savon de Marseille is made from olive oil, sea plants, salt water from the Mediterranean and alkaline ash when produced old style (a process which takes two weeks), it covers a vast floor area around 6 centimetres deep then is cut by an instrument...

Sunday, January 22, 2012



Pink flamingos are found wild in Provence, France which is a fantastic region for bird watching.The Rhone delta is a massive area of flat land right in the middle of the south of France and as the mighty river Rhone approaches the Mediterranean it generates large areas of wetlands frequented by a wide variety of wildlife. The Camargue is the area with the majority of the pink flamingo flocks in the south of France, here they are very carefully monitored and cared for, they thrive of the vast salt flats of the area.The Presque isle de Hyeres is another...

Saturday, January 21, 2012



Chateau de l’Emperi in Salon de Provence was once the biggest castle in all the Provence region, in the south of France.Back in the 9th century the first fortification of the Puech rock which dominates the town, took place. During the 12th and 13th centuries the castle became the largest fortress in the area and enabled Salon to protect the salt trade route which spanned the Mediterranean, Atlantic and the Adriatic.In the chateau de L’Emperi the archbishops of Arles reigned and so did emperors of Rome then the French Kings. During the French...

Friday, January 20, 2012



Holiday events in Provence 2012 will be starting soon. This social calendar of what’s on in Provence is designed to help you get the best out of your stay in one of our villas in Provence.The Hivernales is a contemporary dance festival held annually in Avignon. In 2012 it is on from 25th February to 3rd March.Also in Avignon it’s the annual Avignon Motor Festival in the Parc des Expositions 23rd to 25th March.The Aix Cartoon Festival takes place each year, from 26th March to 28th April 2012. The Festival de la Bande Desinee is held at the...

Thursday, January 19, 2012



Nimes in Provence has an astonishing Roman arena which is still used today for large concerts and events.Provence is an area of France where the Romans built some of their most impressive arenas, amphitheatres and aqueducts. You get the impression that they really liked the area and were intent on building a “little Rome” in Provence, France.I went to Nimes for the first time a few years ago to see a concert in the Roman arena. Having never been before we decided to make a day of it and spent a pleasant afternoon shopping and wondering round...

Monday, January 16, 2012



The Parc Naturel Regional des Alpilles, a beauty spot in Provence, in fact it is one of the most recently formed parks in Provence, France, launched in 2007.The Park Naturel regional des Alpilles was created in order to preserve the stunning countryside in the Alpilles, a range of limestone hills located north west of Salon en Provence. Included in the communes and villages in the Parc are Aurielle, Les Baux en Provence, Maussane les Alpilles, Senas, Tarascon and Saint Remy de Provence. The coordinates for the map of the park are 43° 45′...

Sunday, January 15, 2012



Pont d'Avignon is a Provence landmark of national importance which has become immortalized in one the most famous French songs.“Sur le Pont d’Avignon l’on y dancer l’on y dancer tout en rond” goes the line which every French child learns in school or at holiday clubs. Somehow many a Francophile has also picked up the catchy tune.I was intrigued to see what the Avignon bridge featured in the song, which dates back to the 15th century, was actually like and went out of my way to see it many years ago. Its most obvious...

Saturday, January 14, 2012



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