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The Provençal Dream
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Luberon

LandscapeThe Provençal landscape juxtaposes cultivated fields with the stony "garigue". A landscape devoted since ancient times, to both pasture and food production, it still reflects the Roman habit of planting trees in both vineyards and wheat fields.

"The cyprus occupies all my thoughts : its beauty of line and proportion, remind me of an Egyptian obelisk and the green has a very distinctive quality : a splash of black in a sun-filled landscape" (Van Gogh).

The reputation of the Luberon is second to none. It is a magical place containing many colourful and historic Provencal villages situated between its rivers and mountains yet it is an area easily accessible from Marseille airport (1 1/2 h) , or by TGV from Paris to Avignon (3 h).

Head- Explore the villages nestled on the slopes of the Luberon hills!

Bonnieux drowsing under its tiled roofs a village dominated by ancient cedars that frame the the church spire.

Discover Ménerbes in the footsteps of Peter Mayle who describes it so vividly in his books.

Break your journey in Lacoste where the terrible repression of the Vaudois took place in gardens which later belonged to the castle of the infamous Marquis de Sade.

RoussillonVisit Roussillon, a village christened "Red Delphi" by Jean Vilar, with its amazing outcrops of red ochre and vivid green pines all set against a deep blue sky! Enjoy the enchantment of this mix of colour and light that floods the narrows streets between picturesque houses, bringing to the life the scenes of the "Crèche Provençale"!

Red ochre columneEnjoy a stroll in the ochre quarries, under a blue sky, admire the columns and strange constructions of this mini Colorado!

AbbeyMeditate in the Cirstercian Abbey of Sénanque deep in a magical valley through which the Sénancole river once flowed.

 

Isle sur la Sorgue
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Roue et pont sur la SorgueRue étroite et église en fondEnjoy Isle sur la Sorgue situated a few miles east of Avignon. This picturesque mediaval town is known as the the "Little Venice of Provence" and is famous both for its magnificient river and for its numerous art galleries, Antique shops markets. These markets are open each week and with special Antiques Fairs at Easter, mid August and at the end of October when stands cover the whole town! Now go to our photographs galery and Provence markets

Avignon
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Palace of the popesLes remparts d'AvignonMarvel at the mix of old and new in Avignon, a city richly deserving its status as a European Cultural Centre. Its historic Palace of the Popes, its famous bridge as well as its theatres, museums, art galleries, opera house. And varied shops and fashionable boutiques are all easily accessible.

 

The famous Avignon bridge

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