Provence & Cote d'Azur
Lavender Field in Provence
The sun always seems to be shining on Provence.
Villages like Aix, Apt, Carpentras, and Saint-Didier entice
visitors and residents alike with markets that seem like casual
open-air monuments to the earth's bounty. But Provence offers more
than landscape and cuisine alone. Visit the ancient city of
Avignon, for example, and you'll see spectacular centuries-old
buildings, including the Palais des Papes, built in the 14th
century after Pope Clement V left the Vatican to establish a papal
seat here. Nearby Nîmes safeguards spectacular Roman ruins.
Port Vauban in Antibes
The Côte d'Azur also possesses another, equally
romantic name: the French Riviera. No term more
immediately conjures alluring images of jet-set privilege,
gathering during the day to play along beaches filled with scantily
clad goddesses and gods and to shop in exclusive boutiques; and at
night to mingle leisurely in haute cuisine restaurants or play
thrilling casino games of chance in towns strung like pearls along
the Mediterranean shore.
Alpes de Haut Provence (04) | Hautes Alpes (05) |
Bouches-du-Rhône (13) | Var (83) | Vaucluse(84) | Alpes Maritimes