It does sometimes snow in Provence – I remember once driving from Aix en Provence to Sanary sur Mer when it started to snow heavily on the motorway, and feeling very relieved to get to my destination!
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”
I have to say that, for me, autumn is one of the best times to visit Provence. The summer hordes have gone but it’s still warm and everywhere is still open before their winter hibernation. And the countryside glows in the sunlight with shades of red, orange and ochre.
One of the great things about Provence is the variety of independent boutiques to be found in every town and village. Here are some of the more interesting shop fronts that I’ve come across in my travels in the region.
I love those steps and stairways that you find all over Provence – in front of stone houses or leading up from a street in a hilltop village and just beckoning you to explore. Here are some of the prettier ones I’ve found on my travels.
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”
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.