When you think of Christmas in Provence, one word should come to mind: tradition.
Even from a distance, it’s clear to see that the Palais des Papes dominates not only the skyline of Avignon, but the space within the city’s walls as well. And after seeing it up close, you will be left with no doubt that it is the world’s largest Gothic palace.
It’s funny; for as well known and loved as Van Gogh’s Provençal paintings are, it doesn’t occur to many travelers that this same Provence is alive and well today – and that it is possible to find Van Gogh in Provence, if you know where to look.
The area between Lyon and Avignon in Provence is home to the Rhône Valley, the wine region that produces some of the world’s finest wines. Visiting the Rhône Valley from Avignon is easy and fun, and you can do it just for the day, or head out over several days to get a more comprehensive overview of this incredible part of France.
We’ve all seen pictures of the lavender fields in Provence, and it’s so amazing looking that it takes no time at all to add it to our list of things to do in Provence. But when it comes time to actually plan the trip, you may not know when to see lavender in Provence – and you worry that you might not be able to tick this experience off your bucket list. So, when can you see lavender in Provence? And if you’re traveling when it’s not in bloom, what else can you do that may be lavender-related?
Despite what you may have heard, Marseille is worth every moment of the time you spend there. But if you already have a full Provence and French Riviera itinerary, or if you’re simply pulling into port while on a cruise vacation, then your time is going to be limited. So the question becomes, how to spend one day in Marseille so that you feel like you’ve really visited. Well, here’s how!
A lot of people want to visit Provence, only to realize that “Provence” is not one specific place you can visit – it’s a collection of cities, towns and villages in the southeast of France. So the next thing you’re asking is, “Well, where do I need to go to visit Provence?” And the answer [...]
You think about a lot of things when you think about Provence – Provence lavender, Provence villages, Provence wine. But what about Provence art? The same people who flock to Paris for the art don’t consider Provence for the same reason. But they should!
Founded in 1947 by Art critic Christian Zervos and poet René Char, the annual Festival d’Avignon brings almost 200,000 people to this otherwise quiet Provençal town for a month-long series of artistic exhibitions and performances that have people talking for the whole year.