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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Guest Blog: Discover the Magic of Provence

By Nicole Noel, You can find her on Twitter and FB

Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne were just a couple of amazing artists that were inspired by the glorious Provence. The Mediterranean Sea, Cote D’Azur and the Alpes are all the amazing gems of this amazing place. However, gorgeous nature is not the only thing that makes Provence remarkable. This entire region is peppered by the beautiful and charming towns, which are swarming with the vibrant Provençal spirit. Here are some of the places that are worth looking into if you want to feel the Provençal magic.
Verdon Gorge

The Verdon river cuts through limestone, with its beautifully blue waters and end up in the lake Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon. This 25km long gorge promises fun times in the nature. You can go kayaking, hiking and even climbing those amazing limestone cliffs. It is possible to have a boat ride along the river, observing the remarkable cliffs and ending up in a gorgeous artificial lake.

Valensole Plateau

If there is one thing that needs to be said about this lovely plateau, then it is that all that lavender will leave you breathless. The gentle purple haze of Lavender flowers above the green fields and the heavy and soothing scent in the air will follow you everywhere in the Valensole Plateau. This region carries the name “the breadbasket of France”, so make sure you try the pastry and see if it justifies the name.
Isle sur la Sorgue

Quite near Avignon, this place is called the Island City. The Sorgue circles the city and the many canals go through it. This makes it a little bit of island and gives it certain charm. The whole town is full of lovely bridges and it carries the spirit of old days. A very specific and interesting thing about this place is that it gathers hundreds of antiques dealers. Explore their shops and find some interesting souvenirs.
Medieval Avignon

Once you finally go for that river cruise in France, make sure that your trip takes you to Avignon. This history packed town used to be a papal city in the 14th century. The remains of Avignon papacy are all over the place. You should find a nice wine cellar to enjoy the remarkable Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine.

When you think about France and history, you usually think about the medieval ages or Renaissance. However, Arles used to be a part of the great Roman empire and has an Amphitheatre. For it to be even more interesting – it is used even today. There are many cultural events held there, and at times, it was the home of bull fights. Also, this town was an inspiration for Van Gogh, so you can see a lot of interesting places in Arles, dedicated to this great artist.

It is impossible to see Cotignac and not fall in love with it. The charming and cozy streets are overlooked by the beautiful Les Tours Sarrasins. You can wander the streets and search for the special pastry named after the town itself. You can go hiking and even visit two amazing waterfalls that are in the vicinity of the town. On the other hand, you can simply relax at one of the cute cafes that are around the city fountain and enjoy the slow paced life of this Provençal gem.

Terraced vineyards are all around the beautiful Cassis. Pine forests freshen up the sea air of the Mediterranean. This wonderful town is located between the two great sights. On one side, there is Calanques that is made entirely from the white limestone. It is a small and remarkable inlet with clashing white and turquoise colors. On the other side is Cape Canaille. This is a huge sea cliff that is glorious to look at.
Provence really has it all. The food and the nature, the people and the quiet and slow-paced everyday life that brings happiness. History and culture also found their home here. Therefore, whatever you may want to see on your travels, Provence will have to offer in its own way.

Bio: Nicole is an avid traveler and a lifestyle blogger at HighStyleLife. She loves to explore different cultures and share her experiences with others. You can find her on Twitter and FB



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