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Traveling through Provence

Even though recent travels through Provence were devoid of blooming lavender and lush vineyards, the vistas were still stunning in this     beautiful and charming region of France.  Sweeping views of olive groves and snow capped mountain peaks in St. Remy de Provence.

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

The tiny town of Les Baux de Provence boasts a medieval castle ruin atop a rocky outcrop of the Alpilles mountains

Baux de Provence castle ruins

The 14th Century fortress of St-Andrè Villeneuve les Avignon as viewed from the Pope’s Palace

Fortress of St-Andrè Villeneuve les Avignon

A typically narrow street in Arles, France

Arles, France roof tops

The 14th century sprawling Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) in Avignon

Palais des Papes, Avignon, France

Wine figured prominently into the itinerary.  The wine cave at the Entre Vigne et Garrigue inn and restaurant in Pujaut, France

Entre Vigne et Garrigue wine celler

The off season afforded a private wine tasting at the Château la Coste outside the city of Aix en Provence

Château la Coste wine tasting

Designed by architect Tadao Ando, the main building at Château la Coste combines concrete, glass and water that interplay between interior and exterior spaces.

Château la Coste restaurant

Of course good food figured into the trip-It is France!  One of the many specialty markets found through out Provence.

Aix en Provence food shop

The after supper cheese selection at Entre Vigne et Garrigue

Cheese cart at Entre Vigne et Garrigue

The weekly Tuesday market in Aix en Provence epitomizes the Provincial way of life of fresh foods bought on a daily basis.

Aix en Provence market

The assortment of flowers was unimaginable as it filled the entire square.

Aix en Provence flower market

Even the cats have it good in Provence!

Cat nip in Provence

Mr. H says: When God begins to doubt the world, he remembers that he created Provence-Enjoy!

Marvelous Marseille

There was much to enjoy on a recent visit to the ancient port town of Marseille, France.  Considered France’s largest city on the Mediterranean coast as well as the largest French commercial port, this bustling city cultivates a relaxed feeling along its waterfront.

Marseille France

Wedged between the Garlaban and Etoile mountain ranges and the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is the second largest French city after Paris.

View of Marseille France

Notre-Dame de la Garde, which translates as “Our Lady of the Guard” has stood watch over the city since 1864.

Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille

The Byzantine-Roman style Cathedral of Saint Mary Major was built between 1852 to 1896 on the site used for the cathedrals of Marseille since the fifth century.

Marseille Cathedral of Saint Mary Major

Marseille Cathedral of Saint Mary Major

The arcaded galleries of the La Vieille Carité once functioned as a workhouse for the city’s poor.  Located in the old Panier quarter of Marseille, this Baroque style complex was designed by the architect Pierre Puget and was completed in 1749.

Marseille France La Vieille Charité

With its distinct ovoid dome, The central Puget chapel was erected between 1679 and 1704.

La Vieille Charité

A charming alleyway lead to an impromptu art gallery

Marseille art alley

Le chien loitering outside the patisserie

Le chien Marseille France

Cold beer can be found tucked into to surprising places too!

Marseille alleyway

Mr. H says: French is the language that turns dirt into romance-Enjoy!