Hear about travel to Provence, France as the Amateur Traveler talks to Wendy Jaeger from blisstravels.com about her adopted home in the south of France.
Wendy says of Provence, “It’s stunning. It’s probably the most beautiful place in the world. It’s got absolutely everything. It’s got spectacular food, world-class wine. Every major Impressionist and Post Impressionist painter in western Europe either visited, painted, lived, or died there. So it has a remarkable art history to it. It’s got a long history. It is the home of at least three Roman roads, including the oldest one in all of France. It has unbelievable scenery, lavender fields, poppy fields, perched villages. ‘Why wouldn’t you go?’, is the question.”
We start in the heart of Provence in the Luberon where painters like Van Gogh and Cezanne endeavored to capture its beauty and legendary light. This is an area of vineyards, orchards, lavender fields and hill-top villages.
Wendy tells us about the very Provencal style of Camargue bullfighting where the bull is not at risk but the locals are. She tells of some of her favorite of the towns like the beautiful Saint-Rémy-de-Provence or L’Isle sur la Sorgue.
We talk about the rich history of the area which can be seen in Glanum (Roman ruins at St. Rémy), the historic center of Avignon, the Pont Julien, Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct), and the Village des Bories with their beehive shaped stone huts.
She tells us where to find some of the best markets including both antiques at Du Grenier markets (literally “from the attic”) or weekly produce markets with juicy peaches, fresh strawberries, cheese, lavender and more.
Art lovers can find museums like the Chagall and Matisse museums in Nice or better yet, artist walks that show you where different artists painted some of their most famous landscapes.
And of course we talk about food, because after all, this is France.
With special thanks to photographer Anthony Bianciella whose photos grace this episode.
Roman Roads in France (map)
The Luberon (the heart of Provence)
Historic Centre of Avignon (UNESCO)
Chagall Museum – Nice, France
Matisse Museum – Nice, France
The Course Camarguaise (Camargue bullfighting)
Van Gogh in St. Rémy
Glanum (Roman ruins at St. Rémy)
Place de la Concorde
Gordes (perched village)
Village des Bories
“Melon en Fêtes” in Cavaillon
L’Isle sur la Sorgue
Coast of Provence, Le Four des Maures
Olive Trees (Van Gogh series)
Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)
Le Grand Aioli
Chez Camille in Ramatuelle (near Saint-Tropez)
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