Provence Journals

Western Provence & Rhone River Delta

An October 2005 trip to Provence by nrf

Mas de Peint (Le) Photo, More Photos
Quote: South of Arles, on the ranch lands of the Camargue, is the estate of Jacques and Lucille Bon. This was our home for exploration of Western Provence

Mas de Peint (Le)

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Hotel | "Hotel le Mas de Peint"

Mas de Peint (Le) Photo,
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When my wife and I talked about travelling to southern France, Gwen reached into her voluminous clippings files and produced pages torn from Gourmet Magazine a few years ago. The article described Hotel le Mas de Peint, a hidden treasure at Le Sambuc, in the heart of the Camargue, Mediterranean land at the mouth of the Rhone River. Gwen was sure this destination should be be on our final list.Some 400 years ago, ancestors of Jacques Bon built a home on untamed land south of Arles. Jacques followed his family’s rice growing tradition but moved into breeding of sheep and cattle. Now, with architect wife Lucille, Jacques has converted part of the ranch to an elegant guest enclave. Eight bedroom...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2006

Mas de Peint (Le)
13200 Arles France
Provence, France
+33 (4) 90 97 20 62

Pont du Gard

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Pont du Gard Photo, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Languedoc Roussillon
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Forty kilometres north of Arles is one of the world's most photographed artifacts. Pont du Gard, built 2,000 years ago, was part of a 50km system carrying water to the city of Nimes. It was added to UNESCO's list of world heritage sites in 1985.Construction of the bridge was begun by the Romans around 40 AD. It is about 900 feet long and 160 feet high and is made of shaped stone, assembled without mortar. In the 18th century, the middle level was widened to create a road bridge.This structure is iconic. It is featured on 10-Euro paper currency and it was background in a series of television spots for the modern Volkswagen Beetle. The magnificent arches are pictured in countless tourist...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2006

Pont du Gard
Crossing the Gardon River
Near Remoulins, France

Les Baux de Provence

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Les Baux de Provence Photo,
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Les Baux de Provence is a small village about 20km northeast of Arles. Sitting on a rocky outcrop of the Alpilles mountains, it is today a tourist destination rather than an ordinary village. Nevertheless, the spectacular setting creates a worthwhile visit, many consider this one of the prettiest spots in France. Viewpoints here offer wonderful views of the vineyards and olive groves below and the plains to the south.As usual, this building site was chosen because it was defensible, high above the surrounding area. Les Baux de Provence was settled in early history and served as a base for powerful feudal lords of Provence in the Middle Ages. Many historical elements and architectural treasures...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2006

Les Baux de Provence
Grand Rue
Provence, France 13520
+33 (4) 90 54 34 03

Avignon

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Popes' Palace Photo, Avignon, France
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At the western edge of Provence, 35km north-east of Arles, is Avignon, another sun-drenched French city. It is perhaps most famous for Le Palais des Papes. Constructed on the Rhone River in the 14th century, the Popes’ Palace is the largest Gothic fortress-palace in Europe. It is a World Heritage site of UNESCO and is one of the most visited monuments in France.First developed by Celts, Avignon became an important Roman city. It passed through many ruling hands before purchase by the Papacy in 1348. The area stayed under church control until annexation to France in 1791. French born Pope Clement V had moved the entire papal court from Rome to Avignon in 1309. The papacy continued there unt...Read More

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North Vancouver, British Columbia