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A travel journal to Provence by MagdaDH_AlexH

Pont du Gard Photo, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Languedoc Roussillon More Photos
Quote: Provence, mostly Vaucluse during a short and rather random section of our European tour of 2011.

Fortified Cite de Carcassonne and Lower City

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Attraction | "Imported Cones"

Fortified Cite de Carcassonne and Lower City Photo, Provence, France
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Our visit to the south of France was a bit perfunctory, and even half-hearted, I feel. I don't think we did, in sightseeing terms, the place much justice and instead we just treated it as a stopover of a few days' on the way from the Atlantic Coast and the Pyrenees to Poland. If anybody familiar with the routes in Europe starts questioning the validity of going form western France to Poland via Provence, well, we did and let me leave it at that. One of the reasons for such a route was paying a visit to our one-time couch-surfers who happen to live a rather serene kind of life with their three children in a little paradise-on-earth house among the vineyards south of Luberon. We stayed ther...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2011

Fortified Cite de Carcassonne and Lower City
Languedoc
Carcassonne, France

Pont du Gard

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Attraction | "Roman Arches"

Pont du Gard Photo, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Languedoc Roussillon
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Pont du Gard (Bridge over the river Gard) is an aqueduct bridge, built in 1st century AD to allow the 30-mile aqueduct supplying the water to Nimes to cross the Gard river. It is among the highest Roman aqueduct bridge, and among the best preserved. The three tiers of the bridge raise to nearly 50m high above the water level, and stretch across 275 meters. During the fall of the Roman Empire the bridge became neglected and the flow of water stopped eventually due to clogging up, but it supplied Nimes with water possibly even as late as the 9th century and it was used as a toll bridge across the Gard until a purpose-built road bridge was constructed in the 18th century. Clearl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 15, 2011

Pont du Gard
Crossing the Gardon River
Near Remoulins, France

Provencal Colorado Rustrel

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Attraction | "Earth on Fire"

Provencal Colorado Rustrel Photo, Luberon, France
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In the middle of Vaucluse, among quaint villages and wood-covered hills of Luberon, lie the communes of Roussillon, Villars, Gargas, Rustrel and Gignac, associated with the mining for the ochre clays the whole area abounds in. The ochre was mined there extensively for textile and household pigments and this continued until artificial pigments took over, though some mining still went on in Roussillon in the 1980's. Ochres are naturally found earth pigments, similar to umbers and siennas: clays that have been coloured by metal oxides (iron oxides in ochres) and vary in hue from golden to red. Ochres are the archetypal "earth colours", and the painters' yellow ochre refers to a brownish yell...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 14, 2011

Provencal Colorado Rustrel
Rustrel
Luberon, France

Etap Hotel Apt-Luberon

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Hotel | "Unexciting but decent budget option in Luberon"

Etap Hotel Apt-Luberon Photo, Luberon, France
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We stayed in many an Etap hotel in France (motel chain equivalent to the UK Travelodge and by far the cheapest option for a family of four). The one in the Provencal town of Apt, in the Luberon hills, was one of the nicest ones. Situated about a mile from the town centre it had a secure car park, a very pleasant courtyard with metal tables and chairs and a comfortable rooms of the Etap's new design where the old purple-and-blue colour scheme and severe and square iron bunk beds have been replaced by more rounded shapes with at least illusion of some wood and a cream and pale green colours which are somewhat easier on the eye.We had a family room which was (at least for an Etap ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2011

Etap Hotel Apt-Luberon
523 Voie Domitienne
Luberon, France

Mont Ventoux

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Attraction | "Windy Giant"

Mont Ventoux Photo, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, France
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Mont Ventoux – the Windy Mountain – stands alone to the north of Vaucluse Mountains and the Luberon, technically part of the Alpine periphery but very much on its own. Its characteristic white-topped pyramid (bare stone, not snow) can be seen from far away and as it's the highest mountain in the area it has been nicknamed the Giant of Provence. Mont Ventoux is 1,912m (6,273 ft) high and surrounded by much more moderately hilly terrain, so it's a great surprise to find that there is a road – in fact, a proper, tarmac road of good quality – that leads to the very summit. This was originally built to access the meteorological observatory (no longer functioning) in the late 19th century but ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2011

Mont Ventoux
20 KM Northeast of Carpentras
Provence

Dancing on the bridge

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Photo of Avignon, France
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Avignon, the French city of the popes (who resided here officially for almost seventy years, schismatically for another forty and ruled the city and the surrounding area for half a millennium) and of the bridge from the song known in various versions all over Europe, sits on the banks of the Rhone, surrounded by three miles of (restored) medieval ramparts. These are simply picture-perfect storybook fortifications, with round towers topped by wider, crenellated battlements.The old town is a delight to simply walk about, climbing onto the walls and wandering among the charming streets and alleyways of which many date to Avignon's medieval heyday. The medieval quarter is dominated by the gig...Read More

B&B Avignon

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Hotel | "Does what is says on the tin"

B&B Avignon Photo, Avignon, France
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France has several chains of budget motel-type hotels, of which the largest is the Accor-branded Etap. Another common chain is B and B hotels which operate on a similar principle but tend to be a bit more expensive. Despite the suggestion of the name, the breakfast is options and charged extra. We paid 56 Euro for a night in a four-bed room.We stayed in a B and B hotel in Avignon, or strictly speaking in the suburban area of Le Pontet. Both B&Bs (we stayed in Avignon 1, as there are actually two very near each other) is located in an out-of-town estate full of other cheap hotel chains (Etap, Premiere Classe and similar) and very US-style diners and amusements (our view was of a neon-li...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 15, 2011

B&B Avignon
326 Chemin des Petits Rougiers
Le Pontet, Provence 84130