I am VERY biased when it comes to talking about France. I was fortunate enough to spend three years of my youth in Paris, and have gone back several times on business trips as well as vacations. Those who know me have heard rumors of my wanting to retire

What I love about Europe is the architecture. One moment, you are walking down a street, you turn into a doorway, and the next moment, you are in a charming courtyard, isolated from the street outside. Depending on the city you are in, it can be a...
For those of you who are fans of Joan Baez, you have probably already heard of this theater in Arles. She sang a song about singing a concert here years ago, and so, being fans of hers, we went and created a VR from her perspective on stage.A few ...
Imagine munching on a baguette with cheese, sipping wine, and looking across the street at a Roman arena that is over 2,000 years old. For most Americans, something that old is difficult to comprehend. That's why God invented Provence!Built in the...
La Fontaine de Vaucluse is a spring that at times can be slow and meandering or a raging torrent. During the Spring, as many as 28,000 gallons of water per second flow as snow melt from the surrounding mountains gushes up from an underground reser...
During the Summer and Fall, you can generally be safe wandering off the beaten path as you hike along the banks of this river. The foliage, rocks, and views are well worth the extra effort. However, in the Spring when the water is flowing sometime...
Les Baux is a village in Provence with ruins of a fortress dating back hundreds of years. However, its place as a settlement dates back to 6,000 BC. Needless to say, there is a LOT of history here.Wandering around the tiny streets of the village y...
Would we have ever left the Middle Ages if ice cream had been available? Here in the midst of the ruins of Les Baux, you can have the best of both worlds. It's just the thing to have on hand while meandering the streets and tunnels and ruins!
In its day, the fortress at Les Baux must have been impressive. Its ruins still are. You can see here that it was carved into the existing stone, making the best use of the protection that offered. Today, you can explore the entire site and enjoy ...
As you can see from this vantage point, Les Baux is a perfect location for a defensive fortress. You can see in all directions, there are steep cliffs leading up to the summit, and when the invaders aren't pounding at the door, you get to enjoy th...
Towards the southern end of Les Baux, you will find the Eglise Saint-Vincent, (church of Saint Vincent). As with all of Les Baux, it is fascinating to explore - imagining the services that took place, the prayers that were offered up, the sanctuar...
While there is some disagreement over when these huts were built, the fact remains that for dry stone construction, they are quite amazing. Without using any mortar, these buildings have vaulted ceilings that have stood for at least three centurie...
There was a time when farm animals got nearly equal lodging as their owners. Walking through the Bories Village just outside of Gordes, France, you can see that this was the case.Built sometime between the 7th and 18th centuries, (or possibly thro...
If you have ever built a stone wall for your garden, then you can certainly appreciate the amount of work that went into building the Bories of Gordes. Built sometime between the 7th and 18th centuries, these huts and outbuildings, 28 in all, form...
As you motor through Provence, taking in the sights, smells and food that it has to offer, it can be easy to overlook some of the hidden gems. Known for its quaint villages, old cities dating back to the Roman times and beyond, beautiful Mediterra...