It's not all just glitz and glamour along the south of France. There is also a lot of mind blowing beauty. The landscapes and the people are equally lovely.

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...
Perched on the high point of Marseille, and overlooking one of the ports, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde commands a spectacular view of all of Marseille. From here, you can see for miles, taking in both amazing sunrises as well as sunsets....
If you could have lunch here, wouldn't you take two hours or more? In France, one doesn't "grab some lunch", one "experiences" lunch! And why not? With such a beautiful setting, wonderful food and wine, it can be the highlight of the day.Here in L...
Did you know that Lourmarin was voted the most picturesque village in France several years in a row? Considering how many picturesque villages there are in France, that is QUITE an accomplishment!Since it is a village, it isn't very large, so it i...
At the end of the 19th century, two brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumière, took their new invention to La Ciotat, on the southern coast of France, and scared the daylights out of those in attendance.What frightened the attendees was the moving image...
The southern coast of France ranges from beautiful to dramatic, so it really is difficult to take a bad picture. However, there are spots that really jump off the map, and the point above the chapel of Notre Dame de la Garde in La Ciotat is one of...
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...