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The 7 Must See Towns In Provence

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Extreme Travel, Family Travel, Luxury Travel, Only The Best, Travel France | Comments Off on The 7 Must See Towns In Provence

There are few places in the world with as rich of culture, history, or architecture as Provence, France. It has been the home some of France’s greatest artists, scientists, warriors, and philosophers. If you should find yourself one idly looking through some Provence vacation rentals one day, here are a few cities you might consider visiting.

1) Saint-Remy-de-Provence

This quiet village is a haven from some of the bigger tourist cities in Provence. The town itself is filled with ornate fountains and medieval walls that have stood for hundreds of years. One of the oldest fountains in France the Arcs de Triomphe is located there. There is also a special place in art history reserved for this town, as Vincent Van Gogh was once treated at a local asylum. During his stay there he produced some of his most famous works including The Starry Night and his Wheat Field series. The town is also the birthplace of the famous philosopher Nostradamus.

2) Village of Les Baux

The stone village of Les Baux is 25km south of Avignon is another must-see for those with an artistic bent. The valley here has inspired poets and artists for centuries and still continues to do so today. It’s believed the village itself was first settled in 6,000 BCE which gives you some idea of just how ancient it is. The inhabitants of this village are known as Baussencs or Baussenques, and it has been named of France’s most beautiful villages,

3) L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

The town itself was a former small village, but now it’s a favorite of antique lovers everywhere. It’s home to the largest flea market in France and considered the antique capital of France. Even if you aren’t interested in purchasing any antiques, the market would make for a fascinating afternoon just looking and browsing. For those of you who like to cook, there is a fresh market held every Thursday and Friday. Here you can buy the freshest ingredients grown locally, and at a bargain price.

4) Gordes

The remote village of Gordes would be a pleasant stay for anyone interested in 18th-century architecture. It has cobbled streets that lead to a 16th-century French chateau. The village itself has been a haven for artists for centuries. One of the biggest attractions is the Pol Mara Museum and a summer music festival that is held every year. If you are looking for a place to get away from other tourists, or maybe just the world then this is the spot.

5) Uzes

The town of Uzes is one with a long history, and one of the best places in Provence to really get a sense of medieval life. It’s known as the first duchy of France and has a castle in the center square that a duke still resides in. Also visible throughout the town are well-preserved medieval residences and gardens. There is also one final architectural marvel in the city worth seeing. The Pont du Gard is a massive well-preserved Roman aqueduct. This aqueduct has survived completely intact since the time of the Romans and has been named one of Frances five leading landmarks. The city itself is a bit of a hidden gem as it’s not well known to tourists.

6) Ménerbes

This city of Ménerbes comes with a very long history attached to it, and some rather controversial past residents. The most famous of those being the Marquis de Sade whose “quirks” are so well known that they inspired the word sadism. It wouldn’t be fair though to only think of this lovely city, and it’s connection to such a controversial figure. It’s also renowned for it;s perfectly preserved 18th-century homes, and being the home of many famous artists and writers. Ménerbes also holds a special in the culinary world as it’s famous for producing some of the best wines, and truffles in the entire world.

7) Porquerolles

The city of Porquerolles is located on an island off the coast of Toulon, and it might just be the biggest hidden jewel in Provence. With its crystal clear waters, and great beaches this town remains relatively little known by tourists, and such is quite peaceful. The local ecosystem is so unique that the government of France works hard to keep outside impact to a minimum. Even with that in mind, there are plenty of wonderful things to do there. These include yearly jazz and sailing festivals. The local waters also offer some unique diving opportunities, and a chance to explore an area that not many other divers have ever seen.

With all these unique cities to choose from it might be hard to know where to start. No matter where you choose to stay in Provence you can be assured it will be a trip you will remember for the rest of your life.

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Macau: Not Just a Gambling Paradise

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Luxury Travel, Travel Asia, Travel China, Travel Destinations, Travel Resources, Travel Styles | Comments Off on Macau: Not Just a Gambling Paradise

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Among the many holiday hotspots to be found across the world, Macau is one place that has emerged as a favoured destination in recent years – and indeed this island is now one of the most frequently visited places by tourists. Despite its reputation as a gambling powerhouse there is much more to see beyond the lights of Macau. Furthermore, given the wealth of things to see and do in Macau, it is not hard to understand why this is the case.

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Travel for Less – 5 Way to Cut on Holiday Costs – Cheap Vacation

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Accommodations, Budget Travel, Money and Travel, Travel Resources, Travel Styles, Travel Tips | Comments Off on Travel for Less – 5 Way to Cut on Holiday Costs – Cheap Vacation

Many people work very hard for the greater part of the year and once in a while would like to take time off and unwind. Holiday destinations provide the perfect getaways but most people consider them too expensive and unaffordable to the average consumer. While it is true that going on holiday can be a very costly affair in terms of

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From Ancient to Contemporary: 5 Top Istanbul Museums

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in Budget Travel, World Culture and History, World Travel | Comments Off on From Ancient to Contemporary: 5 Top Istanbul Museums

With thousands of years of history under its belt, it’s no wonder that Istanbul boasts more than a few fine museums. Though many are relatively modern institutions, some are housed in buildings that are museums in and of themselves, repositories of the city’s rich past and witnesses to some of humanity’s most pivotal moments. Among them you’ll find an array of exhibits, artifacts, and topics spanning some of the world’s greatest empires, from the days of mighty Rome and the decadent Byzantines to the Ottoman Empire and subsequent birth of the modern Republic. Adding these museums to your Istanbul vacation itinerary will give you a better appreciation of the city’s position as a bridge between past and present, East and West.

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Cheap Ways to Travel on a Dime

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Budget Travel, Money and Travel, Travel Resources, Travel Styles, Travel Tips, World Travel | Comments Off on Cheap Ways to Travel on a Dime

Groupon Coupons is a seamless and convenient new way you can spend less at Groupon. You don’t need to buy anything before using your coupon savings. There are over 55,000 entirely free coupons from more than 8,600 stores. We are always adding new coupons and new stores, so keep checking back!

There’s so much to do and see whether you’re traveling and visiting somewhere near home or a far-off exotic destination. With travel-friendly coupon discounts you’ll have one less thing to worry about and more cash to save or use on other things. Here’s our top 5 list of travel deals to travel on the cheap!

1.) Pack all of your things with travel deals on luggage for adults and children. Whether you’re looking for protective hard side luggage, luggage sets, carry-on luggage, or kids’ luggage your wallet can benefit from cash saving bargains from Groupon Coupons.

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10 Best Family Beach Holidays in Europe

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Family Travel, Only The Best, Travel Destinations, Travel Europe, Travel Styles | Comments Off on 10 Best Family Beach Holidays in Europe

With thousands of miles of coastlines and a dazzling array of interesting topographies, Europe offers many wonderful sites for a family beach holiday. Yet taking the time to explore just a few gems in this treasure chest of fun can lead to some wonderful, happy shared vacation memories. 

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