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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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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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6 Great Family Travel Holiday Ideas

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Family Travel, Only The Best, Travel Africa, Travel Asia, Travel Austria, Travel China, Travel Destinations, Travel Europe, Travel France, Travel Mauritius, Travel North America, Travel Resources, Travel Styles, Travel Tanzania, Travel Tips, Travel USA | Comments Off on 6 Great Family Travel Holiday Ideas

Family holidays, besides being opportune moments for bonding, provide spectacular opportunities to dive into exotic cultures or experience wildlife in a most memorable manner. Family holidays offer a much desired chance to rest, learn and explore while creating indelible memories that go a long way to adding joy and satisfaction to any family. Various tourist destinations are endowed with extraordinarily interesting attractions, be it physical sites like mountains or wild game which could just be the perfect destinations for a family tour.

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Go Disney-Pack the Right Things In

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Family Travel, Travel Asia, Travel Hong Kong, Travel Resources, Travel Styles, Travel Tips | Comments Off on Go Disney-Pack the Right Things In

Walt Disney World-every child’s dream and home to the world famous mouse and duck is a location that is both mystical and adventurous -in every sense of the word. Before setting out, it is important to make a comprehensive list of all the important items that need to be packed in, so that your children have every essential item in place and may look forward to some great tidings in their upcoming vacation.

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Step Out with Kids with these Points in Your Mind

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Family Travel, Travel Resources, Travel Styles, Travel Tips | Comments Off on Step Out with Kids with these Points in Your Mind

Screaming toddlers… Crying babies… If you are traveling with kids, do you happen to be with  a family that no one really wants to be anywhere near? Do you thing the Robert Benchley, the famous author, was pointing to your precious darlings when he said, “In America there are two classes of travel: first class, and with children”? Well, if your answers in the affirmative, then there is little cause to despair. Here, we run you through simple but effective tips that will surly help you in keeping your sanity on the plane-and making your trip a fun-filled and memorable one for lone and all.

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5 Amazing Family Destinations in Spain

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Family Travel, Only The Best, Travel Destinations, Travel Europe, Travel Resources, Travel Spain, Travel Styles, Travel Tips | Comments Off on 5 Amazing Family Destinations in Spain

Are you aware of the beautiful and amazing places in Spain? Are you planning for your family holiday outing anytime soon? Spain is a European diverse country culturally, historically, geographically and gastronomically. During the winter months, for example, you can chose to ski in the mountains or catch some sun in the long beaches. Not all countries are in a position of offering dual options in the same season and month, but Spain can. Interestingly, while in Spain with your kids, you can use technology to identify geographical directions. How? Just by using your smart phone to locate direction, for example, as you educate your children on the history and geography of the destinations you are visiting. Do not ignore on elaborating to your kids on histories of various places as you travel since it is part of adventure. And to make this happen, know that cheap internet in Madrid for tourists can be found easily and you can choose the plan that meet your family needs. Among the many well-known destinations and family attractions in Spain, there are lesser known sites such as mention in this article.

 

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