Provence - Summer 2010

Our holidays in France are becoming a visit to the South of France every other year. Again we were in Provence though further west this time; another lovely area, the Alpilles. As usual we made our way down staying in Logis de France, after crossing from Rosyth to Zeebrugge for what, unfortunately, turns out to have been the last year. Next time we'll have to travel south to Newcastle or Hull, not quite so convenient.

Travelling south through the foothills of the Alps.
[click for larger image] Lovely food in a Logis near Sisteron.
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The square in Maussanne-les-Alpilles, the closest town to the gîte. [click for larger image] Daudet's Mill - memories of schooldays for Marwyn and Fi. [click for larger image]
The Palais des Papes in Avignon. [click for larger image] John was highly taken by this wonderful piece of sculpture, in front of the Palais des Papes.
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The Pont d'Avignon from the song.
[click for larger image] In the old town of Les Baux-de-Provence.
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Fairly typical scenery in the Alpilles - a very picturesque area. [click for larger image] The chapel of St-Sixte, near Eygalières. [click for larger image]
The Abbaye de Sénanque - we didn't realise they run a one-way road system in the summer as the access road is so narrow.
[click for larger image] The hill town of Gordes, close to Sénanque. A spectacular location. [click for larger image]
The Roman mausoleum at Glanum, near St-Rémy-de-Provence. This and the nearby arch are in a wonderful state of presrvation.
[click for larger image] The garden in the hospital at St-Rémy-de-Provence, famous for Van Gogh's stay there. [click for larger image]
Looking across the plain towards the sea from the top of the plateau at Les Baux-de-Provence. [click for larger image] Inside the city walls of Aigues-Mortes. [click for larger image]
We visited L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, which is twinned with Penicuik where Marwyn worked some time ago.. [click for larger image] Mont Ventoux is visible from much of the area, including Avignon. We took the road to the summit where there are tremendous views on a clear day. The white stuff is broken rock, not snow!
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More lovely warmth - though the Mistral made it quite exciting at times. Not enough swimming for John though!