Top 10 destinations in Provence, France

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Provence is a historical province and region that stretches from the left bank of the Rhone River to the Italian border. Known for its beautiful landscapes, luxury and wine it is sure to charm you at first sight. To help you find the best places in Provence here is a list of the top 10 destinations in Provence: 

1) Avignon

A beautiful walled city made for walking.  The Palais de Papes,home of the Roman Catholic Papacy during the 14th century, is open for guided tours in French or English.

2) St. Remy and Chateauneuf-du-Pape

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Two of the many villages that are nearby Avignon and can be easily visited as day trips. St. Remy is home to the mental hospital that cared for Van Gogh. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is dominated by a castle that sits atop a hill near the center of the village. It was constructed for Pope John XXII, the second of the popes who resided in Avignon in the 14th century. The red wine from CDP is delicious; you can visit the winery.

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3) Arles

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My favorite place in all of Provence. There is a large Roman Forum that is still in great shape and used for bullfights. The schedule is sort of strange so check ahead if this is your thing. Wonderful walking in the old parts of the town. Terrific Van Gogh Museum just off the main square where you can eat or have a cool drink under the shade of the beautiful Plane trees. Annual photography exposition is famous and regarded as the top photo event in the world.

4) Vence

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Vence is a lovely town that is 15 km inland. It is fairly close to the Nice Airport. Vence is sometimes referred to as the “City of Art.” Full of flowers, cultivated shrubbery including oranges and olives. The Chapelle Matisse, designed and decorated by Matisse during the period 1947-1951, is a short walk from town center . The feeling of this town seeps into your soul and you can’t help but decompress, it’s special.

5) St. Paul de Vence

St. Paul de Vence is a historically important village. It is a walled village built upon a hill nearly in view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is know for its art scene, especially its support of modern and contemporary art. Many artists, writers, musicians, and intellectuals have lived there. James Baldwin died there. Nearby is the famous contemporary museum, Fondation Maeght.

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