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Les magnifiques Gorges du Verdon

Timeless Provence

Timeless Provence

Provence is a most irresistible land of striking natural beauty and great diversity, fields of lavender, interspaced with vineyards and olive groves, crowned by the hills of the Luberon. The desolate wilderness of the Camargue is fascinating, with its white horses galloping across flat wetlands, herds of black bulls and striking flocks of pink flamingos. Historically the Greeks visited, the Phoenicians traded, the Saracens looted, but most of all the Romans settled; they have all left their legacies. Aix en Provence, Paris-like in stature and style yet village-like in pace and ambience, its old quarter is street upon colourful street of traditional shops with quiet and hidden squares. The majestic Mont St. Victoire, immortalised by Cézanne, towers over it all. This is the real France so beloved by Van Gogh, Renoir and countless other artists who worked here, finding inspiration in the colour and luminosity of light. All the fragrances and colours of this sunburnt land are found in its cuisine and it is all washed down with some of the finest wine in the world.

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