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Provence is one of our favorite destinations, and no wonder! It’s got amazing food based on the principals of the Mediterranean diet, including fresh seasonal produce, extra virgin olive oil, and of course wine! It’s also full of wonderful cultural sites, charming villages, Roman ruins, and a friendly, relaxed lifestyle. This is the good life, and the Provencals know how to enjoy it!
We are thrilled to announce our latest offering in this sunny land, our Bonjour Provence cooking vacation. Based in a beautiful private “Mas” in the village of Maussane-les-Alpilles, this 6-night itinerary has three things we think you’ll love about Provence.
1. Sunday in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is called the Venice of France because of its picturesque canals and bridges. This town is always worth visiting, if only to stroll along the “sorgue” and see the many watermills. But on Sunday’s it is particularly fun, boasting a large market. It’s known particularly as an antiques market, but you can find pretty much everything there, from food to soap, flowers, bric-a-brac, clothes, and more.
Cassis is a popular destination, and it’s not hard to figure out why. The soaring cliffs (falaises) and picturesque inlets (calanques) make it one of the most visually striking places in the south of France. A boat ride along the coast is something you will not forget! But it’s also an old fishing port, with a charming harbor and many good restaurants, especially those specializing in seafood.
3. Wednesday in St. Remy
One of our favorite villages in Provence is St. Remy, and Wednesdays finds us once again at the market. Like the market at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, one can find a wide variety of offerings at the Wednesday St. Remy market, but it’s smaller and more intimate, following the town’s quaint streets. When you’re not at the market, St. Remy offers many charming shops and food stores specializing in the region’s fabulous products.
Don’t forget to check out the full itinerary for Bonjour Provence, including details on the lovely mas that will be your home.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Provence? Do you have a favorite village? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on social media.
By Peg Kern
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