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Saignon

Saignon

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Provence attracted painters and foreign visitors a long time ago, it still attracts a lot of francophiles. Hills covered with thyme, olive groves and lavender fields surround the numerous villages and towns of this region. Each village has its own character, specializing in a type of wine, cheese or sausage, or may be known for a particulr textile or ceramic craft. Orange has impressive Roman ruins, including an amphitheatre. The ancient capital of Provence, Aix-en-provence is worth a visit as well as a Arles, one of the most important  Roman cities in France and one of Van Gogh's sources of inspiration. You can actually visit the cafe he painted in " the Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum". The city of Avignon makes a good hub for adventuring to the nearby medieval villages of the Luberon, such as Gordes, Roussillon and Lourmarin.. It  has a great blend of old and new architecture.  The old walled section (called intra-muras) houses the Papal Palace, designer boutiques and is the focal point of the summer arts festivals.

One of the best ways to see this area is by car or bicycle. All the exploring will make you hungry. There is no better excuse for sitting down in one of the vineyards, tasting a glass of one of the famous wines with a cheese plateau and then indulging in the delicious cuisine of the Provence or picnicing on fare from a local market.

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