Photojournal: Provence


The 2000 year old remains of Roman aqueduct-Pont Du Gard,the greatest testimony to the Roman empire. The aqueduct was said to carry water from the springs of Uzes to Nimes( a distance of around 50km) It is believed that the aqueduct was in use for over 400 years

Gordes: this pretty town perched atop the hills, undoubtedly wins the award for the most picturesque Provencal town! Stonewalled medieval streets offer attractive views of the countryside below

   

Above Right: The town of Rousillon, aptly named for the ochre colour it derives from the surrounding hills(unfortunately we reached on a very rainy afternoon and this picture doesn’t do much to highlight the beauty of this famed town!)

    

Above Left: Triumphal Arc in Orange  built in 20AD, elaborately decorated with battle scenes and roman inscription
Above Right: Built in the reign of Emperor Augustus of the Roman era, this amphitheater is still in use today!

Above: The view of the Roman amphitheater in Arles

The famed town of Arles on the banks of the Rhone river is filled with charming finds dating back to Roman empire and medieval times: the Roman amphitheater, Roman baths, ruins of the Roman Theater, Notre Dame Cathedral and Espace Van Gogh(hospital where Van Gogh was treated in ) are a must see

Below: The riverfront, Arles

Above: Pont St Benezet leading to the Palais du Papes in Avignon
Avignon, is the medieval town locked by massive stone walls. The 12th century Pont St Benezet which was partially destroyed by floods in the 1600’s
The highly foritified, Palace of Popes was built in the reign of Pope Clementine V when he moved the papal court to Avignon in 1308. The palace, alas, is bereft of all its furnishings as it was ransacked over the course of the many following centuries.

    
   

BELOW: Wine tasting @ Skalli, a  Southern France wine making family that produces excellent wines of a GSM blend- Grenache, Shiraz & Mourverde

                                                   

   

Above Left and Right: The wines of Provence- a light and refreshing Rose and the famed red wines of Chateauneuf du Pape

Below: the scenic wine growing villages beneath the Chateauneuf du Pape

    

ABOVE LEFT: Pastis and Rose- summertime’s thirst quenchers
ABOVE RIGHT:  Quiche and Provencial Puff pastry- perfect for a light lunch

HOW TO GET HERE:
It would be best to make Avignon your base for at least 3 nights/4 days. From here you can take day trips to the towns of . We signed up with Provence Reservation(http://www.provencereservation.com/) for two tours of 4-5 hours duration each the first of which took us to Orange and Chateauneuf du Pape( followed with an informative wine tasting session) and the second which took us to the mountain villages of Gordes, Rousillon, Les Beaux de Provence & Pont du Gard

Arles is a 10 minute train ride from Provence and the small town is can be easily explored in around 4-5 hours

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