PROVENCE, one of the most sought after parts of Europe for visiting, and living. An important colony for the Romans, it remains an important attraction today for French and foreigners. The Romans colony of Provincia (hence "Provence") was established in 120BC at Aix-en-Provence. The Romans left their mark in countless monuments, including such notable edifices as the Arena and the "Maison Carré" Temple at Nîmes, the Pont du Gard Aquaduct, the Theatre at Orange, and the Amphitheater at Arles. Extraordinary architecture in Romanesque and Gothic styles can be found all over the region. One of the notable features are the hilltop ... Read more
PROVENCE, one of the most sought after parts of Europe for visiting, and living. An important colony for the Romans, it remains an important attraction today for French and foreigners. The Romans colony of Provincia (hence "Provence") was established in 120BC at Aix-en-Provence. The Romans left their mark in countless monuments, including such notable edifices as the Arena and the "Maison Carré" Temple at Nîmes, the Pont du Gard Aquaduct, the Theatre at Orange, and the Amphitheater at Arles. Extraordinary architecture in Romanesque and Gothic styles can be found all over the region. One of the notable features are the hilltop medieval towns and villages, vestiges of the violent period of more than a thousand years following the end of Roman rule. These are fascinating and attractive spots for visitors, some notable examples being Roussillon, Gordes, and Les Beaux-de-Provence. Dramatic fortified castles can be found at Tasascon, Sisteron, Barbaren, Murs, Thouzon and of course the Palace of the Popes at Avignon. Later,  artists, like Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, also brought it fame through their talent. This extraordinary panorama of history is accompanied by dramatic landscapes and the gastronomic bounty of nature, wonderful wines, like its crisp dry Rosé, and its world famous Côte de Rhône, olives  and olive oil, and a never-ending, season, kaleidoscope of luscious fruits and vegetables., The cuisine of Provence is renowned not only for being one of the tastiest and most delightful anywhere, but also as one of the healthiest – an enviable combination!

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