The Ancient Town of Mane

    Had a wonderful walk with my other half, climbing up steep hillside paths and strolling through cobblestone corridors that encase the ancient town of Mane.  When you climb to the very top of the town hill, you reach Château de Mane, the only completely fortified castle in all of Haute Provence still standing…

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A Trip to Gorges du Verdon

  When I first met, Stephane.  He had mentioned to me in casual conversation that if I ever visited, one of the first places he’d take me to see would be the majestic Gorges du Verdon.  Of course, I had never heard of this national park, nestled by rolling hills of lavender fields, which contrast…

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Pays de Forcalquier

  Market Day.  As promised, my love took me to the medieval town of Forcalquier, which dates back to the times of Roman occupation when the trade route via Italy and Spain once flourished from the 10th through 16th centuries.  Perched atop a steep hill, the town has seen thousands of years of inhabitants come…

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MONT D’OR: The Old Tower

Yes, that’s my love.  Standing there, looking sultry beneath the light of moon and stars, and perched against the wall of a castle ruin, dating back to 900 AD.  Thanks to William the Liberator, son of the Earl of Arles who freed the Provence region from the Saracens in 974 AD and built a fortified castle…

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Cavalaire-sur-mer

Feeling very fortunate to have visited this tiny seaside beach-haven. Perched atop a hill and from distant view, one can see as far as the azure blue sea meets the misty pink horizon … not too far from the luxurious jet-set hotspot, Saint Tropez … this quaint and picturesque town has become a home away…

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