A Drive to Marseille: The Ancient Plantane Trees

Made a trip to Marseille, and on the way before driving in to Aix-en-Provence there is a stretch of road lined with these trees, large, stoic and leafless due to Winter, stark and hauntingly beautiful, the Plantane tree is an important piece of French culture and history.  Cultivated by ancient Roman soliders, this variety of…

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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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