Paris & Provence - October 2011

I was scheduled to be in Paris for some work and decided to tack on a few extra days to the trip to visit the Provence region. We stayed at the Moulin de la Roque, in Noves, and headed out each day on our adventures. We also spent a few days in Paris exploring and doing some serious walking.


With the first bridge over the Rhone River, Arles was a key stop on the Roman Road from Italy to Spain, the Via Domitia. Vincent Van Gogh settled here in the…

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Bonnieux and Lacoste

Bonnieux. Stopped long enough to take a few photos. The village looks spectacular from a distance but not so much up close.
Lacoste. Across the valley…

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We drove down to the port town of Cassis on the Mediterranean Sea for a change of scenery. Along the way we stopped off at La Route des Cretes. Once in…

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Châteauneuf du Pape

Châteauneuf du Pape (New Castle of the Pope) is named for the Pope’s summer retreat but is now a ruin. In 1308, Pope Clement V, former Archbishop of Bordeaux,…

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Gordes. We only stopped here and at the Abbey Norte Dame de Senanque just outside the city to take photos as we worked our way to Roussillon.

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Isle sur la Sorgue

Isle sur la Sorgue, the Island on the Sorgue River, is right in the middle of the Luberon Region where we also visited Gordes and Roussillon. It is also called…

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Lex Baux

The sun bleached ruins of the “dead city” of Les Baux are carved into, out of, and on top of a rock 650 feet above the valley floor. Many of the ancient walls…

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We decided to go back to the hill towns of the Luberon and visited the market and chateau in Lourmarin, which is the southernmost Luberon village. From there we…

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Moulin de la Roque

We chose Noves as our base of operations in Provence primarily because of the Moulin de la Roque, which is the villa where we stayed at. The photos in this…

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Paris. Still one of my favorite cities. This trip we did a great deal of walking mostly between the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Latin…

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Roman Aqueduct

This aqueduct provided water to a Roman mill at Barbegal and to the city of Arelate (modern day Arles). The Roman lifestyle required large quantities of…

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Roussillon sits atop Mount Rouge (Red Mountain) at above 1,000 feet above sea level and reminds one of Santa Fe if it sat on a hill top. It has been a…

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Séguret. It is a very small city with only a few shops, two cafes making for a good coffee or dinner stop, and some wonderful lanes for strolling.

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St. Rémy de Provence

St. Rémy de Provence. Famous for giving birth to Nostradamus and caring for Van Gogh after he lopped off his ear. Only about 10 miles from Noves, where we…

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Vaison la Romaine

Vaison la Romaine. We decided to concentrate mainly in the upper town walking the cobbled lanes surrounded by wonderful homes, gardens and fountains. The…

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