"Provence 2008 - Off Season" Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur by calcaf38

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My mother moved to Aix en Provence after I left home, back in 1980. I never lived in Provence, but I have visited regularly over the years.

Although I am not a tourist when I visit Provence, I took some photos in the fall of 2008 to build this page, which in no way claims to be complete or even comprehensive. These are just a few scattered impressions.

What makes Provence so special is the uninterrupted chain of high civilization from the Greco-Roman era to our times. Be it in the fields of technology, arts, or just refined living, Provence is always at or near the top.

I was with my teenage son on this trip, and he must have come home thinking "Provence is chilly and gray, but at least there are no tourists there."

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Legendary destination with superb infrastructure for travelers
  • Cons:Increasingly processed, costly
  • In a nutshell:Worth the fuss
  • Last visit to Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Dec 20, 2008
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Hello Oliver, how’ve you been? I hope to visit Aix-en-Provence next July for the opera festival – but I say that every year, and nobody believes me any more. Maybe next year will be the year.

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Beautiful photo.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:40 AM

    A nice overview of this region. Apart from Marseille I've not been here but really must do so sometime. The Calissons sound delicious, as does the restaurant!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Oliver, you have some beautiful photos here to illustrate your excellent tips! The photos of Le Pont Du Gard and Les Baux-de-Provence make we want to jet over immediately for an up-close look! Also, not a bad idea to travel in off-season re crowds!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2008 at 6:20 AM

    I have eaten calisson - didn't know it was called that though

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