Arles (13 Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence) starts its bullfighting season with the Feria de Pâques (Easter Festival) from 29 March – 1 April 2013
Many visitors may feel squeamish or even disapproving about the spectacle of bull-fighting, but it is a long-maintained tradition in Provence and southern France, especially in the Camargue. You can however still enjoy
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Cavaillon (84 Vaucluse, Provence) is one of the major centres of Melon production in France – and on the weekend of 11-12 July 2009 the town celebrates its gastronomic delights with the Fete du Melon.
With music, dancing, processions of donkeys, ponies and horsement, and plenty of opportunities to try Melon in its many guises
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One of our favourite vineyards – classy wines, passionate wine maker, glorious position and a welcoming and informative visitor experience! We first visited many many years ago just as tourists, but have been back many times. Set in the foothills of the Alpilles mountains in a glorious Provencal landscape with grape and olive vines, the
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Despite concerrns about the poor weather earlier in the summer, a survey by the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (the trade body for Provence wines) has forecast a similar harvest potential for 2007 as for previous years, i.e. about 3.5 million hectolitres or 350 million litres!.
The harvest should take place between mid-August
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For some Canadian friends we put together some ideas from our experience to demonstrate how best to do a few days wine touring in the southern Rhône Valley. This is such a rich area to visit – scenically, historically and from a wine (and food) perspective.
We chose to base the tour in St Remy
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Now that most of the grape harvest is over, except for late harvest-style dessert wines, the attention now moves to that other vine – the olive. In Provence in particular many wine domaines will also grow olive vines (e.g. Mas Sainte Berthe at les Baux de Provence (13, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence)). So for a different
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Ideas for visiting Provence – wine, food, markets, eating, activities, art….
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