Recently, Meg, a reader of BNOTP, traveled to Provence. While there she stayed in the village of Apt. This was the beautiful view of the village from her balcony apartment.
They stayed in a charming old converted convent named La Madone.
I looked at the photos of the rooms in La Madone online and they are beautiful!
Meg captured this scene in the village market during her trip.
She and hubby visited Avignon, a commune in south-eastern France in the department of Vaucluse on the left bank of the Rhone river.
In this picture you can see the wall that surrounds Avignon.
They also visited several cities/communes in the south of France including Arles. While there they saw the Roman Amphitheatre. Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles from 1888-1889 and amazingly produced over 300 paintings and drawings during that period, per Wikipedia. You can see the river Rhone in the distance in this photo. What a beautiful view!
While in the southern French town of Arles, Meg visited the Roman amphitheatre. The amphitheatre was constructed in 90 AD and could seat 20,000 spectators. It was built to provide entertainment by way of chariot races and hand-to-hand battles. Today it’s used for bullfighting during the Feria d’Arles and for plays and concerts during the summer.
Here’s how the Arles amphitheatre looked during the 18th century. The amphitheatre actually became a little town with a public square and buildings to shelter the population after the fall of the Empire in the 5th century. So amazing that it once looked like this! The buildings were all removed between 1826-1830 when the amphitheatre was designated a historical monument.
You can see one of the Medieval towers in this photo.
Meg visited the town of Gordes during her trip.
Imagine living in Gordes with these views everyday. I wonder if after a while one would just take it all for granted.
Meg also visited Fontaine-de-Vaucluse where she took this photo. Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is located in a valley at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains. It’s named after the spring of Vaucluse, which is the largest spring in France and is the source of the River Sorgue.
About this wonderful trip to the south of France, Meg said, “I truly left my heart there and would love to go back.” Meg, thanks so much for sharing these wonderful photos. I hope to see it in person one day!
Have you ever been to Provence? What are your favorite cities to visit on a trip to France?