On a barren weathered rock ridge nine hundred meters long and two hundred and eighty meters high – the ruins of the castle. On the mountain, rising to the foot of the rock massif – a living city, ivy greens, tiled roofs, solar heat comes even from the limestone walls of the houses, the streets smell like lavender – and growing in the surrounding fields, and sold in every shop.
Already at the end of the X century, the owners of the castle of Le Bo in Provence – Les Baux-de-Provence, arrogantly looking down on arable land and pastures, controlled a fairly vast surrounding land. By the middle of the next century, they were already among the strongest feudal families in the south of France. Senor Le Bo owned 79 towns and villages.
The owners of Le Bo, in their pride, built their genealogy to none other than the sorcerer Baltazar, awakened by a Christmas star, and wore a sixteen-rayed silver star on a black emblem as a sign of their genealogical claims. Who could compare with the owner of Le Bo? Who could dictate terms to him? Who could dare to offer him an alliance? “Raso d’eigloun, jamai vassalo” – “The eagle clan does not know vassality,” was the answer to anyone from the Continue reading
Which of us does not know from what word the name of the so-called Champagne drink was so beloved by all. Of course, from the name of the province where this amazing drink is made – Champagne. This region is located east of Paris. You will see medieval churches, timeless castles, villages on the banks of calm rivers, fortresses in the Ardennes and endless vineyards, stretching as far as the horizon, between Reims and Epernay.
If you decide to visit Champagne, then 80 km. from Paris you should drive through the city of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, where the 7th-century Benedictine abbey is located. Not far from this abbey is Château-Thierry, and Continue reading
The Midi-Pyrénées region is a wealth of cultural, historical and natural heritage. As the name implies, it’s a mountain region in the Pyrenees, where at every step you can see the “bastides” – these are medieval villages with defensive fortifications, you can ride on quiet local roads on a mountain bike, ride fields on a horse, walk mountain trails on tourist routes. Basque traditions are strong in the Midi-Pyrénées region, giving a special charm to the wild and uniquely beautiful landscape. The tranquility of Gascony, the river valleys Lot attract lovers of outdoor recreation to this province. There are many rivers here – the Garonne, the Baize, the Lot, the many lakes and canals that connect the rivers – these are kilometers of water routes for lovers of water sports. Continue reading
Normandy. For every Frenchman, this province is connected with the sea, idyllic village landscapes and rich history. If you want to feel the beauty of Normandy, look at the canvases of Corot, Pissarro and Claude Monet. It was Normandy who inspired their work, and you will now see the famous lilies from the paintings of Claude Monet in the pond near the artist’s house in Giverny. Thanks to Monet, the whole world learned about this small French village, where crowds of tourists from all over the world are now flocking, starting their acquaintance with the culture of France and Normandy. You can follow suit and are unlikely to be disappointed. From Giverny, you can continue on to Rouen by driving along the road to Les Andelys to the ruins of Chateau Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Feel the breath of that time, and, continuing the path, you will soon find yourself in Rouen. This city will remind you of Continue reading
The province that inspired Van Gogh and Cezanne, gave birth to a galaxy of famous artists, attracting more and more foreign tourists and the French themselves – this is Provence.
Provence is diverse: endless vineyards of the Gigondas, silver hills of olive groves Nyons, lavender valleys stretching from Valreas to Vaison-la-Romaine. The huge cliffs that open to your eyes in Les Baux, cypress trees and cedars under the scorching azure sky of Arles – this makes Provence a unique place to relax.
Mount Mont Ventoux is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Provence. At its foot is one of the largest natural springs in the world (fifth largest) – Fontaine de Vaucluse (Arles – Roman arenas)
Provencal roads are very picturesque – especially noteworthy are the roads through the Luberon massif and the journey to Arles, Saint-Remy and St-Remy and Avignon. Continue reading