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Provence, France

Fall colors in Southern France were at their peak. The walled city of Carcassonne is in the background.   Our gîte, Les Oliviers, in St. Remy de Provence.
Our livingroom with bedroom loft and outside terrace.   The kitchen.
Ripe olives hung on the trees near the terrace.   We saw professional pickers with electric poles beating olives off the trees onto huge green nets spread below.
Paul chose fresh produce from the weekly market
in the village square.
  Provence is known for its lavender -
bundles of flowers, soaps and sachets were for sale.

Where to stay in Provence:

Les Oliviers - L'Oustaou de Verane - Gîte, Chemin de Veranes, 13210 St. Remey de Provence, France - Tel.(33) (0)6 13 97 88 78 - http://pagesperso-orange.fr/loustaou - 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, bathroom AC/heating. kitchen, washing machine, Wifi, BBQ, swimming pool- 5 km. from city center - lovely terrace & grounds

The entrance to the Palace of the Popes in Avignon is
a marvel of architecture
and the largest Gothic Palace in Europe.
The Palace was the French "Vatican" during the 1300s.
  The famous Bridge of Avignon is actually called
the Pont Saint-Bénezet after the 20 year old shepherd, who had a vision that God told him to build a bridge
over the Rhône River.
Today it only goes halfway across the river!
.We sat on the Gordes city wall while eating pastries
and enjoyed the killer view across a wide valley
filled with fields and vineyards.
  Pastries and icecream desserts are works of art,
but you could go broke before you'd ever get fat.
This delight costs 30€ ($45.00!!).
Even the lavender fields and sycamore lined roads are pretty at this time of year.

The astronomer, Nostradamus, was born in St. Remy de Provence; but an equally famous resident was
Vincent Van Gogh, who lived in the St-Paul Monastery/Insane Asylum for the last year of his life.