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The Joys of Provence – The Markets

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One of the joys of being in Provence is experiencing the markets that are held almost daily as the markets rotate from one village to another. The French love their food and they love even more their traditional ways of procuring it from the farmers and vendors who set up stands at the weekly markets. We will visit at least two of these markets during our vacation week. The market in Apt, which is one of the largest and most famous and the Sunday market in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, which is described in the article below. You will enjoy wandering through the…

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Enjoying Provence While Fine Tuning September’s Tours

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Some things in Provence never change.  Mt. Ventoux will steadfastly guard the northern horizon, the Luberon will provide backdrop for its perched villages and the rugged limestone summits of the Alpilles will stand white against the Provincial blue sky.  Roussillon remains red, the River Sorgue rushing out of its source at Fontaine de Vaucluse is crystal clear and startlingly emerald in color, and the open air markets remain a kaleidoscope of colors, sights and smells of produce, cheeses, sausages, antiques and clothing.  However, some things can change, and it is important as a tour operator to be in the know…

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Introducing Joie de Provence Tours

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Introducing Joie de Provence Tours, LLC. Offering 10-day tours of Provence, France for small groups of no more than seven persons. Based at a small luxury hotel in Fontaine-du-Vaucluse, we will visit hilltop villages, wineries, olive oil mills, lavender fields, Roman ruins, markets, museums, fiord-like calanques on the Mediterranean, revel in the culture of Provencial France and enjoy incredible meals. – Bob Blumenthal Jefferson, Maryland [Click on Picture to Enlarge]