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Provence

Provence is a marvelously varied landscape - from the salt marshes of the Carmargue and the blue Mediterranean ocean, to limestone mountains and caves, rocky plateaus, fields of lavender and olive trees, plus Roman ruins, charming villages, and the historic city of Marseilles.

Cities

Marseilles
Regions

Arles
The Camargue
Luberon
Vaison-la-Romaine
Shopping
Look for those small hand-painted clay figurines, called "santons" to put in a creche at Christmas. These charming figures depict daily life in traditional fashion - a dentist pulling a tooth, a man playing a cello, an artist painting at his easel, ladies knitting, fisherman with their catch. At Christmas time, les santons are a lovely reminder of Provence.

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