Provence is divided into 5 major areas, we were near the Cote D’azur last year but this year we chose to be more inland in the Var! Feels more idyllic and more “French” being here.
The major city here is Draguignan, the former capital, our little village is Villcroze. We visited nearby villages such as Lorgues, Aups, Toutour, Aiguines and the beautiful Gorges du Verdon, drove to Monte Carlo via Nice.
We visited Arles, Roman capital and a major religious center in the middle ages.
Van Gogh came to Arles in Feb, 1888. He painted many of his prominent work here, he painted some 300 canvases here because his creativity was bursting here but sadly this also lead to his madness, he cut off his ear….it was so wonderful to be there, I could feel his presence by reminiscing those art pieces done in Arles. I found my love of art history back while being there.
We also went to the beautiful St. Paul de Vence, a tiny medival village surrounded by thick walls and covered with cobblestones. We ended up stay in Provence by visiting Avignon, a city of art and culture which stretches along the river Rhone, well known for its Palais des Papes from the early 14 to 15 centuries.
It is always hard to say good bye to any vacations, all I can say is until the next time whenever that is!