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Riding the white horses of the Camargue. The desolate marshy flatlands of the Rhone Delta are also home to the Pink Flamingos, bulls and white horses ridden by French cowboys, called Guardians. Saddle up with La bergerie de Maguelonne or at the well known Mas de Peint. You will discover a world of wild birds, salt lagoons, and beautiful panoramas, definitely not reachable by car.

A wondeful , gastronomic meal  at a Provencal Table D’Hote. Life cannot get any better than indulging at Michelin starred Chateau de la Chevre d’Or in the tiny village of Eze, perched above the Mediterranean.

Following the Mimosa trail. Between , January and March, the Cote d’Azur comes alive  with very sweet scented balls of yellow mimosa flowers. The mimosa trail is an amazing  ( 80 mile) path along the hilly back-lands between Bormes-les-Mimosas and Grasse, the capital of perfume and you can watch the landscape bloom with the fragrant  buds.

Bathing in the Calanques. You can explore the truly hidden splendor of creeks and beaches, snuggled between the jagged white cliffs between Marseille and Cassis. Envau, is the prettiest calanque, known for its sandy beach and needle like rock formations.

Eating Bouillabaisse in Marseille’s Miramar.  You can grab a table at the Miramar’s sunny terrace, order a crisp sunny white wine and wait for the Bouillabaisse to arrive. This rich recipe  – made from many of fresh fish, saffron and orange zest is one reason you should visit Marseille.

Tasting Chateauneuf du Pape wine. In the green vineyards around Chateauneuf du Pape grow France’s most famous product. When you travel around the Vaucluse, just pop into one of the many chateaux whose cote du Rhone wines are  among the best in the country.

Having a picnic on Porquerolles. Is a must for nature lovers, who will truly adore the expanses of pine forests, olive groves, vineyards and beautiful beaches.

L’Abbaye de Senanque in bloom. All of us have seen cliched pictures of L’abbaye de Senanque in bloom, I saw it a couple of time but I will admit that the seas of lavender surrounding the 12th-century Cistercian monastery are just breathtaking, especially when approached from Gordes.

Basking in the glory of Rome. In the bougainvillea-scented village of La Turbie. The gigantic trophee  des Alpes to celebrate emperor Augustus‘s victory against the Ligurians in 13 b.c. it used to mark the frontier between Italy and Gaul, and it stills over seeping views over Cap Ferrat and Eze.

Spending an afternoon at the antique mecca, L’Isle sur La Sorgue. Sifting through antiques is one of my favorite pastime,even here in San Francisco. Whether you covet an original Louis XIV chair or just search into other people’s junk for a hidden treasure. This place is a paradise for antique lovers of every stripe.

The haunting tranquility of Saint Paul de Mausol monastery. It is where Vincent Van Gogh committed himself after lopping off his ear in Arles. The tormented artist silently painted the cloisters and monastery gardens. It can be a very moving experience. A series of illustrated panels show his works on the sites where the artist painted them.

A spa day, rejuvenate at le Couvent des Minimes.  As the sun sets over the hills  in Haute-Provence, let the couvent knead away your tensions in the spa ( they are the only one in France to use Provencal Occitane products). Later on you can dine  on fine Mediterranean cuisine in the hotel Restaurant.

Fill up at Antibes Provencal market.  Provencal markets are very colorful, bustling and the stalls are filled with beautiful and delicious produce, charcuterie and cheeses. Antibes ‘ covered market makes a plum spot to stock a picnic basket.


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