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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Les Baux-de-Provence

Bike to Hell and Back

The Alpilles Mountains are full of biking

routes with fabulous views, that range from

easy to moderately difficult. Our favourite

ride is to puff our way from St-Rémy up to

the Val d’Enfer (Hell Valley.) It’s full of rugged

boulders and rocky outcroppings and there’s

a spot where you can look straight across

to the mountaintop fortress of Les Bauxde-Provence.

The best part of the ride is

coasting back!

Hike to the Top of

the World

La Caume is one of the highest points of the

Alpilles Mountains and is surprisingly easy

to reach on foot. Rather than starting at the

bottom, you can drive to a big parking lot

that’s part of the way up and join the trail

there. It’s paved and well-marked and not

too steep, and the view from La Caume is

terrific—to the north you can see the Rhône

Valley and to the south the view goes all the

way to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Outdoor Markets

One of the glories of Provence is its outdoor

markets, full of wonderful sights, smells, and

tastes. You can sample cheeses, drool over

roast chickens, and chat with the olive vendor,

find perfect souvenirs, then relax in a café.

You can’t visit Provence without going to its

markets – every town and village has its own.

My favorite, of course, is St-Rémy’s.

market Provence

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