J’aime la Provence, a photo essay

Posted on 16. Jan, 2013 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, France, Photo Posts

I think I may have found a new favorite place in France, guys.

It’s Provence.

How original, right? I’m only the 450,204th person in the world to say that. But after visiting the vast majority of the country, I can honestly say that Provence has something special about it, that just makes you want to go back again, and again.

I stopped in several cities and villages on my roadtrip  across southern France last summer, and while I’d love to share the thousand photos I took, here’s a more modest selection that represents what I love about this little corner of the world.

Provence - The Food

The best mussels of my entire life.

One of the many markets of Aix

Olive extravanganza

Little things in life make me more happy than a picnic in the sun with a fresh loaf of French bread, basil sun-dried tomatoes, rosé wine and garlic olives. And when I was in Provence, I did just that, every, single, day. I’m a relatively picky eater and it usually takes me a while to warm up to new things (I only started liking sushi a year ago - I know), but I didn’t have any trouble stuffing my face on these gorgeous, fresh foods I bought at the market in the mornings.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting, anyone?

Provence - The Scenery

The only part of Marseille that I liked.

The Roman arena of Nîmes, now used for corridas.

photos of provence

The old-port of Cassis

The central square in Aix-en-Provence

Sunset over the Calanques


As you can probably tell by now, Cassis was the highlight of my trip. After spending a horrendous 48-hour in Marseille, it felt SO good to be in a colorful, cute village, surrounded by spectacular landscape and welcomed by some of the friendliest people I met during my travels. Miles away from the glitzy Riviera and the grim of Marseille, Cassis truly is a little slice of paradise on Earth.

The Architecture

Flowers everywhere.

Inside Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde in Marseille

The ornate doors of Aix-en-Provence

The gorgeous back alleys of Cassis.

Pont du Gard

A few tips for road-tripping in Provence:

  • Bring a large-capacity SD card for your camera. You WILL go overboard with photos, I warn you.
  • Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.
  • Avoid going in August. The weather is extremely hot, and half of France moves south for their holidays. I suggest going in September or June instead.

Have you ever been to Provence or southern France? What was your favorite sight or thing to do?


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4 Responses to “J’aime la Provence, a photo essay”

  1. Amanda

    17. Jan, 2013

    It looks gorgeous! I can totally understand it becoming a favorite part of France for you.

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  2. Justin

    25. Feb, 2013

    This is a great blog post! Not just the content but the whole layout of the blog. I’m just starting my own blog, so things like this are inspiartional

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