Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Photo Scrapbook: Our Last Afternoon in Provence

Les Baux de Provence is perched on a rock in the Alpilles mountains.

The narrow streets made the climb even more interesting.

Stained glass windows by Max Ingrand make Saint Vincent's church even more beautiful.

The small village church is a popular wedding site. In fact, the flowers had already been delivered for the afternoon wedding ceremony the Saturday we were there, and when we were walking down to the main entrance, we saw several members of the bridal party coming up the walkway.

After a steep climb, we reached the highest point in Les Baux de Provence and had a chance to watch students - while we sipped wine at one of the terrace cafes - giving a stone cutting demonstration.

It was easy to see how Les Baux de Provence was listed as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France" in 1999.

The medieval city had a number of interesting galleries.

One of the linen shops had an authentic loom on display.

We rode through Camargue to visit a privately owned olive mill, learning about pruning and harvesting the trees and the process of turning the olives into oils and tapenade.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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