Tag Archives: Provence

Avignon, City of the Popes

While the popes have long made their home in the Vatican that has not always been the case. From 1309 to 1423, following a schism between the French crown and papacy, a series of popes and illegitimate popes made their home in Avignon. Today Avignon is one of Provence’s biggest draws, with its mix of..

Artistic Marseille: The 2013 European Capital of Culture

The European Union recently named the Southern France city of Marseille as the European Capital of Culture for 2013, a title that’s well deserved. As culturally diverse as it is industrially active, the Provençal city serves as a major French port in the Mediterranean. There are so many attractions to enjoy in Marseille and Provence..

The Art of Experiencing Provence

If visiting Provence makes you feel like you have stepped into a painting, it’s because this magical French region has yielded so much great art. It has inspired many Impressionists and 20th century artists, including Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, who described its amazing light as “soft and tender, despite its brilliance.” In Aix-en-Provence you..

Visiting Marseille-Provence To Celebrate Capital of Culture

It’s a great time to visit Marseille and Provence, so plan your trip now. I will be the first to admit that Marseille is not near the top of my list when I think of “must-visit” destinations in France, but when it comes to cultural significance, Marseille certainly has a colorful history worthy of exploration…