Monthly Archives: November 2010

Explore the delights of Antibes in Côte d’Azur

The resort town of Antibes is located between Cannes and Nice in the Côte d’Azur region of France. You can choose from 48 beaches which stretch along the 25km Mediterranean coastline and soak up the sun. Antibes also has its fair share of historical charm as there is plenty to explore in the vieille ville, or ‘old town.’ Take a look at the ramparts which run along the sea and the protective wall at the port.

Antibes is also known as Antibes-Juan-les-Pins, the name of which refers to the seaside resort which has a nightlife area, full of nightclubs and casinos. Antibes also has a lot to offer in terms of restaurants, shops; including tourist gift shops and authentic hardware and general stores. There are also a selection of museums to visit, namely the Picasso Museum, La Tour Museum and Absinthe Museum. Take your pick of parks and gardens – Exflora Park, Eilenroc Gardens, Thuret Park – in which to take a leisurely stroll. You can also enjoy music and plays at The Theatre Antibea, Theatre des Heures Bleues and Café Theatre La Scene sur Mer.

Antibes has so much to do you will never get bored. Complete your visit by staying in a luxury villa and relax by the pool when you are not out and about exploring everything Antibes, Côte d’Azur has to offer.

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Great 4 Bedroom property with a pool in the Luberon

Villa Ulrike is a great new addition to our selection of rental properties in the Luberon, Provence. It’s a typical and impressive Provençal villa with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a wonderful garden and pool.  It’s ideal for a family or group of friends and is within walking distance of the well known village of Bonnieux.  Here you can visit the weekly market, pick up fresh bread or enjoy the local restaurants and cafes.  This villa has the advantage of space and privacy, yet with the convenience of a village very close by. As a new addition to our website, there’s plenty of availability for 2011, so get in touch with us if you would like more details.

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Annual Truffle Market – Richerenches, Provence

For anyone visiting the South of France between November and March, get a taste of French tradition by visiting the annual Truffle Market in Richerenches, Provence. The village of Richerenches lies in Drômes, north western Provence and attracts a flurry of visitors to this famous event each year, which has been celebrated for the past 50 years.

The market runs every Saturday during these months. Walking down the main market street you will probably wonder what all the fuss is about as there will generally only be a handful of stalls selling truffles. However, if you venture into one of the smaller side streets you will be met with much more activity with truffle sellers trading from the backs of their vans and cars. Small groups of buyers will be negotiating prices to get the best deals for their restaurants and other businesses.

On the third Sunday of January – the Sunday of Saint Antoine – a Truffle Mass takes place. This begins with a procession of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black Diamond. They will be wearing black tunics, black hats and yellow ribbon round their necks with a medallion. At the end of the mass a collection is made, but instead of cash, it is by a truffle auction. It really is a must see event for visitors to Provence.

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Discover the delights of Avignon, Provence

The city of Avignon in Provence is a wonderful place to stay if you want a holiday destination with lots to see and do. Avignon is located on the left bank of the river Rhône and has a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild, damp winters. Avignon is associated with having windy weather. In fact, its name comes from the word “Avenio” which means “town of violent winds” or “town of the river.”

Avignon is steeped in history which can be taken in simply by walking around the old and narrow streets within the fortified walls of the city. If shopping is your thing then hit the shops in the Southeast of the Place de l’Horioge. Take your pick of the fantastic shops along rue des Marchands, rue Rouge and other nearby streets. You don’t even have to watch out for vehicles as the shopping area is pedestrianised. For the more energetic amongst is, other pursuits to be enjoyed include cycling, swimming and hiking. When you feel hungry you can choose from

For the more cultured visitors there are plenty of museums to visit and each year there is the Festival d’Avignon, which celebrates the art of dance, music and theatre. This festival was founded by Jean Vilar in 1947 and continues to attract many visitors each year.

Avignon, Provence is a great location for sightseeing and exploring, with something to please everyone.

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