Everyone from ancient Romans to Post-Impressionist artists to movie stars have been lured to the enchanting South of France. Its abundance of lavender-laced valleys, glittering seashores, medieval hill towns, and lively cities, all bathed in translucent light, are downright seductive.
Journey with freelance travel writer Barbara Noe Kennedy to discover Provence and the Côte d’Azur, including the region’s most intriguing sights, historical aspects, food and wine, and art in a virtual exploration using maps, photos, videos, and other visuals.
Kennedy, a freelance travel writer and editor, is a former senior editor at National Geographic Travel Publishing. She served as an expert on National Geographic Expedition tours to Italy and France and wrote the National Geographic Traveler: Provence and the Côte d’Azur guidebook.
Avignon and La Vraie Provence
Even into the 21st century, Avignon retains its regal splendor left behind by the 14th-century popes who ruled from here for more than half a century. Discover Gothic palaces, as well the famous bridge of Avignon and several other culturally rich sites. Explore Luberon, the heart of Provence, noted for its perched medieval villages. Then swing south to St.-Rémy, Lees Baux, and Arles, enjoying Roman ruins, van Gogh history, and stories about the frightful Lords of Baux, one of medieval Provence’s most powerful families.
Additional Sessions of the Spring in the South of France Series