17th C. Luberon 4-bedroom farmhouse with swimming pool near Roussillon



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  1. Two-Bedroom, Two-Bathroom Apartment Near Nice

PROVENCE, a general introduction:

Provence is a moveable feast of vibrant colors, rustic flavors and craggy landscapes, with the seasoning that only thousands of years of cultivation can produce

Ancient Roman ruins are scattered throughout the region, including the well-known theater at Orange and the amphitheater at Arles, the awesome aqueduct at Pont du Gard and the recently uncovered town known to the Romans as "Glanum," just outside st Remy, which was itself the site of the asylum where Vincent van Gogh painted many beautiful pictures while convalescing after cutting off his earlobe in a drunken frenzy in nearby Arles

Today’s Provençal landscape is still alive with the brilliant contrasts that lit Van Gogh’s paintings, in fields of deep purple lavender and cut flowers of every hue against the soft golden stone, whether in cliff outcroppings or hundreds of year old houses. Long before Van Gogh, Cezanne and other painters, the great medieval poet, Petrarch remarked on the "breathtakingly clear light" as he created some of the world’s finest love poetry to his beloved Laura while living in her native Provence

If you walk through the rocky countryside, you will smell wild thyme, rosemary and sage crushed under your feet. They heighten the hearty flavors of the rustic Provençal kitchen, which when enjoyed with the fine wines of the area, produce the very highest standards of "savoir vivre." You can find a wonderful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, olives, breads, honeys and wines, as well as a huge array of beautiful, hand-made crafts at the weekly open-air markets in towns all over Provence. Or treat yourself to the delicious fare of the many fine restaurants and delis

The Luberon, made famous by Peter Mayle in his best-selling book, A Year in Provence, is dotted with little stone villages built out of and right into the sides of steep rock cliffs which rise from the valley of the Durance River, flowing powerfully from Mt. Blanc in the nearby Alps

Just to the south is the Mediterranean, in all its diversity. Outside Arles begins the gigantic nature preserve of the Camargue, with its wide beaches, pink flamingos, white horses and its Saintes Marie de la Mer, site of the home church of Europe’s Gypsies. Moving east, one encounters the dizzying precipices near cosmopolitan, exotic Marseilles, France’s second largest city and further to the east lie st Tropez, Cannes and Nice, with their own chic mix of beaches, shops and villas.

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Thanks for your interest.

Ken Lawson