An Easy Hike In Colorado– Le Colorado Provencal

Hike Le Colorado Provencal

The village of Roussillon in the Luberon is most famous for its ochre and cliffs, the orange terrain that is everywhere. There is another area, however, just to the west that has some amazing ochre hills and cliffs. I actually prefer this site as I found it less crowded and more interesting.  It is the Le Colorado Provencal. Don’t let the name deceive you. While you might think you’ll see cowboys, mountain ranges, and rivers like in Colorado, USA, there are some things that are similar and some things that are definitely unique to this “Colorado” in France and one of those activities is to hike Le Colorado Provencal.
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The Best Value Wine In France? (And A Secret Picnic Spot)

At the Estezargues wine cooperative: Best Value wine in France?

This week Keith Van Sickle, author of One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, shares his recent discovery in Provence: the best value wine in France (as compared to the “best cheap wine in France”. That just sounds wrong). I reviewed Keith’s book a few months ago and met up with Keith and his wife in Provence last month. Over lunch, which of course included wine, Keith shared his love of wine as well as his knowledge about finding French wines of good value.  After you have read this post you will likely be inclined, like me, to visit Estézargues and stock up on the wines! Continue reading →

Quirkiest, Most Imaginative Site In Nantes:  Les Machines de L’île

Grand Elephant at Les Machines de L’île

To say that Les Machines de L’île in Nantes (Machines Of The Isle Of Nantes) is unusual is an understatement. I had read a few articles about a gigantic elephant that was all mechanical and I had to see it. So when I was planning my trip from Brittany to Provence, the perfect opportunity arose: drive to see this unique Nantes attraction and then take a train to Avignon. So much faster and easier than driving to the south. Continue reading →

Seeing Is Believing: Sculptured Rocks (Les Rochers Sculptés) In Brittany

Figure at Rochers Sculptés in Rothéneuf, France

If I hadn’t seen this for myself I wouldn’t have believed it. In the north-west part of France in an area called the Emerald Coast of Brittany, there are over 300 sculptured rocks that were chiseled by hand by a deaf and mute priest.  It is a little-known cliff in Rothéneuf, which is a town located just north of St. Malo. [A map is shown at the end of this post]. When you see the statues of people, the carvings of faces, and the chiseled shapes of animals, you will be as amazed as I was.  It is worth the trip to the Sculptured Rocks, also known as Les Rochers Sculptés. Continue reading →