is the sea, «golden» beaches, meadows and bogs, posh villas and small houses, the sea of greenery, fields and vineyards smothered in sunlight – a precious piece of land at the Meditarrenean.
From the point of view of geography, it is 6 French departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Alpes-Metitimes
, Var, Vaucluse and Hautes-Alpes
This land is inhabited by the Provencels
, Frenchmen with a special outlook, who despite the difficult fate of their home land (during the centuries the land often changed hands of masters-invaders) remained true to their own love of life and to philosophical and unfussy attitude to it.
Provencels feel respect to freedom of anybody, and the right for personal freedom is above all for these people. They are ready to defend it; if necessary – to give one’s life for it. Considering themselves certainly French, at the same time the people of Provence defend their right to call themselves Provencles for nearly 15 centuries.
Provencels have their own language – Provecal – the language of troubadours and of the famous poet Frederic Mistral
. This is what he said about his home land: «The flesh of Provence is cut out of stone by winds, sun and rain. Its face is framed in vineyards, olive groves and honey-sweet herbs»
Still in far-away 1907 Provencels founded the society of Provence cowboys (‘gardiens’) which sees its task as «… maintaining and strengthening the faith in bulls, artesian costumes, Camarge traditions and the florishing of the Provecal language»
And here is the view of this land with the eyes of the artists – many of them (Gaugin, Cezanne, Pablo Picasso and Van Gogh) visited these places or stayed here, having cteated their best pictures just in these places. Come and have a look at their pictures – you will see everything yourselves!
But it is still better to have a look at Provence
with one’s own eyes. Everyone will find here something which is close to his heart.
Here one can climb the mountains and plunge into the sea waters, stay for some time at the top of a high hill, every day making new discoveries of the beauty of these places. One can appreciate a construction genious of ancient Romans and study the most colourful town of the region, Arles. One can see a local ghost in old Saint Tropez. One can join in the culture of cafes, eat one’s fill of local sweets for a year to come and even learn how to differentiate cheeses. One can breathe in the aroma of lavender and get to know what the French bullfight is.
And alo you can learn the night life of the coast, mix with a bright market crowd or feel like a hermit…
In short, an assortment of all life pleasures – this is Provence!