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Provence is a marvelously varied landscape – from the salt marshes of the Carmargue and the blue Mediterranean ocean, to limestone mountains and caves, rocky plateaus, fields of lavender, sunflowers and olive trees. Plus Roman ruins, charming villages, and the historic city of Marseilles. Your kids will enjoy exploring all the nooks and crannies of Provence.
  Marseilles
    Arles
    The Camargue
Luberon
Vaison-la-Romaine
   

Shopping

     

Have fun shoping for those small hand-painted clay figurines, called "santons" to put in a creche at Christmas. These charming figures depict daily life in traditional fashion, farmers, peasants, fishermen, tradespeople. They are incredibly detailed – a dentist pulling a tooth, a man playing a cello, an artist painting at his easel, ladies knitting. At Christmas time, les santons are a lovely reminder of Provence.

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Provence is chock full of good food, and this is one place where you'll want to leisurely sip an aperitif, take a cooking lession or visit a Rhône vineyard, but kids may be more interested in playing boules or exploring prehistoric caves. Here's a family tour that offers the best of both for kids and adults:

    Classic Journeys
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"Where Camille lived, the sunflowers grew so high the looked like real suns…" One day, Vincent, a painter, comes to live in Arles, and Camille, the postman's daughter, becomes his friend. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)

 

     
Hudson in Provence
Jackie Clark Mancuso

Hudson arrives in Provence and loves the beach, but he's ready to get to work like local dogs. Not really a truffle hunter or mouton herder, Hudson discovers he like to paint and the magic of Provence. (Picture book)

 

 
     
My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle provence family  

Warm-hearted, humorous memoir of a Provencal childhood. Joys of boyhood hunting expeditions in the mountains, seemingly-endless summer holidays, and 10 year old Marcel, exploring the thyme and rosemary-scented hills above Marseilles. A great read aloud. (Chapter book)

 

(More children's books on other France pages)
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