Jewish Heritage Tours With A Gourmet Culinary Experience
Provence – An Overview
Provence, established by the Romans as “Provincia Romana”, and dotted with the remains of amphitheatres and arenas, an aqueduct and the remains of the Roman towns of St-Rémy-de-Provence and Vaison-la-Romaine, is bordered on the west by the River Rhone, and on the south by the famous Côte d’Azur (the “Blue Coast” of the Mediterranean Sea), the playground of the rich and famous. The sound of its very name conjures up romance, with its signature lavender and sunflower fields blending with vineyards and ancient olive trees to offer the visitor the very same vision in the spectacular natural light that inspired such Impressionists as Van Gogh and Cezanne to create their immortal pictorial renderings. The nature of the area is deeply sensual, allowing its beauty and pleasures to be savoured by all the senses in the colourful Provençal markets.
For adventure lovers, there is canoeing, as well as trekking through rocks abundant with vegetation. The area’s picture postcard hilltop villages contrast happily with their fishing counterparts, and the mythical port city of Marseilles, the largest in the area, is a unique meeting point of East and West. The towns of Arles, Aix-en-Provence and Avignon are cultural glories, chockfull of historical architectural treasures. The region of Comtat Venaissin, became papal territory in 1274 and was a refuge for Jews until the French Revolution.