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Ancient Aups

Post by Sharat | June 21, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Ancient Aups

You can find Aups in the Northern part of the Var region. In fact, it is located in the very heart of Upper Var. Aups is one of the thousands of lovely looking hilltop villages you will find in Provence. Beauty aside, exploring Aups is a very pleasant experience. You will find something on every corner in the town’s narrow street ranging from fountains to small squares filled with cafes, sundials and shady trees. The village is set against a pretty backdrop right on the edge of a plateau with what remains of a medieval castle standing watch above the village.

Exploring Aups

You should start your tour of Aups at the village tourist office which you will find located just outside the village’s historic centre. The first monument of interest you will come across is the Collegiale Saint-Pancrace which was built during the 16th century and now houses a small museum of art. From here you should journey further into the ancient village. Wandering the streets of central medieval Aups is a truly enjoyable experience. You will love the small chapels, ancient houses as well as the original village fortifications and its gateway.

The sights are all located near one another

The main sights you should seek out are clustered close to the Chapel Notre Dame de la Délivrance which is a small chapel that was constructed in the 19th century. From here you will be able to see a clocktower with a campanile that can trace its origin back to the 16th century and was originally built to serve as a lookout tower. You should also check out the Porte des Aires which is a gate that you enter and exit the medieval ramparts of Aups and date back as far as the 12th century.

Some interesting museum

You should also pay a visit to the Simon Segal Museum which features some interesting local and other paintings. Even if you decide you won’t visit, you should still check out the pretty old convent building the museum is housed in. There is a small statue of the Virgin Mary embedded in the wall that commemorates one of the worst days in Aups history. In 1574 the village was attacked and many young people were slaughtered at this location.

A window with a tile drip hood, Aups, Var, Provence by Spencer Means, on Flickr

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Get A £20 Shopping Voucher When You Sail With DFDS Seaways – Offer Ends 30-06-2017

Post by Sharat | June 21, 2017 | Travel Deals | Comment
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Save Up To 25% On Night Time Sailings With DFDS – Offer Ends 15-07-2017

Post by Sharat | June 21, 2017 | Travel Deals | Comment
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Post by Sharat | June 21, 2017 | Travel Deals | Comment
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Post by Sharat | June 21, 2017 | Travel Deals | Comment
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 Get A £15 Food Voucher When You Sail Between Dover and Calais With P&O Ferries – Offer Ends 26-06-2017

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P&O Ferries has a great offer right now. You could save as much as 25% on standard long break fares between Dover and Calais. This deal is applicable to cars, high cars. motorcycles and motorcycle combinations. You need to sail between 6PM and 6AM. All you need to do to get this deal is make a booking by 15th July 2017 for travel until 13th December and enter coupon code ENIGHTT at checkout and you could save big. Hurry this deal expires next month so head on over to the P&O Ferries site and make a booking today

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Aubagne Travel Guide

Post by Sharat | June 14, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Aubagne Travel Guide

You can find the small town of Aubagne located right in between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. This lovely little town is surrounded by hills. The town’s big claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of Marcel Pagnol, who was an author. Whilst Pangol is not as famous as Monet or Van Gogh he nevertheless is very popular. The town has resisted building fame and fortune from its association with Pangol but you will find a number of mentions of Pangol located at various places around town.

Exploring Aubagne

Aubagne is a pleasant town to visit and has managed to escape the tourist industry that tends to plague much of Provence’s Southern region. The town does have some attractions but they can be difficult to find. The house where Pangol was born is right in the centre of town and is furnished exactly as it was in 1895 so people who do visit can get a good sense of what it was like around the time of his birth. There are a number of religious monuments in the town that are worth visiting including the Church of Saint Sauver which was built during the 11th century and is located at the very top of the town right by an excellent viewing spot of the surrounding hills.

Check out the chapel

If you are wondering what else there is to see you should check out the Chapel of Penitents Noirs and the Chapel of Penitents Blancs, both of which are well worth visiting. Other attractions of interest which you will probably come across as you travel around town include the clock tower which dominates Aubagne and dates back to 1900. You should also check out the bread oven which can be found on Rue Torte which is very interesting and there is a church which has a triangular bell tower which is very unusual.

Attractions nearby

The association with Pangol is used to promote a number of walks through the hills above the town where the author lived and worked. If you want details of these routes and their timings you can obtain them from Aubagne tourist office. You can also pay a visit to La Font de Mai which is a very old and substantial farm that has about 100 hectares of countryside that is dedicated to the traditional regional farming activities.

Rue Gachiou, Aubagne by Cilou101, on Flickr

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The Roman Ruins At Arles

Post by Sharat | June 7, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
The Roman Ruins At Arles

Arles is a lovely town that is located in the South-West of Provence and is famous for a couple of things. Most importantly are its Roman ruins but there is also an association with Van Gogh which we won’t go into. Whilst both these aspects tend to attract many tourists, even if they weren’t present in the town, Arles would still be well worth the visit. Whilst there are lots of things to do in Arles, the main star is actually Arles itself. It has some lovely open squares with cafes that are bustling with activity and interlinked by narrow streets lined with lovely homes and shops.

Easy to explore

Arles town centre is relatively compact and very easy to explore. You should however start your visit with an exploration of the Roman part of Arles, more specifically at its partially restored amphitheatre. The structure is a largely intact round building that was of course used for gladiator competitions. There is enough of the original building that remains to get a good impression of what it would have been like 2 millennia ago, sitting on the benches and watching the spectacle of it all.

The Roman theatre

The other Roman attraction of not are the ruins of the Roman theatre, the necropolis at the Northern edge of town. There is not as much to see here as there is at the amphitheatre, but what remains of the theatre is substantial enough to get a good feel of the original structure which had a capacity of as many as 10,000 spectators. There is more Roman Sarcophagi that can be viewed at the Museum of Arles and Provence which excellent. There are some very interesting historical artefacts to be found at the museum including a Roman barge that dates back 2000 years.

The Place du Forum

The museum is extremely well organised and there are a bunch of things to do and see. One of the best artefacts from Roman times in Arles is the Place du Forum. During Roman times, this square lay at the heart of the city but these days it is surrounded by some impressive but more recently built buildings. All that now remains of the Place Du Forum from Roman times is a small part of an entrance gate that is mounted on two columns that has been absorbed into the Hotel du Forum’s wall. The Roman ruins are all listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Exploring Apt

Post by Sharat | May 28, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Exploring Apt

Apt is a small town in Provence that can found on the banks of the Coulon River on the Eastern side of the Luberon Natural Parc. Apt is perhaps best described as being a ‘lived in’ town instead of a tourist one. Apt can trace its origin right back to Roman times and every time period since then has had a huge impact on Apt which if you are patient enough you will be able to take stock of.

Checking out the town

The town’s most important historical attraction is the Cathedral of Saint Anne which was constructed in baroque style between the 11th to 17th centuries. There are plenty of things to discover in the cathedral such as a variety of decorative stone carvings. There are a couple of very old crypts as well as the Chapel of Saint Anne which is extremely ornately decorated. Apt’s historical city centre is based around the cathedral and there is a network of old streets that are lined with some very interesting housing as well as several open squares and fountains just waiting to be discovered.

The towers and markets

There are two towers that are of particular interest because of their ironwork campaniles which are built in the traditional style of Provence. You should also pay a visit to the excavated Roman ruins plus the tower in ramparts which is named the Tour de l’Hôpital is still substantial enough to also visit. The main market occurs weekly on Saturday’s plus there is also a very popular farmer’s market which takes place on Tuesday’s

Apt museums and galleries

The main Museum of Apt is divided into a couple of parts, the first one curates the important industries of the region such the manufacturer of property and is called Musée de l’AventureIndustrielle. The second section is called the Museum of History and Archaeology which doesn’t really require an explanation. Apt has a second museum called the Maison du Parc du Luberon and it goes without saying is dedicated to Luberon and the various fossils that have been found in the region.

Apt 005 by Ming-yen Hsu, on Flickr

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