Les Baux de Provence

We were invited to have an outing with our friends the Dargaunces, the Riberas, and Maria del Carmen et Paul on Saturday afternoon.  Aaron and I were under the impression that we were going to be hiking through something similar as a National Park.  We all were prepared with walking sticks, water and shoes for the occasion.  When we arrived at the Dargaunces’ house we were still under this impression as Aline made a comment about wearing her long jeans and she was putting on her walking shoes.  We were all looking forward to a nice hike.

We drove about 30-40 minutes and arrived at this beautiful village amongst rock formations.  I could tell the boys were excited to go and explore.  Little did we know that we were going to be exploring the village.  Which means, leisurely walking along the streets and periodically entering little quaint boutiques.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE discovering a beautiful French village, but my children were prepared for a hike.  I know we will come back for hiking because we saw trails out in the distance amongst the rocks and trees.  Once again, the language barrier created misinformation! :)

Les Baux de Provence is breathtaking.  The views from the village that sits up high on a hill are amazing.  We looked  down upon perfectly manicured lawns and gardens with old stone houses dotting the landscape.  I felt like I was looking at a painting!  The village itself is so quaint and lovely.  The shops are so specialized and inviting!  I want to go back with Julia and Alexis so we can just enjoy a stroll and shopping!

Les Baux de Provence is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.  If interested do an internet search for this village and you will discover its’ beauty.  I am grateful we got to go, even though my kids did not get to hike.  My pictures do not do this village justice, as I only brought my cell phone camera with me.

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Notice Austin with the walking stick!   When we left the village he said, “I felt like the dumbest person walking around!  I was the only one with a walking stick!”

We saw two different wedding parties in the village.  Couples in France get married at the Mairie’s office, which is usually in the center of any village or city.  It is fun to see women and men dressed up.  I have noticed over the years that women wear hats to weddings here in France.  It is so intriguing and fun to see and discover a different culture!

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Food always seems to be a part of our discovering a new place.  The kids came upon a little candy shop that had long ropes of different flavors.  We all tried various kinds, coca cola, marshmallow, fruit, sour, etc.  It was funny.  Isabella and I laughed about how both of our families end up buying things on these little outings but it always seems to be food!  We did get home with a purchase of Savon de Marseille, which is soap of Marseille.  We love this soap.  It comes in beautiful, colorful bars.

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3 thoughts on “Les Baux de Provence

    • Thanks Bret! I will have to check it out! I think the French have gotten better with hygiene over the 20+ years I have been visiting the country. Don’t get me wrong, there are still those that “reek”, but the majority don’t smell so bad! :)

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