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Going Slow in La Belle France

Self guided walking and cycling holidays in FranceSoft, rolling hills embroidered with the neat, spent rows of harvested lavender; golden hued villages perched on hilltops and expansive wetlands speckled by tamarisk trees and populated by black bulls, white horses and elegant flamingos.

It’s all a far cry from the rugged, volcanic peaks of the Canary Islands that constitute our usual stomping ground, and it's getting under our skin.


Self guided walking and cycling holidays in FranceExploring Provence and the Camargue to capture the essence of Inntravel’s newest additions to their French holidays, every day brings a new world of explosive sensory experiences. From the sight of hundreds of flamingos just feet away from us in a flatland delta, their heads tucked beneath the shocking pink of their wing feathers, to wandering the cobbled lanes of St Rémy de Provence watching artists attempting to commit the spirit of Van Gogh to oils on canvas, the panoramas and colours of the region have ebbed and flowed in a kaleidoscopic tide of texture and tone.

Self guided walking and cycling holidays in FranceFrom tasting hot grapes straight from the vine at Château Mourgues du Grès to devouring the creamy intensity of pungent Banon cheese smeared on chunks of crusty bread in the shade of an ancient olive tree, the terroir has taken our taste buds on a culinary odyssey. And from being totally immersed in the paintings of the Impressionists at Carrières de Lumières to strolling the 2000-year-old stones of the Roman forum hidden deep beneath the streets of Arles, our emotions have been awakened by sublime beauty and a potent historical legacy.

Self guided walking and cycling holidays in FranceTo us, this region of Provence and the Camargue perfectly encapsulates everything Inntravel and the Slow movement stand for. The stunning variety of the landscapes encountered in even the shortest of journeys; the succulent lamb, fragrant herbs and amazing variety of cheeses to be found in even the smallest of hamlets; the vibrant markets to be explored, the wines to be savoured and the rich diversity of wildlife to be observed all force us to stop, and stare, and savour the moment, and be glad that we’re here, even if only for a short time.

See for yourself...

To experience all this and more, choose our 6-night cycling holiday Impressions of the Camargue or a week’s self-catering stay at the Provençal Apartments in Beaucaire.

Posted: 20/03/2014 15:11:52 by Andy Montgomery | with 0 comments
Filed under: Camargue, France, gastronomy, slow, travel, wildlife

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