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Scents & Flavours of Provence

The land where ‘terroir’ is king
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This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • leisurely walking through enchanting landscapes
  • authentic & welcoming local guesthouses
  • flavoursome Provençal cuisine - sample the fruits and flavours of the land

This timeless region, inspiration behind the lyrical novels of Marcel Pagnol and as far removed from the glitz of the Riviera as it is possible to imagine, is blessed with the most benevolent of climates. Indeed, beneath the Provençal sunshine everything seems to flourish and gives true expression to the sacred French notion of terroir, whereby nuanced flavours come to reflect the land from which they emerged. Fragrances of lavender, rosemary and wild thyme pervade the air, while a deliciously simple cuisine – with plump red tomatoes and creamy goats cheese to the fore – seduces the palate.
He put a plate in front of me – two small round goats’ cheeses, specked with herbs... he watched as I cut off a piece of cheese and ate it. It was ferociously strong. My palate had been perfectly primed and the wine tasted like nectar.
     
Peter Mayle, 'A Year in Provence'
This leisurely walk reveals the quiet side of Provence – the ravishing landscapes between the wooded folds of the Luberon and the rugged summit of Mount Lure. Along the way, you discover sleepy villages and towns, gently rolling hills coated with aromatic plants, tiny chapels, lavender fields, and medieval Forcalquier whose ancient citadel stands guard over these timeless, undulating landscapes. Distances are short, leaving you plenty of time to relax and unwind at the characterful guesthouses, where you will be welcomed with warm hospitality and delicious Provençal cuisine.
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