Les Baux-de-Provence

As we drove across the plains from St-Remy-de-Provence it was pretty obvious when we were near Les Baux-de-Provence. Massive rocky outcrops just rose up into view.

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It was also obvious which outcrop had the 11th century medieval citadel perched on top of it too.

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In days of old it would have certainly been hard to attack from this side at least. Like many of these hilltop towns you had to park below and walk up and Les Baux-de-Provence was no different. The town nowadays has its roots only as far back as the 16th and 17th centuries.

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The main street had a few tourists looking in the inevitable boutiques, souvenir shops and cafes.

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However we walked unimpeded along most of the narrow streets and lanes. The advice to come here at the end of the afternoon after the tourist buses have left was good.

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At one point we came upon a small courtyard with an exhibition by French artist/photographer Philippe Assalit who with the wonders of Photoshop had combined portraits of women from around the world with the currency from their country. Really effective!

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The higher we went the better the views.

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Now who's the Queen of the castle?

Now who’s the Queen of the castle?

By this time it was definitely ‘beer o’clock’.

Cheers!

The view from the balcony was a good reward for all the uphill walking.

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At least it was a downhill walk as we wound our way back to our car!

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*Interesting fact – Les-Baux is the town that gives its name to a mineral discovery, ‘bauxite’, which helped revive the area by bringing quarry miners and in turn tourists to the town.

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