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France - La Provence



It's wrong to be French. - Al Bundy

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In August of 1991 my first real holiday abroad became a reality. I wanted to go to the Provence in the south east of France, and because I didn't know much of the country or the language I decided to go on a two week camping trip organized by Do It, with a group of seven other Dutch people and a hostess. We travelled using a Toyota Mini-Van which seated 9 people.

It was a great holiday, we visited a lot of natural and ancient man-made highlights. The weather was great except maybe once or twice, and the group was a lot of fun. We were all travelling alone yet together as a group. And I'm sure we broke some records on both wine and garlic consumption.

We visited the following places:
Orange
Avignon
Remoulins
Pont du Gard
Nîmes
Arles
St-Gilles
Aigues-Mortes
Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Salin-de-Giraud
Fontvieille
St-Rémy-de-Provence
Les Baux
Gordes
Moustiers
Lac de Ste-Croix
Gorges du Verdon
Castellane

The Gorges du Verdon was absolutely the most amazing piece of nature I had ever seen. It is a crack in Mother Earth of approx. 20 km length, at the bottom of which a beautiful blue-green river, the Verdon, is flowing towards the Lac de Ste-Croix.
The Gorges is also known as the 'Grand Canyon' of France, and even though it is not nearly as big as the real one, it is probably just as beautiful, and as we all know: size doesn't matter. At least one can see most of the Gorges in just two or three days. We hiked twice through the Gorges, the second time being 14 kilometers and not always easy, but well worth the effort.

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