- ISBN 9780500289969
- 24.20 x 19.50 cm
- Paperback with flaps
- 304 Illustrations, 304 in colour
- First published 2012
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‘Evocative photographs whet the appetite for a trip to the south’ – The Sunday Express
‘A glowing celebration of the lovely villages of Provence … a perfect choice for either armchair travel or to inspire your next trip to the South’ – Destination France Magazine
‘The photographs of simple churches, fountains, shady squares and cobbled lanes demand leisurely observation … beautiful. Highly recommended’ – Library Journal
Provence is a land apart, a land of outstanding beauty and character. This book is a celebration of the spirit of place that continues to entrance visitors
The Greeks, the Romans, the barbarians of the North and the Moors have all left their traces in its villages and small towns, from the hills and mountains of the Lubéron to the villages perchés of the Alpes-Maritimes.
It is in smaller communities that the true Provençal spirit can be found: in sunlight falling across the tightly grouped terracotta roofs, or in the velvety shade in an ancient square – the country of Marcel Pagnol and Jean de Florette. Such scenes come alive here in Hugh Palmer’s radiant photographs and Michael Jacobs’ evocative accounts.
The book opens with the villages of the Vaucluse and the Bouches-du-Rhône then moves east to the Var and eventually the mountains of the Alpine départements, drawing out the special characteristics of each region. Here are the tranquil villages of the centre, but in stark contrast are the fortified hill villages of the east, perched on crests or terraced along the mountainside.
• Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhône: Ansouis; Bonnieux and Pont Julien; Crestet; Gordes; Lacoste; Lourmarin; Ménerbes; Oppède-le-Vieux; Roussillon; Séguret; Vaison-la-Romaine; Venasque; Eygalières; Les Baux-de-Provence
• Var and Alpes-Maritimes: Ampus; Bargemon; Cotignac; Entrecasteaux; Les Arcssur-
Argens; Seillans; Tourtour; Trigance; Villecroze; Éze; La Brigue;
Lucéram; Peillon; Saint-Paul-de-Vence; Saorge
• Alpes-de-Haute-Provence: Annot; Colmars-les-Alpes; Entrevaux; Lurs; Méailles; Riez
Hugh Palmer, one of Britain’s leading photographers of architecture and gardens, has contributed to many titles in the Most Beautiful Villages series.
Michael Jacobs has written many books on European travel, including the Penguin Guide to Provence.
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