A Trip to Provence, October 2002

We flew into Nice, spent 5 days in Cannes (for the Open Group conference) and then spent a week in St. Remy.

While in Cannes we went to the Fragonard factory in Grasse, and drove through some of the hill towns such as Le Bar sur Loup, Vence and St. Paul de Vence. We also went off the tourist beaten path to Draguignan, which happens to be the home of the French Army's Artillery School (and museum). We drove by the amazing Roman monument at La Turbie and drove through Monaco.

After the Open Group conference, we stayed in St. Remy and did day trips to most of the "A list" sites in western Provence, including Avignon, Isle sur la Sorgue, Orange, Les Baux, Arles, Nimes, Pont du Gard, Tarascon and Apt. We saw the Cistercian monastaries at Le Thoronet and Senaque, and enjoyed market day at Apt, Tarascon, Orange and St. Remy. We also bought a couple of bottles of wine at Chateauneuf du Papes.

Roman ruins were a main focus of our trip. Our favorite sites were the arena at Nimes, Maison Carree at Nimes, the theatre at Orange and the Gallo-Greek and Gallo-Roman ruins at Glanum (outside of St. Remy). Other favorite sites were the town of Les Baux, the castle at Tarascon and the market at Apt. The antique stores at Isle sur-la-Sorgue were nice, but above our price range :-)

The best source of information on Provence is located at the website of "ProvenceBeyond". We also depended on the Michelin Green Guide and the Rough Guide for both tourist and practical information.

The remaining pages are basically photographic contact sheets from the digital camera. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image. Eventually we hope to organize these photos into something more coherent. I apologize in advance for those photos that need to be rotated that I haven't done yet.

Photos from other trips are located here.

Technical details: All photos taken with a Nikon 995, occasionally using a .66 wide angle converter, and often with a polarizer filter and graduated neutral density filter. The latter is particularly important when trying to get pictures of the hill towns. The website pages were generated by Graphic Converter, the "Swiss Army Knife" of graphics programs for the Mac. No touch-up has been done with Photoshop or anything else. No Windoze products were used in the production of this website.

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