The Region

Aix la RotundeAix-en-Provence is not only a town of water and a town of art, but is also a town of history and culture.  It has been a town of water since it was founded on a site rich in thermal springs by the Romans, 2200 years ago.  It boasts more than 50 fountains.  This town of art hosts an opera festival  dedicated to Mozart and is the birthplace of Paul Cézanne. The monuments found in this town of history bear witness to all the eras since ancient times up until today. There are dozens of private town houses from the 17th and 18th centuries that you will discover while strolling the pedistrian streets. Aix-en-Provence is steeped in provençale culture with its markets, boutiques, shaded squares, and cafés.

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La Côte Bleue (The Blue Coast) includes about 40km of Mediterranean coastline between Marseille and Martigues. Less exposed to tourism than the French Riviera (la Côte d'Azur), La Côte Bleue preserves a wild character where magnificent cliffs meet the beautiful sea. A train (SNCF) connects the several quaint seaside villages that line the coast.

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The Camargue was formed by the delta of the Rhône River. It consists of 360.000 acres of wetlands, pastures, dunes, and salt flats. The region hosts a unique collection French culture homestay - La Camargue
of flora and fauna including pink flamingoes and ibises. The pastures provide grazing for sheep, bulls, and white horses which are ridden by the "gardians" (cowboys) who traditionally lived in thatched huts and still play a part in keeping the Camargue traditions alive. 

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The Alpilles - This chain of limestone hills running east-west is where bauxite was first discovered (named after the village of Baux-de-Provence). The Alpilles are an extension of the Luberon mountains, which stretch out to the east. French culture homestay - Baux en ProvenceAlthough the ridge along the top seems white and barren, the Alpilles have been rich in almonds, apricot, olives and grain since the middle ages. The steep slopes were terraced, and the trees and grains were planted because of their adaptability to the arid conditions.

Windmills were constructed along the higher part of the hills, to catch the mistral to power the grinding of grain to flour. A few of the old windmills can still be seen.
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The Luberon is a beautiful region for French culture homestay - Le Luberon visiting, by car, foot, bicycle or horse. The mountains and forests are beautiful. There are scores of lovely, ancient villages, many with castles, forts, ruins, towers, and other geographical and historical sites. 

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Other possible sites:

Marseille 1

Marseille 2

Arles 1

Arles 2

Avignon 1

Avignon 2

Avignon Festivals

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