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Les Baux de Provence: fortified castle

Les Baux de Provence.locationOne of “les plus beaux villages de France”, Les Baux de Provence was the first village we visitedafter Dada bought his car.

It is those rare cases where everything is opened even on a Sunday, thanks to the tourists. During the summer time, Southern France, especially Provence and Côte d’Azur, the villages are just as popular as Paris (only we are talking 365 days non-stop in Paris).

There ain’t much to see and to do in Les Baux. The “Carrières de Lumières” (Quarry of light if you must translate it) and the Château des Baux are the two only attractions.

We stopped by the Carrières first. I made a big mistake by forgetting my jacket. It wasn’t just chilly but to the point of cold inside. The lady at the entrance did warm me, but I was thinking along the line of “I am dying of heat stroke here… I’d love cold!”

CarrièresCarrières

The concept is to project paintings and photos on the wall along with music in the background.We spent around 2 hours inside, too long for Dada and too short for me to capture all the images. I think they did a section of Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir… but honestly I am not an arts person, all I wanted were the pretty images!

The castle was the next stop. We left our car along the street not far from the Carrières and walked towards the village to avoid spending hours to find a parking and of course to avoid paying the parking! (In France, on-street parking is free when it is further away from the center.)

Les Baux de ProvenceLes Baux de Provence

Just to be clear, I am not really into history or architecture, so I have no idea what style it is or what year it was built… The castle is big enough to spend an hour wandering around. What’s left now is just ruins but still it is impressive!

Les Baux is for sure a beautiful village. Up form the castle, we could see the whole village. Well even after 2 years (3 in another 3 months) in France, I still can’t resist these stone houses…

Les Baux de ProvenceBon voyage à tous 🙂

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