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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Lavender field

Lavender fields in Provence – Origin – Facts

Lavender has been cultivated in Provence since time immemorial for the production of essential oil used in pharmacology and in the perfume industry

Provencal fabrics

Provencal fabrics – Their origins – History

The colourful Provencal fabrics, initially imported from India and known as Indiennes during the 17th century were soon adapted to French style and trend

Hotel Regina in Cimiez

Cimiez – Historical Nice – French Riviera

Cimiez, on the heights of Nice on the French Riviera, is home to the Roman Cemenelum and its museum, a monastery, the Matisse Museum and the Hotel Regina

Ocher deposits in Roussillon

Roussillon Village in Luberon – Provence

Roussillon in the Parc Naturel Régional du Lubéron in Provence, a village perched on a ridge of ochre clay once used in the textile industry to color fabric

Village en Provence

Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region origins

Provence is part of the PACA Region and stretches between the Alps Mountains, Rhône Valley and Mediterranean and includes the French Riviera and Camargue

Nativity scenes for Christmas

Nativity Scenes – Creches de Noel – origin

The French Nativity Scenes or Crèches de Noël consist of small figurines or santons that represent the Birth of Jesus of Nazareth in the stable of Bethlehem

Eze village on the French Riviera

Eze village – French Riviera

Eze village, the Eagle’s Nest, a renowned tourist site of French Riviera and its exotic garden landscaped among the ruins of its medieval castle
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild – History

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, the lavish mansion Beatrice de Rothschild, great art lover and woman of character, built in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the Riviera
French Alps Flora - Cirse laineux - Wooly thistle

French Alps flora

The French Alps flora gathers some 4500 plant, flower and tree species that grow on 5 distinct vegetation zones or ecosystems found at different altitudes
Laurelled Apollo House - Puymin - Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine, roman ruins and medieval city

Vaison-la-Romaine, a medieval city of Vaucluse in Provence that boasts an impressive number of Roman ruins including a 1st century AD single arch bridge

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