Food & Lifestyle

The Art of Living

Provence… the name conjures up images of charming hilltop villages, terraced vineyards, rocky hillsides, pastel meadows, lush fields of lavender, intensely blue skies, windswept seashores, and open-air cafés serving bouillabaisse and rosé.

Made famous by the Impressionist artists Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso, this sun-drenched region is set in the southeastern corner of France, along the Mediterranean Sea. It encompasses the cities of Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, Cannes, Marseille, Nice, and Saint-Tropez.

Provence is known for its intensely blue skies, warm summers, plentiful winds, and abundant sunshine – up to 2,900 hours per year. Its classic Mediterranean climate also brings mild winters and little rainfall. The region's clear, sapphire skies are a gift of the strong mistral winds, which sweep all clouds and dust from the atmosphere. Visitors can count on lovely weather throughout the region from May through October.

Provence offers the lifestyle many Americans dream of. It's an outdoor lifestyle, flavored with fresh local vegetables, seafood, olive oil, and food-friendly wines. People tend to live and eat outside, taking full advantage of their beautiful surroundings. If Provence is calling you, learn about some places to visit.