Known as the City of Princes, Orange is home to what is considered to be the best-preserved Roman theater in all of Europe.  Built between AD 10 and 25, the theater played host to musical and theatrical productions designed to spread the Roman culture throughout the colonies, but to also distract the public–particularly from the political goings-on of the time.  The impressive 130-meter/426-foot long façade still provides excellent acoustics.  No shouting required. But creating such amazing acoustics required following strict… Read more »

Upon leaving the beautiful Abbaye de Sénanque last summer, we wound our way a few kilometers south to the hillside village of Gordes for an enjoyable lunch and some sight-seeing.  Its perch high above the Luberon valley, paired with its unique cliff-hugging design, has earned Gordes a spot on the list of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, and as we approached, we were met  by a breathtaking view that explained why. Our lunch reservation was on the patio at L’Artegal, a lovely café… Read more »