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Welcome to Provence
Think about Provence and what comes to mind? Fields of lavender, sunflowers and olive trees? A slower pace of life, a Sunday lunch under the shade of plane trees in a village square, a café crème at a sidewalk café, or a long walk through a forest of oak and chestnut trees?
You may think of a village clinging to the side of a mountain, a church tower with a wrought-iron campanile where the mistral finds little obstruction, or narrow cobble-stoned lanes. And, finally, when you're marvelling at the rocky inlets of the Mediterranean sea, or relaxing on the beach of Pampelonne, near Saint-Tropez, it's also possible to say, 'I'm in Provence!'
Provence, to many a surprised visitor, also includes the Côte d'Azur. The famous towns of the Riviera - Cannes, Nice, Antibes, St Tropez are also a part of this diverse area. The French divide up their country into 'regions' of which Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur (also referred to as PACA) is one. This 'region' is then split up into six 'departments': Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, and Vaucluse.
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