I've already shown you some pic's from my vacation in Aix En Provence, from where I returned back home few days ago (well actually a week ago) and as I've received recently as well a lovely big travel handbook* from Dumont, I though to share with you a kinda "sneak peek" from the inside of this great book, full of interesting addresses in and around Aix En Provence and Cote d'Azur as well as the typical sight-seeing spots, which we all want or visited during our stay in France and a bunch of small maps as well as a big folded map inside on the back of the guide.
DUMONT Provence Cote d'Azur Travel-Handbook/Guide* - 26.99 € (Austria), 24.99 € (Germany)
This book is huge, on about 450 pages you will find not just high-end pictures from all hot spots, small cute towns, hidden historical places as well as beaches. Unfortunately the lavender fields haven't been yet "ready", like we saw the places, where usally you see such beautiful deep purple lavender fields, but it hasn't been the month to catch them while they are most beautiful like on the picture above.
But I've seen the gorgeous port and town of Cassis, where Virginia Woolf has spent some nice summers with some friend/family and where she written on her novel (or at least I've heard so). If you are from Marseille or if you will spend some days there, Cassis is just approx. 50-60 min. away by car or what about visiting the nice beach of La Ciotat which is approx. 35 min. away (car) or the National Park of Calanques, which isn't far away too and you would see from above the Calanques the sparkling azur blue sea:) There are many opportunities not to stay a whole week in this little town but I quite felt in love with their cute market and flea markets, which are near the port.
Or what about visiting a 2000 year old bridge?! I mean 2000 years are a pretty damn long time, and the bridge looks almost like bridges from the 18th or 19th century but no this one has been already here before even all these historical castles, wars or whatever have taken place (just try to imagine, I've tried and failed!). Pond du Gard is today a world heritage monument of UNESCO, quite breathtaking, make sure to visit this magical place, it's totally worth to pay the entrance of approx. 9 €!
Avignon is located on the left bank of of thed Rhone river, its historical center has become 1995 a further world heritage of UNESCO, which includes the Palais des Papes, the cathedral and Pont Saint-Benezet. The city is mainly know for its history including the Avignon Papacy, where during the 14th century seven popes resided in Avignon and the massive conflict between them and the french crown, which has let Avignon quite bleeding (many people were killed during this time).
The Provence & Cote d'Azur - travel handbook* is not just prectical and handy (as it has the size of a regular book:)) as well as it contains a huge map on the back, which allows you to escape many more places without needing a wifi or navigation or nasty tour guide person:)!
It's available online (here) and in good sorted bookstores in Austria, Germany or Switzerland, France, Britain, Italy, Belgium and Netherland.