This is Peter Mayle Country

Wikipedia notes that Provence, in southern France,”is a favorite destination for French high society and British and American (senior) visitors because of the pleasant and picturesque towns and villages, comfortable way of life, agricultural wealth, historical and cultural associations.” Perhaps that is why Peter Mayle, a British citizen, chose this area for retirement.

In the last two decades the Luberon has become especially known in the English-speaking world through a series of books by author Peter Mayle chronicling his life as an expatriate settled in the Luberon village of Ménerbes. The NY Times writes that folks get “Happily Lost in the Luberon.”

I had the good fortune to meet Peter Mayle, known as Mr. Provence with his famous book A Year in Provence and a movie made with the same title. I met Mayle in a bakery in Cavaillon where our senior travel group was learning all about how they make good French bread. This bakery, the Auzet Bakery, is the most famous in all of France.

Peter Mayle was preparing to write another book entitled “Confessions of a French Baker.”  Now he has another on the market called The Vintage Caper.  The list of his books is long and the subject is always Provence… that is Peter Mayle.

Seniors Can Rent A Villa or Join a Tour

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TripAdvisor lists 269 choices for rent for senior visitors to consider. That will keep you busy for a while. Their recommendations on popular destinations brings back many memories for me as I have been in each of these super villages. Maybe you would just as soon take a small group tour of Provence.  I introduced you to the “Luberon Experience” in yesterday’s blog. Elderhostel is another great choice. I have personally led a dozen trips for this organization. It’s called Road Scholar now, but still the same educational adventure for seniors travelers.

Maybe Bike or Hike

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You can hike or bike year round in Provence… the sun is always shining just like here in the Valley.  Great area for biking.  Here’s another and an opportunity to ride a bike across The Luberon. Maybe rent a car at the airport in Marseilles and tour the area on your own.  I’ll map out the region for you to explore that includes the Luberon Nature Reserve.  Check out the video here and note the ochre colors that dominate the area, especially in Roussillon. I could go on and on but I leave you with one more URL. Enjoy the experience as I know you will.  jeb

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