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Les Alpilles
April 2007

April 30, 2007 --  Off we go through the winding hills south of Avignon, heading toward a cluster of charming villages:  Fontvieille (home of Alphonse Daudet's mill and the Regalido hotel and restaurant), Paradou (home of the infamous Bistrot Paradou and an old Roman aqueduct), Maussanne-les-Alpilles (home of great olive oil) and les Baux (a perched village that can be seen for miles). We've spent time in this area before and always try to swing through when we're in the area, not only for olive oil and good food, but also because of its beauty and warmth. We weren't disappointed.


Les Baux is perched on limestone cliffs...
(view from the west)

(view of Joe in the car)

 

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...and can be seen from all around
(view from the east).
 



In addition to olives, there are a number of nice wines from the region,
many of them organic (biologique),
including le Mas de Sainte-Berthe.
Some of the old vines are
more than 50 years old.

 

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Daudet's mill near Fontvieille
 

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Paradou, the crossroads of les Alpilles region and home to le Bistro Paradou

     
     

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