Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a lovely town. It is filled with quaint little shops, delicious restaurants and small winding streets.
It is located just a few miles south of Avignon with the Alpilles mountain range to the north.
Here you will find buildings that are centuries old and feature shutters in perfect postcard paint shades.
As always, look up as even the upper street corners may be embellished.
Saint Rémy was the birthplace of Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame) a 16th century apothecary who became famous for his 1555 published prophecies “Les Propheties”. He has been credited with predicting many major world events.
There is a fountain on the street which claims his birthplace.
As with most European cities, towns and villages there are numerous fountains. I was not sure if this fountain featured a dragon, fish or perhaps a dragon fish?
We loved exploring all the small shops.
At Joel Durand’s shop the famed patissier was in the process of making rose flavored chocolates. They were delicious!
We enjoyed a late lunch at a sidewalk café. I am still dreaming about this delicious summer salad which featured tomatoes, avocado, local cheese and olives. Yum!
My cousin introduced me to my new favorite drink. A refreshing grapefruit and tonic water beverage that is sadly not sold stateside. I’ve been trying to recreate it at home.
As always we encountered truly charming people.
There are many other sites to see in Saint Rémy:
For those that love art you can follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. Between 1889-1890 he was treated at the psychiatric center at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole (Saint Paul Monastery), a beautiful Franciscan convent.
There are markers all over the city that show you the perspective of Van Gogh when he created various paintings of the area. I did not see all 21 sites…after all I had to leave something for my next trip! :)
On the outskirts of Saint Rémy is Glanum, a fortified Roman city that began in 27 B.C. and was abandoned in 260 A.D. It is known for two well-preserved Roman monuments~ France’s oldest triumphal arch and the Mausoleum of the Julii.
I hope you enjoyed the tour!
Next week we’ll be seeing even more of Provence!
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