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Rick Steves’ Europe: Provence: Legendary Light, Wind And Wine

Airs Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rick Steves visits Arles Arena, France

Rick's Travel Tips

Explore Europe confidently, efficiently and safely using these travel tips.

Rick Steves visits a winery in Côtes du Rhone, France
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Above: Rick Steves visits a winery in Côtes du Rhone, France

Rick Steves visits the Maison Carrée in Nîmes, France
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Above: Rick Steves visits the Maison Carrée in Nîmes, France

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series "Rick Steves' Europe," and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

"Provence: Legendary Light, Wind And Wine" - Provence, known for its soft light and fierce wind, is as loved by Americans as it is by the sun. We climb Roman ruins in Nîmes, explore a papal palace in Avignon, and savor vivid views immortalized by van Gogh in Arles. Crossing acres of lavender and wispy vineyards, we explore the Côtes du Rhône and more wonders of the South of France.

This episode originally aired in 2011.

For lots more information, check out our best-selling Rick Steves' France and Rick Steves' Provence & the French Riviera guidebooks — or join us on one of our free-spirited tours in Europe.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is freedom...one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise, going casual...Through the Back Door.

Rick Steves is on Facebook, and you can follow @RickSteves on Twitter.

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Rick Steves: Provence, France: Côtes du Rhône

Above: The sunny Côtes du Rhône region of France has tempted travelers with its wines practically since it was settled in 600b.c. by the Greeks. Today, family-run wineries offer an enticing selection of wines that are delightful on your palate, yet easy on your pocketbook. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves: Arles, France: Ruins, Museums and International Flavor

Above: With its strategic bridge over the Rhône River, Arles was a key stop on Roman road from Italy to Spain. By the 1700s, Arles became a sleepy town of little importance, but today Arles thrives again with Roman ruins, an assortment of museums and welcoming pedestrian zones. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves: Nîmes, France: Bullfighting, French-Style

Above: Nîmes' Arena, which is still in use, is considered the best conserved from ancient Rome. It's another example of fine Roman engineering and propaganda. The arena still hosts colorful pageantry and macho-men still face dangerous beasts, à la Provençale style — meaning the bull dies of old age, not via the sword. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.