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RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Provence: Legendary Light, Wind And Wine

Rick Steves visits Arles Arena, France
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Rick Steves visits Arles Arena, 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.

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 Steves: Provence, France: Côtes du Rhône
Rick Steves: Arles, France: Ruins, Museums and International Flavor
Rick Steves: Nîmes, France: Bullfighting, French-Style

This episode originally aired in 2011.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is 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.


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