Les Baux

My friend Barbra came down to Provence from Paris for a couple of days. On our first morning together we headed out to Les Baux, a landmark described in our villa’s suggestions book as “Don’t Miss It!”

What we found was an amazingly ancient village atop a hill overlooking southern France. Rocky cliffs, walls of an abandoned castle and its towers plus various weapons of war. Apparently people had been living at this site as early as 6000 BC. Around 2 BC it was the Celts who made it their home. In the Middle Ages the Lords of Baux claimed the territory. By the 12th century the family was deposed and the court ultimately “extinguished in the 15th century with the last princess of Baux, Alice of Baux”. Today the town is under Princess Caroline of Monaco’s rule, even though it’s part of proper France.

Today what remains is a beautiful town full of shops, restaurants and inspiring views.

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