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When we put together walking routes, there are certain ingredients which make a trail memorable. These include scenery with the impact of an uppercut, curios along the way (the odder the better) and, vitally important, a homely hostel…

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Although there are prettier and more quaint villages in Haute-Provence to explore, what Forcalquier has going for it is it’s an aesthetically pleasing and practical base.

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Our visit to Fontvieille in Les Alpilles was a fleeting one, a pause between where we’d come from and where we were going.

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Walking through the gates to the courtyard from the car park and capturing first sight of this elegant French estate is a bit of a wow moment…

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In Forcalquier in France we were horrified to find some restaurants turning chairs upside down on tables just after 9pm on a Saturday night…

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Two collies frolic on the lawn beneath a bank of sunny flowers whilst Eric and Bruno, owners of La Campagne Berne, welcome us with a tray of liqueurs served…

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All those impossibly picturesque landscapes in paintings are no artistic interpretation, Provence looks like a Van Gogh. Sunflowers; rolling hills; balloons…

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The facilities are excellent. An outdoor swimming pool and stylish sunbathing area elevated the Pullman from an airport, business hotel to more chill out and holiday.

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