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Adventures Online: A Journey Through the Many Faces of Provence

Program No. 24177RJ
Immerse yourself in the art and history of Provence from the comfort of your own home as local experts share their knowledge during virtual field trips and online presentations.
4 days
Rating (4.94)
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Delight in the art de vivre — the art of living — during an online immersion into the best of Provence! From the masterpieces of great artists like Cezanne and Van Gogh to the architecture of the Aix en Provence Cathedral, get a first-hand look at some of the region’s greatest treasures as local experts share their vast knowledge during virtual field trips and presentations. Trace Provencal history from Roman and Medieval times until today, with online field trips to Roman theaters and arenas, the Aix en Provence Cathedral and Aigues Morte, where you’ll learn about King Saint Louis and the Crusades. Explore the varied landscapes of Provence and learn about the lives of famous artists that were inspired by the region. Throughout this educational adventure, enjoy exclusive access to our local experts, take part in informative Q&A sessions and bond with other Road Scholars like you.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover why so many artists were inspired by Provence as you learn about the life and works of Cezanne, Van Gogh, Chagall, Matisse, Renoir, Monet and more.
  • Trace the history of Roman influence in Provence during virtual field trips to the Gallo Roman wonders of Southern France, including Roman theaters in Orange and Arles, the arena in Nimes, and the Pont Du Gard.
  • Learn about the “art of living” during a virtual field trip to villages of the area to explore wines and lavender, local crafts, architecture, literature and famous landscapes in Gordes, Lourmarin, Lacoste and beyond.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Markets of Provence: Food, Antiques, Crafts, and More
by Marjorie Williams
An in-depth pocket guide to 30 of the best markets in Provence. Dive into the heart of Provencal culture and navigate the markets like a local with maps, tips, and handy phrases.
Four Queens, the Provencal Sisters who Ruled Europe
by Nancy Goldstone
Transporting you back to back to the apogee of independent Provençal power in the Middle Ages, Goldstone captures the drama of 13th-century Europe in this history of the four daughters of the count of Provence -- future queens of France, England, Germany and Sicily.
The Food & Wine of France: Eating & Drinking from Champagne to Provence
by Edward Behr
Behr seeks out the best of French food, in encounters from Champagne to Provence, to tell the stories of French artisans and chefs who work at the highest level. He shares what he learns from these experts on French traditions and how to best enjoy this food.
The Popes of Avignon: A Century in Exile
by Edwin Mullins
Grounded in the architecture and papal legacy in Avignon and the surrounding area, this engaging history sets the 70-year period of papal exile in the south of France against the context of Europe's turbulent transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
Cezanne and Provence: The Painter in His Culture
by Nina Maria Athanassoglou-Kallmyer
Cezanne departed from Paris in 1886 to permanently resettle in his native Aix-en-Provence. This book explores the importance of this place for the artist as well as the regionalist politics of his day.
Van Gogh in Arles
by Alfred Nemeczek
A study of Van Gogh in the stunning setting of Arles in Provence, the place of his death.
Two Towns in Provence
by M. F. K. Fisher
Celebrated food writer M.F.K. Fisher contrasts village life in Aix-en-Provence with bustling Marseilles, evoking both with anecdote and loving description.
Provence: Food, Wine, Culture and Landscape
by Lars Boesgaard
A stunning portrait of an alluring, sun-drenched region. Whet your appetite for Provence with over 700 jaw-dropping images of the food, landscape, and local people.
A Year in Provence
by Peter Mayle
The original best-selling tale of an ex-pat settling down in Provence, told with warmth and a great deal of humor. It offers a wonderful inside look at the charms and quirks of the people and the countryside in the south of France.
The Yellow House
by Martin Gayford
Gayford chronicles the turbulent three months and texture of the daily lives of Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles, where they worked side by side in 1888. With 60 B&W reproductions.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett
One of the classics of English literature, this famous play is set in Provence. Two characters await a third, Godot, who never arrives.
Provence A-Z
by Peter Mayle
A companion to all things Provencal, from bouillabaisse to lavender and vinaigre, by the British expatriate and Francophile Peter Mayle.
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4.94 Average
(5) Review left 6/17/2021

I’ve just concluded my on-line trip to Provence. Since travel is still difficult, this was an extraordinary opportunity to visit and learn about this beautiful area. The sessions were very well prepared and presented the opportunity to visit the Provence virtually. The presenters Caroline and Martin were superb. Well worth every minute. I do plan to travel in 2022. Provence is at the top of my list. Magnifique !

This reviewer did not give a star rating. Review left 4/10/2021

What a delightful four days in Provence! Since we can't travel right now, this has to be the next best thing. Caroline and Martin are very knowledgeable and truly brought Provence alive for their "travelers." We could almost smell the lavender and taste the fresh produce sold at the colorful markets. The presentations were well organized, jam-packed with information, and supported by a wealth of visuals and video "field trips."

(5) Review left 3/12/2021

I highly recommend this online adventure to Provence. I felt I learned as much about the region in eight hours as I would have in a whole college semester. And it was much more fun! Caroline and Martin are amazing presenters. You will love them and the program.

(5) Review left 2/04/2021

Just WOW! Caroline and Martin are deeply knowledgeable and charmingly relatable. They did an excellent job of helping me "see and hear" Provence. I wanted to have a sprig of lavender with a slice of cheese so I could add in touch, smell, and taste.

(5) Review left 1/07/2021

Omg thus program was so comprehensive its unbelievable. Leaders are thorough, show many videos of the places they are telling us about. You'll learn more then you ever thought possible in these 8 hours.

(5) Review left 1/07/2021

This was a nice blend of cultural aspects, history, and art of the region. It is done with an eye toward organized content done in a concise manner with a great deal of humor from the perspective of presenters who actually have lived in the area of France.

(5) Review left 1/07/2021

This program gives you a great review of the long history of Provence with its changing borders. The virtual tours are a wonderful complement and allows you to see the remains from previous occupations. It as a great close with the art of VanGoug and Cezeene.

(5) Review left 1/07/2021

This was an outstanding program in every way! The program leaders, content, presentation and videos were all superb.

(5) Review left 1/07/2021

Thanks to the organization, charm and knowledge of the presenters, and variety of presentation format, I feel that I learned more about Provence than I would on a real-live trip to the area. t

(5) Review left 12/11/2020

This was a great program. Martin and Caroline are extremely articulate and they had a lot of detail about Provence. I've lived in Provence and had visited many of the places they discussed, but there were still places new to me. I loved the history and the architecture and art discussions.

(5) Review left 11/13/2020

This was the "next best" way to travel given the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Although I've been to Provence several times, I learned so much more about the area. The instructors were "Awesome"

(5) Review left 11/12/2020

Si9nce I cannot go to Provance right now, this is the next best thing- like taking a vacation in a lovely part of the world. I think I will pour myself a glass of something from France and pretend I am there.

(4) Review left 11/12/2020

Interested in traveling Provence? Need a little background, ideas for a Road Scholar trip or just need a respite from being home? This is a nice, concise and well done program that will make your day go so much better.

(5) Review left 11/12/2020

This was a wonderful sampler of all things Provencal. Whether you've been there before and want to revisit or if you've just always wanted to know what everyone raves about, this was well organized, delightfully hosted, and technically easy to manage. If you can't be there in person, this is a terrific substitute.

(5) Review left 11/12/2020

Wonderful virtual program. The two instructors presented a well prepared enjoyable program. They exhibited such enthusiasm and knowledge it was a delight to be a part of the class. Their love of the region was so genuine.

(5) Review left 11/12/2020

A Journey through the Many Faces of Provence is truly an exceptional program. The program is well planned, cohesive, flawlessly executed by Caroline and Martin, and enhanced through lectures and virtual field trips. Caroline and Martin are personable and available to answer questions during the lecture and Q.A. time. Q.A. time with Caroline, Martin, and other participants is provided before and after class. Immediate technical assistance is available from Road Scholar, if needed. Highly recommend this program!

This reviewer did not give a star rating. Review left 11/03/2020

Enjoyed Provence very much with Caroline and Martin ,our charming guides in Lyon

(5) Review left 10/08/2020

I’m so thankful to have these online opportunities to go abroad when it’s impossible to go for real.

(5) Review left 10/08/2020

Hihgly recommend this adventure online. Excellent leaders - knowledgable, personable and effective on Zoom. Well organized information packed into two hours. Beautiful pictures and videos. Loved every minute!

(5) Review left 10/08/2020

These online adventures are a wonderful opportunity for us to learn, and get a taste of travel. Caroline and Martin are very personable, and put together informative lectures and interesting "field trips". I particularly like the day on Van Gogh and Cezanne, where they showed paintings and the actual places of the paintings. I have a much better idea now of the diversity of the many sights of Provence.

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