When we planned our trip to Provence, we decided that we wanted to stay somewhere that had a rural feel but would allow us to travel to many different places easily. Vallabrégues was our Provence base.

The town itself doesn’t really have that much: a town square, a supermarket, a restaurant which was closed, a pizzeria, the local bar and a basket weaving museum that we missed. It was enough for us.

As we approached our destination, driving through Aigues Mortes, the Camargue, Beaucaire and Tarascon, we started to get excited, and it’s easy to see why. The light and landscapes were changing and to get to Vallábregues we had to drive past this beauty:

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Provence welcomed us with the kind of light we expected from it, the kind that makes you want to get out your watercolours (or, well, your iPhone) and capture it forever.

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By the time we got there, the sun was going down, so we didn’t have time do do much except for ohhhh-ing and ahhhh-ing at the blue and green shutters and going for a short walk that took us to the river Rhône, where we witnessed the first of many beautiful sunsets Provence would offer us.

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Going to bed to that beautiful sunset and waking up to this view from our room definitely made it seem like the 7 hour drive had been totally worth it, and we hadn’t even seen anything yet!

Tarascon image credit: Wikimedia