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Provence Byways


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An intimate and detailed guidebook to the Luberon region of Provence. Also available in pdf form.

Location: France


Have just spent a week in Provence and the place we stayed has an old copy of your guidebook. We used it as the guide for virtually our whole week and it has been fantastic, so thank you very much! Rod and Jane G., 2013

"As a former travel writer myself, I'd like to compliment you on the clear and concise information in your book. We found it invaluable during our day-long excursions in the Luberon. Peter Jurney,  2011.

"I often wonder if Bob and Sue Winn, the authors of the guidebook, have any idea how many memorable days they have given to Provence visitors with their backroads tours." Chris, on SlowTravel, 2007

"We have had so many guests with your book as a Bible!" Françoise Herry, owner of Les Cordières, Lourmarin, 2004

"Thanks so much for your guidebook, and bravo! What a great job. You really seem to have the right spirit and attitude. It's obvious you've spent a lot of time around here and are at least as passionate as we are about the Luberon." Kevin and Elisabeth Widrow, owners of Le Mas Perreal, Saint Saturnin-les-Apt, 2004


For five years, from 1997 through 2001, we hosted small groups for a week at a time in the summer in our village of Lourmarin. In the course of preparing for our groups we wrote a guidebook on a variety of subjects of interest to travelers in the Luberon region of Provence, which we regularly update. The guidebook is focused, practical, and based on our personal point of view--our experience, our research, our enthusiasm, and our taste. It has been "road tested" and updated during our latest stay in Provence, January of 2013.

The Guidebook contains the following sections:

  • A Very Brief History of Provence: A concise overview of 2500 years of history of the region. The emphasis is on the visible history--the traces of the past that remain in the present landscape.
  • Notes on Rural and Village Architecture: A quick survey of the kinds of rural buildings you will see in the countryside in Provence, along with architural features to note in the villages.
  • Back Roads of the Luberon: This section contains three back-road itineraries that take you to some of our favorite out-of-the-way places in the Luberon: tiny villages, evocative ruins, dramatic canyons, and intimate valleys.
  • Beyond the Luberon: This section includes five day-trips to sites within easy driving distance of the Luberon. The first takes you north of the Luberon into the Vaucluse plateau, the second via Roussillon and Gordes to the Cistercian Abbey of Senanque and the Fontaine de Vaucluse. The third follows scenic back roads to Les Baux and St. Remy, the fourth heads north into a wilder Provence to the town of Sault, and the fifth goes even farther north, into the wine region of the craggy limestone peaks called the Dentelles.
  • Two Great Cities of Provence: This is our personal guide to two of the most visitor-friendly cities in Provence: Aix-en-Provence and Arles. Each is rich in history, full of life, and easy to explore on foot. Our itineraries give historical background as well as detailed information about where to park, where to eat, and what sites and scenes not to miss.
  • Wines of the Luberon: This section discusses the Côtes du Luberon appellation and then describes the wines of nine wineries that can be visited on both the south and the north sides of the Luberon.
  • The Food of Provence: This section includes an introduction to Provençal cuisine, some tips to help you enjoy your eating-out experiences, information on the outdoor markets, a list of restaurants in the region that is tied in with the itineraries, and a French/English food glossary.

Our Guidebook is self-published, in spiral-bound 8½" x 11" format, and is ninety-four pages long, printed on both sides of the page. It has eleven maps and thirteen black and white photos. It costs $20 (plus $2.75 postage within the United States). For orders from Canada postage is $4.35. For orders from all other countries postage is $9.70. Now also available as a pdf for $13.

If you would like to buy a copy go to our website at www.provencebyways.com. You will find details about ordering at the bottom of the guidebook page. You may also read more comments from users of our guidebook on our website or by searching "Bob and Sue Winn" or "Provence Byways" on the Slow Travel website.

Contact Information

Company: Provence Byways

Name: Sue Winn

Street: 7179 Scotts Valley Road

City: Yoncalla

State/Province: Oregon

Country: United States

Zip/Postal Code: 97499

Phone: 541-849-2917

Website: www.provencebyways.com

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