pdf version is now available
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
a variety of subjects of interest to travelers in the Luberon region of Provence. The
guidebook is focused, practical, and based on our personal point of
view--our experience, our research, our enthusiasm, and our taste. We have
recently made it available in a pdf version for iPads and other tablets. It
"road tested" and updated during our latest stay in Provence (January
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
- 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 some architectural 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.
Itineraries include detailed directions, interpretive commentary, maps, and suggested
places to eat.
- Beyond the Luberon: This section
day-trips to sites within easy driving distance of the Luberon. The
first takes you north of the Luberon into the Vaucluse plateau, with its
lavender and wheat fields, rocky ridges, and sweeping vistas. The second takes you via
Roussillon and Gordes to the superb Cistercian Abbey of Senanque and the remarkable
Fontaine de Vaucluse. The third takes you along scenic back roads to Les Baux and St.
Remy. The fourth takes you north through a wilder Provence to the pleasant town of Sault at
the foot of Mt. Ventoux, and the fifth takes you 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 Cotes 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 Provencal cuisine, some tips to help
you enjoy your eating-out experiences, a discussion of the outdoor
markets in Provence, a list of
restaurants in the region that is tied in with the itineraries, and a
French/English food glossary.
Guidebook to the Luberon Region of Provence in book form costs $20 (plus
$2.75 postage) within the United States. For orders from Canada
postage is $4.50; for orders from other
countries it is $9.70. We have plenty of
copies in stock. The pdf version, which we will send you electronically,
If you would like to order a
guidebook use the drop down menu below to select either the book
version or the pdf. As soon as we receive your payment we will mail
your copy or send it to you as an attachment to an email..Your payment can be made either through PayPal (the
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you make payment (you don't need to be a member). If
you prefer to mail us a check, make it out to Sue Winn, and send it to Provence Byways, 7179 Scotts Valley
Road, Yoncalla, OR, 97499.