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Shopping for Fabrics in Nimes

The king of France's thread was once made only in Nîmes. In French, the thread is le corde. Of the king is du roi. Corduroy. Levi Strauss also used a fabric that was originally made in Nîmes. It was called coton denim or denim.

Nîmes, France

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Shopping for Santons

Every home in Provence has a crèche, or a Nativity scene that shows off more than the Holy Family and farm animals. There are 3 bit players, or santons, that every crèche must have: the motley fool, the miller and the blind man.

Provence, France

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The Town of Aix/Cours Mirabeau

The wealthy town of Aix is noted for its fountains and its tree-lined thoroughfare, Cours Mirabeau. Although the architecture is largely the same -- peach-and-honey-colored buildings with lavender shutters -- the shops and restaurants vary greatly.

Cours Maribeau, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

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Le Pigonnet

This 4-star hotel, located just outside the city center, is all about country elegance. The privilege rooms in this 18th-century mansion are spacious with modern bathrooms and balconies overlooking the manicured gardens.

5 Avenue du Pigonnet, 13090 Aix-en-Provence, France

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Castelas Olive Oil Farm

Castelas is a family business and the owners sell olive oil that comes directly from the olive groves in their backyard. To produce top-quality olive oil, they try to press each olive within 6 hours of harvest.

Mas de l'Olivier, 13520 Les Baux de Provence, France

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Les Baux

The village of Les Baux is a blissfully secluded discovery. Tucked in a rocky crag of a mountain, it carries the ruins of a once-thriving and powerful medieval town. Only 400 people live there, and yet it attracts more than 1 million visitors a year.

Tourist Board, Maison du Roy, 12520 Les Baux de Provence, France