Pastoral region of France is 'beautiful', says novelist
People planning European cycling holidays will find that exploring the countryside of Provence is an experience of going 'back in time'.
That is according to novelist Nicholas Delbanco, who wrote in the New York Times about a journey he took to the French region with his wife.
He noted that the scenery Provence offers is 'beautiful', but also that one may find the real countryside the more one explores.
"Someone once observed that, every year, you have to move a kilometre inland in order to find old Provence … the farther north you travel … the farther back you go in time," he said.
"Here the landscape seems unaltered; a rock outcrop caught the southwest sun as it had done long years before; the olive trees were lifting, glinting, now as then."
People planning to take a cycling holiday to Provence may be interested in cycling through the region's stretching vineyards, including those belonging to the Appellation d'origine controlee of Chateauneuf du Pape.