A statue of pregnant Virgin Mary, an astronomical observatory in a former nuclear missile silo, a hotel room in a tree or a gipsy caravan, primitive Provencal artists, the mark of Christ apos
s knee, a fountain that flows with wine, a caiman dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a church in a theatre, an erotic medieval bas relief, a countess who returned to life, a Provencal Villa Medicis, a false volcano at La Roquebrusane, a sheep bridge at Arles, a rain-making saint, an alchemist apos
s garden, a magic palindrome at Oppede..
Provence is not limited to postcard cliches about fields of lavender or picturesque villages where pastis-drinking inhabitants pass the time playing petanque.
For those who manage to stray from the beaten paths, Provence is full of surprising features and curious sights that will amaze residents as well as visitors who thought they knew all there is to know about this region.