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7 Secrets About The South Of France (PHOTOS)

Posted: 02/24/2012 7:00 am

Conjure up an image when you hear "the South of France" and it's likely to include high-end boutique hotels, cafes and exquisite beaches where the rich and famous come out to play. Those things exist in the southern part of France, sure, but that's not all of what you'll find there. In fact, partly because of those cliches, there's quite a bit most people don't know about the South of France.

With beautiful natural surroundings, pleasant weather, delicious cuisine and plenty of lesser-known towns that offer a slower pace of life than their jet-set neighbors, it's easy to see why the South of France is appealing -- but keep reading to find out how it can be surprising, too.

Here are 7 "secrets" about the South of France.

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1 - The South of France Is Not About Glamour
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Sure, there is the James Bond-worthy casinos at Monte Carlo, the mega-yachts of St. Tropez and the star-studded Cannes Film Festival. But if you think that's all there is, you're missing out on an astonishing array of simple, affordable experiences that make even the locals sigh with pleasure.

For example, in the back country off the coast you can attend the Jasmine Festival held every August 3 in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, or water jousting tournaments in Sète; have a riverside picnic in the shadow of the ancient Pont du Gard, a testament to Roman ingenuity; participate in the Fête de Vendanges in Ouveillan, with its traditional music and parades; or go for a drive through the hauntingly beautiful Camargues National Park.

And natural beauty abounds, with the famous surreal sunflower and luscious lavender fields in Provence that are a must-see in the summer months.

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