Just a Bit Different Attractions
Wild boar hunting is a popular sport among the locals. You'll also find wild boar on many menus in Provence. If you are interested in hunting wild boar while on vacation, here are some websites to check out.
Musée du Tire-Bouchon
84560 - Ménerbes
Tel: +33 4 90 72 41 58
You'll discover over 1,000 different corkscrews in this museum. Invented in the 17th century, the corkscrew has developed over the centuries and you will get to see how. There are more corkscrews than you can imagine - everything from gold to ivory, porcelain to wooden handled corkscrews.
Luc Fougeirol has been a reptile fan since his youth. So it was no surprise to his friends that in 1991 he brought 335 baby crocodiles into France. Now his crocodile farm is now part tourist attraction and part scientific study center. Have fun with the new tunnel that allows you to see crocs from below. Recently, tortoises from the Seychelle Islands have been added to the farm. You'll also enjoy the plants.
Foret aux Champignons et Insectes Geants
Serignan du Comlat
38160 - Saint Antoine l'Abbaye
Tel. 04 76 36 44 77
I'm nutty about gnats. And so will you be after visiting Foret aux Champignons et Insectes Geants. Discover giant sculptures of insects and mushrooms. You'll leave seeing the world in a different way - from the eyes of a snail or fly. See how high a flea could jump if it were our size. Not to be missed.
More Insects - Mas des Papillons
Fuveau (10 km southeast of Aix en Provence)
You'll be amazed by the thousands of butterflies and beetles (not the singing kind) that have been collected from all over the world.
Marquis de Sade's Ruined Castle
High above the town of Lacoste rises the ruins of the Marquis de Sade's castle. Check out the ruins and on the walk up, enjoy the town's cobbled streets. Lacoste was founded in the seventeenth century by Huguenots fleeing violence after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The refugees first sheltered in the caves that riddle the steep limestone hill.
Maison de Nostradamus
11 rue Nostradamus
Tel: (33) 490 56 64 31
Doctor and astrologer, Michel de Nostredame was born in Saint Remy on December 14, 1503. Today, we know him as Nostradamus. Whether you believe in him or not, it's fun to see where he lived.
Visit the website.
Richerenches - from Jauary to March
Aups - every Thursday from November to March.
Chamaret - every Monday from mid-November to mid-March.
Grignan - every Tuesday from mid-November to mid-March.
St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - every Monday from mid-November to mid-March.
Nyons - every Thursday from mid-November to mid-March.
Carprentras - every Friday from mid-November to mid-March.
Taulignan - every Saturday from mid-November to mid-March.
Rognes - end-December
Montségur - every Thursday from mid-November to mid-March.