Shepherds tend huge flocks in the hills making spring lamb a Provence staple,Article Roast Lamb
The back country roads in the Alpilles of Provence in the south of France connect the villages that are usually not more than ten mile s distant from one another.  Few cars use these roads in May and June or in September October and they make a great place for  biking and hiking.
Olive groves line the roads and hiking trails with are often well marked. The woods could be closed in July and August depending on the fire danger.
Do You need an International Driving Permit to drive in Europe.
In France and Italy you can rent a car and do not need to show an International Permit, only your drivers license from your home country and perhaps your passport.  Italian law requires that you carry an IDP as does Spain, Portugal, Greece, and several of the former Soviet Union countries. The International driver's permit is issued by the American Automobile Association AAA in the States and the CAA in Canada. The cost is $15 and not a bad bit of insurance against running into trouble while driving in Europe.
No Passing for commercial vehicles
No Passing zone ends
Highway or Expressway
Intersection with right of way to right
Road showing right of way
Rotary
with yield to traffic in rotary
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns.  Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
Information for those renting a vehicle in Provence
Shop for your rental car online well  ahead of your trip and choose diesel (more economical) or gas, luggage space,(important)  standard or automatic,(important)  two door, four door and other options.     See  renting a vehicle in Provence
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