Provence Cooking, South of France Olive Oil
and Wild Herbs of Provence

You can enjoy a hike while at the same time gather spices that will enhance your cooking vacation in Provence.  The spices are plentiful in the markets but to forage in the hills could give a special meaning to your evening meal.
When you cook in Provence you might spend the day gathering fresh vegetables, herbs, wine, and bread for your home-cooked Provence style meals.
You can
bike or walk out to the myriad hiking trails that go between villages and through the groves and vineyards.
Rosemary lines  the well-worn trails,  paths made as much by sheep as they are by man.  These signs of foraging animals are a reminder that the lamb roast at the butcher shop will have a promise of meat seasoned with sage and thyme from within; the local legend has it that the animals in the Provence hills have a diet rich in rosemary, sage, and thyme, herbs that grow wild in the hills and plants that form the basis of Herbs de Provence, the legendary spice combination that is, along with first cold press olive oil and fresh vegetables, the heart of Provencals cooking.

Olive oil is another of the Provence culinary marvels.  You can take a jug to the local olive oil mill and stock up on first cold press oil.
The cuisine of Provence is marked by simplicity and you might ask how can food taste so good while at the same time be good for you.
That olive oil that is at the heart of Provence cooking is the only vegetable oil that comes from the fruit and not from the nut or seed.  It replaces the use of butter; ubiquitous in the north of France but used sparingly in Provence. The oil in Provence is both vegetable and fruit,  miraculously cholesterol-friendly  compliment  to the simple fare elevated by the ancient farm families to fine art.
Finding a rental house in Provence might be the easy part. Finding one with a full kitchen and one that hast nearby markets within walking distance and is still off the beaten tourist track will take some research.
Culinary vacations to Provence started with the book, "A Year In Provence" by Peter Mayle. His book unleashed a stream of British weekenders and vacationers looking for warmer climes. Rock bottom prices on flights out of London by Ryan Air has kept the flow steady and now a new book, "Heat" by Bill Bufford, extolling the virtues of Italian cooking and learning to cook in the villages, has kept the demand up while prompting the landlords in Provence to offer fully outfitted kitchens along with their rentals for the vacationing hobby cook.
If you want to cook as much as possible like a Provencals; there is no better place to learn than in Provence.   
The house listed below has all you need for a Provence culinary vacation including nearby hills with wild herbs

Provence Cooking in the South of France

Olive Oil and Herbs de Provence make a Culinary Vacation that will include Low-Fat cooking with local spices.
Provence offers wild herbs in the hills around the small villages. Wild rosemary and  thyme are common

Provence Cooking

Provence  South of France Olive Oil  region Eygalieres
Provence Cooking in the South of France includes Olive Oil and Wild Herbs of Provence.
A Provence Culinary Vacation will include Low-Fat cooking with local spices and wild herbs in the hills around the small villages. Wild rosemary and thyme are common.
Provence Cooking in the South of France includes Olive Oil and Wild Herbs of Provence.
Provence Cooking will include Low-Fat cooking with local spices and wild herbs such as wild rosemary and thyme which are common in the hills around the small villages.
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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Saint Remy-de-Provence
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