France Culinary  Vacation, Provence Wild Herbs,
Olive Oil, Healthy Cooking
A Provence Culinary Vacation will include recipes that make use of the fresh produce and meat, particularly spring lamb, ingredients readily available in the villages or at the weekly markets although it takes some searching in a small village.  

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butcher handles only meat, the baker, bread and pastry, the grocer, produce and wine and some household goods. That search becomes part of the fun of cooking in Provence.
For your culinary adventures you can hike in the hills and find interesting old ruins in fields of rosemary and rocky outcrops sprouting thyme. South in the Camargue you can see the white horses roaming free. There you can see the making of Camargue sea salt, used on every table for salting to individual taste at the table.

A French culinary vacation means cooking each day in the Provence style with fresh produce and fresh herbs.
French culinary offerings in the South would include stuffed squash and stuffed tomatoes: A combination of beef, wild boar sausage, thyme, oregano and left over French bread is mixed in a grinder after the meet is cooked. The stuffing is inserted in the hollowed out zucchini squash and tomato. The caps are replaced after a sprinkle of Camargue sea salt and grated Parmesan cheese. They go in the oven for about an hour. The caps of tomato blacken as the juices intensify and mix with the stuffing  
The Camargue is noted for its horses, bulls,  and its salt. The people evaporate sea water and harvest the salt in a huge operation near the mouth of the Rhone River. The salt is available throughout Provence at the table in restaurants,
Stuffed squash and tomatoes served with chicken soup, minced chicken and thyme canapes, sliced fruit with goats cheese, and Cotes Du Rhone
Forage for herbs along the old canals for  interesting walks.
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The Camargue is noted for rice growing, Sea salt production, the black bulls used in the bull rings, and the white Camargue Horse.
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    Italian law, however,  requires that.....  see Article
offers selection, price, and ease of booking on the web. . Shop 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.  Reserve extras such as baby seats, strollers, telephones.: GPS,  Cell Phone      
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
A France Culinary  Vacation in Provence will introduce Wild Herbs and Olive Oil as part of Healthy Cooking.
Recipes will include fresh produce and meat, particularly spring lamb, ingredients readily available in the villages or at the weekly markets.
A France Culinary  Vacation in Provence will include Wild Herbs and first cold press olive oil as part of Healthy Cooking.
Recipes will include fresh produce, meat, and fish available in the villages or on
Provence village market days.
The butcher handles only meat, the baker, bread and pastry, the grocer, produce and wine and some household goods. That search for ingredients can become part of the fun of cooking in Provence.
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