And each piece of land in this area has got a different terroir. You'll also see at least one original work by Van Gogh (painted during his time in the region). During that period Avignon grew from a quiet village to a powerful city. Two ways of doing snails: The easy way — you buy them like you see them in the window there, already made, already stuffed, already to go — or...you do it yourself by buying a jar of snails and the shells separately, and you stuff them yourself. In 1668 most of it was knocked out for the last time by a disastrous icy flood. May 11. Written and hosted by best-selling guidebook author Rick Steves, each half-hour show takes viewers to Europe's most interesting places, from great cities to off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Don't miss the panels describing the different types of gladiators, or the chance to climb to the very top of the stands — it's a rare opportunity to enjoy the view from a surviving high point — the nosebleed seats — of a Roman arena. It's simply a wealthy town — its people known for living well and looking good. It needs to suffer to produce grapes of character. This perfectly preserved Roman bridge supported a canal, or "aqueduct," on the very top. But if the water level was very low, these holes would still send water to the essential neighborhood wells. Attendants, who live in the historic lock houses, are friendly and always ready to help out. All this work was designed to bring water into the still-grand Roman city of Nîmes. And it's not so strong. Holiday Sale: Save 50% on DVDs through 12/30/20 or while supplies last! Over the last millenium this stunning temple has been used as a church, a city hall, a private stable, an archive during the Revolution, a people's art gallery after the Revolution, and finally as the monument you can visit today. Video: Watch Burgundy: Profoundly French, an episode of the Rick Steves' Europe TV show. Vive la Provence! The lettering across the front is long gone, but the remaining "nail holes" presented archeologists with a fun challenge: match the pattern of the nail holes to the letter it once held. France is a country with lots of variety, from grand cities to awe-inspiring mountains. Workmen use steam and bands of iron to bend oak staves into a wine-tight cask. Thanks for joining us. Romans grew wheat on these vast fields, and brought the grain here to the mega watermill. Throughout France, self-catered houses — which rent by the week — are part of a popular lodging network called the “gîtes ruraux” [Gîtes de France]. They stay here for part of the year and for the rest of the time it's rented as part of the gîtes system, managed by a neighbor in the village. France. Travel with Rick on this video guide to Provence, France and find out what to do on your next trip. Provence: Legendary Light, Wind and Wine, ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Between rounds, players are happy to let curious travelers give it a try. 12 232 en parlent. Boats have comfy staterooms, all the comforts you'd expect in a good hotel, and you'll invariably be eating and drinking some of the very best that Burgundy has to offer. I'm Rick Steves. A foundation of Nîmes' affluence was denim — a fabric that seems as American as apple pie. Is it the same? It was founded in 1118 by St. Bernard of Clairvaux as a back-to-basics reaction to the excesses of richer Benedictine abbeys, such as Cluny. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your … Imagine the jubilation on that day in A.D. 50 when suddenly the system was operational. Concerned for the destiny of his own soul, Rolin attempted to buy a ticket to heaven by building this Palace for the Poor. That's the summit of Mont Blanc. Back out on the street, it seems life is good and the focus is on the here and now. My Playlist: Add a video to start a new playlist! Colette: I just mean a gift of nature, unique. Listen to Lyon, France: City Of Capitals and 714 more episodes by Rick Steves' Europe Video, free! In Aix's old town, inviting pedestrian streets hum with activity. 20-Year Anthology DVD Box Set . Burgundy is calm, cultivated, serene; where nature is as sophisticated as the people. In the Middle Ages, it was written, "To fully grasp the meaning of Fontenay and the power of its beauty, you must approach it trudging through the forest footpaths…through the brambles and bogs...in an October rain." This art foundation delivers a refreshing stop for modern-art lovers and Van Gogh fans, with two temporary exhibits per year in which contemporary artists pay homage to Vincent through thought-provoking interpretations of his works. Rick: So tasting is different than drinking? With the help of locks, you could actually ship your goods clear across France, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Wander the lavender fields of Provence, climb the Eiffel Tower, and bite into a perfect croissant: with Rick Steves on your side, France can be yours!Inside Rick Steves France 2019 you'll find:Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to FranceRick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favoritesTop sights and hidden … In the village of Pommard, vineyards like La Cave de Pommard offer free tasting and an education in wine appreciation at the same time. Pont du Gard is perhaps best enjoyed on your back and in the water — bring along a swimsuit and flip-flops for the rocks. Bernard created what he called "a horrible vast solitude" here in the forest, where his monks could live like the desert fathers of the Old Testament. 12 New Shows 2019-2020. This is the leading museum in Provence for traditional culture and folklore. And then we select the wine. To experience the latest in European monasticism, drop by the booming Christian community of Taizé, a few miles north of Cluny on the road to Brancion. The main boulevard, Cours Mirabeau, is designed for the rich and famous to strut their fancy stuff. And Steve's family is hitching a ride too, as we learn how the French, who invented our modern concept of a vacation, are on to something good with barging. People came here to die. By car or bike you can be immersed in the lush countryside and immaculate vineyards. Whether you're cruising in a big full-service luxury barge or a small captain-it-yourself boat, the basic experience is the same: a lazy glide by pastoral scenes. The culture of Burgundy has deep historic roots. That starts with ancient Rome — the building itself seems to embrace an evocative old temple. In Roger van der Weyden's exquisite painting of the Last Judgment, Jesus presides over Judgment Day flanked by the lily of mercy and the sword of judgment. Sabine: Wait until you taste those wines. You begin to look at it, you just raise it to the light and look at it and admire its beautiful color, then you put your nose in the glass and do the first nose...and you take here, your impression, because then you aerate and with the air...you just let the aromas get out in the glass, and then you go the second nose. Join in, try the olives…sniff that lavender of Provence. — is remarkable. Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Email; Share. The Abbey of Fontenay is beautifully preserved, giving visitors a sense for monastic life in medieval France. Oui! Colette: It’s so poor, but this is what the vine needs. And knowing the term in French is even more helpful. The temple survived in part because it's been in constant use for the last thousand years. Because we have this terroir, which is so exceptional, so complex. Colette: The terroir, this is the earth, the character of the earth, a combination, a perfect combination of the geology, the earth character, the exposure to the sun, the altitude on the slope. The region of Provence stretches from the Mediterranean coast up the Rhône River Valley. In this program, we climb Roman ruins in Nîmes, explore a papal palace in Avignon, and savor vivid views immortalized by Van Gogh in Arles. Post questions and answers about travel in France. French autoroutes come with tolls. Piety: They got people to stop looting the monasteries; shrewd fundraising: they talked Europe's wealthy landowning elite into willing their estates to the monasteries in return for perpetual prayer for the benefit of their needy and frightened souls. Au revoir! It was the headquarters of 10,000 monks — the heart of a church reform movement and an evangelical revival that spread throughout Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries. Those arriving by car will still find Fontenay's secluded setting — blanketed in birdsong and with a garden lovingly used "as a stage set" — truly magical. Traveling in May, we see the selection of just the best spring shoots on these gnarly old vines. There are two on a team — one lobs the ball as close to the target as he can. This time I'm joined by my friend and co-author of my France guidebook, my favorite Francophile —Steve Smith. Posted on October 10, 2020 October 10, 2020 $24.99 $49.99. Mary and the apostles pray for the souls of the dead as they emerge from their graves. Colette: Tasting and drinking are two very different things. Two hundred years ago, canals like these provided the cheapest way to transport cargo. Rick: Huh! Still, the abbey makes a worthwhile visit for history buffs and pilgrims looking to get some idea of the scale of this vast complex, once the largest church in Christendom. This medieval charity hospital is now a museum, and the top sight in town. Still lively, it's just the place for a pastis. I'm looking for a Merlot or Syrah or something like this… Related Videos. The French eat long and well, especially here in the south. European Christmas DVD. Steve's wife, Karen, knows just what to do with the escargot we picked up in the Beaune market. At any given time there are several thousand here from about 100 countries enjoying a week-long retreat. This bridge is the Pont d'Avignon, made famous by the 15th-century folk song known to all French school kids. In Beaune that's Saturday, and the town's thriving. By the year 1200, there were over 500 Cistercian monasteries and abbeys throughout Europe. A stream was diverted to power hydraulic or water-powered hammers that operated the forge. But Avignon installed its own rival pope, and for about 40 years there were two disputed popes — one in Rome and one in Avignon. Rick Steves France 2018 is the classic, in-depth guide to exploring the country, updated annually.Time for a shorter getaway? Nîmes is an hour's drive from the sunny Côtes du Rhône region. When the bells ring, worshippers and white-robed brothers file into the long, plain, modern church. Threndy? how-to video | log in | ricksteves.com . For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, This square was the political and religious center of Roman Arles. In the spirit of "give the masses bread and circuses," admission was free. To enjoy any small French town at its vibrant best, it's worth visiting on its market day. Rick: What is “terroir”? Are you going to have, shall we have grilled meat, are we going to have game, a strong, you know, a strong meat with a sauce? Here's your garlic, essential to Provençal cuisine. Order anything à la Provençale, and you'll be well rewarded. Throughout France, but especially here in the south, Muslim North Africans — from France's former colonies — have come to pick olives, harvest fruit, and so on. Cutting through this bluff, the water from this aqueduct provided power to produce enough flour each day to feed 12,000 hungry Romans. See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. The entire ensemble of buildings composing this isolated Cistercian abbey has survived, giving visitors perhaps the best picture of medieval abbey life in France. But if you're in a hurry, they easily save enough time to justify the expense. Noble French families moved in, kicking off the city's beautiful age, or "belle époque." You can still visit the places that inspired him, like this hospital courtyard. Like so? Sabine: Well, the first thing you have to decide: What's for dinner? And its coveted Côtes du Rhône wines showcase this region's confident mastery of good living. While the grand city of Rome could afford exotic beasts like tigers and lions from faraway places, smaller towns like Arles made do with snarly local beasts like wild boar, bears, and so on. For a tourist, Aix is delightfully free of must-see museums or ancient ruins. Monastic life was extremely simple: prayer, reading, work, seven religious services a day, one meal a day in the winter, two in the summer. Carved wooden cages — called panetière — hung from the walls, keeping bread away from hungry critters. The uplifting ambience of this place — with thousands of mostly young, European pilgrims spending days exploring their faith and enjoying a break from the fast-paced material world, is remarkable. In the 13th century, the monks at Fontenay ran what many consider Europe's first metalworking plant. Rick: Ahh the difference! Start a New Topic . And part of the fun and saving of gîte living is going local in the kitchen. Over time, Cluny's rich and powerful abbots were tainted with the same corruption they'd originally opposed. In this show we'll appreciate superb Burgundy wine, visit a medieval hospice, build a barrel, slurp escargot, ponder medieval monasticism, then drop in on a modern monastic community, and explore the Burgundian countryside. Steve's family owns a gîte. The Abbey of Cluny was the ruling center of Europe’s first great international chain of monasteries. Rick: What is the terroir? Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. Steve:  €30, Rick. This time we're in France. We'll marvel at an ancient aqueduct, savor Côtes du Rhône wine in its birthplace, experience the quintessential Provençal market, play a little boules, follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, and dodge bulls in a 2,000-year-old arena. Those in Arles occupy the same seats that fans have used for nearly 2,000 years, and deliver the city's most memorable experience — the courses camarguaises in the ancient arena. It's both advertising — "Pierre's Pâtisserie" offers €100 — and encouragement for the fighters. To support its denim producers, the city built an extensive system of industrial canals, which was ornamented with a lavish Versailles-type park. In this delightful sensory exhibit, the complex fragrances of a fine wine can be experienced: raspberries, citron, the forest, spices. We'll cross the Pont du Gard, sip our way through the Côtes du Rhône wine region, and explore the cities of Nîmes, Arles, Avignon, and Aix-en Provence. The hotel opens to the street with airy lounges and a lovely palm-shaded courtyard, providing an enjoyable refuge. Pocket guides include fold-out city maps. Rick Steves Classroom Europe - National Teacher Day. Taizé-style worship is a cycle of Bible readings, meditative silence, and mesmerizingly beautiful chants, as worshippers "enter together into the mystery of God's presence.". Prime Video. It's played in every village on gravelly courts kept just for this purpose. With Rick Steves, Andreas Clemens, Georg Reichlmayr, Holger Zimmer. And also from their beds they could ponder the powerful symbolism of a painting that stood upon the altar — now displayed in an adjacent room. To celebrate the season, I’m sharing clips, extras, and behind-the-scenes notes from my one-hour special, “Rick Steves’ European Christmas.” Today we travel to France, where Christmas is the stuff of dreams. The city of Beaune makes a handy base for exploring Burgundy. You'll feel comfortable right away in this prosperous and popular little wine capital, where life centers on the production —  and consumption — of the prestigious local wines. Like Nîmes, industrial Avignon was thoroughly water-powered. Provençal traditions are remembered: Here a wealthy woman just had a baby and is visited by friends bringing gifts representing physical and moral qualities — they hope the baby will be full as an egg, wise as salt, and straight as a match. But when the Revolution came — and the bust of the king on the city hall was replaced by Marianne, the Lady of the Republic — suddenly it became dangerous to be an aristocrat. We're on a mission: to buy the goodies for a lunch at Steve's country home a little later, and here in Burgundy, it's got to include a pile of snails. I hope you've enjoyed our cruise through the highlights of Burgundy. It goes from mild to stronger in taste with age. France. From Beaune, you're just 10 minutes from the heart of the vineyards on a rental bike. Château de la Rochepot is closed through 2019, and possibly longer. Vintners are happy to work with you — if they can figure out what you want. Today, the town's many Roman ruins testify to Nîmes' former importance. Terms of Service | Privacy, Burgundy, France: The Wine of the Côte d'Or. The success of the abbey has been attributed to a series of wise leaders, or “abbots.” In fact, four of the six first abbots here actually became saints. Every French boy grows up playing boules. These were the first grand gardens designed not for royalty, but for the public. Whoever gets their boule closest to the target ball, scores. The medieval monks and powerful dukes of Burgundy laid the groundwork that established this town's prosperity. Provençal "bullgames" are held in Arles and in neighboring towns. This time we're in the south of France mixing Roman ruins, fine wine, a little Van Gogh, and even a French bullfight. The abbey church is pure Romanesque and built to St. Bernard's specs: Plain facade, Latin cross floor plan, no colorful stained glass, unadorned columns — nothing to distract from prayer. Six centuries ago Beaune was devastated by two terrible events: the Great Plague and the Hundred Years’ War — a drawn-out battle between France and England that embroiled all of Burgundy. … The colorful glazed tile roof established what became a style recognized as typically Burgundian. Rick: So, the soil looks actually quite bad here. Steve: I love slowing down. Vendor: Merci beaucoup. While they are integrating, France is dealing with the friction any country has when immigrant laborers do its lowliest jobs. Rick: In Burgundy. Salads are popular. In the Middle Ages, Burgundy was the cradle of real monastic power in Europe. It was a critical link, helping keep a steady river of water flowing cross-country to Nîmes — one of the Roman Empire's largest cities. If you've seen the model of this eight-tiered mill in Arles' Ancient History Museum, the milling is easy to visualize — making a visit here quite an exciting experience. 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