The Papal palace is familiar. But who would imagine finding an internees camp or milestones of modern architecture in Provence? Did you know that one of the biggest and most beautiful French bookstores is in a hamlet with 1,000 inhabitants? Who knows the house in which Max Ernst lived before he went into exile? Who knows where you can buy salamis by the metre, and where the world's deepest karst spring can be found? Far from the typical cliches, this book shows unknown niches in Provence - 111 surprises large and small that tell stories and reveal the extraordinary.
Ralf Nestmeyer is an historian, travel journalist, and the author of several travel guides, dealing, for instance, with Provence and Southern France; he has also written a book about "French Writers and Their Houses", as well as a literary travel guide about Provence and the Riviera. www.nestmeyer.de