Where Time Slows Down: Discovering The Charms Of Provence

The best way to experience Provence is on a driving holiday through France

The spectacularly located village of Luberon by evening, Provence Photo: Depositphotos

Time moves very slowly in Provence. It is this part of the world that J.B. Priestley had in mind when he declared, "A good holiday is one that is spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours." This is not to say that Provençals never take the concept of time seriously. Come lunch hour and all the outdoor cafés fill up rapidly with locals even before the poor tourist has finished weighing his options. The point is take it easy when you are in Provence and savour (or cultivate) that unfamiliar feeling that you have all the time in the world. It will help you deal with the locals, bless their friendly hearts.