• Café Gaby in Lourmarin
  • Ansouis
  • Café Gaby in Lourmarin
  • Pertuis Market
  • Lourmarin Market
  • Mont Sainte Victoire
  • Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de la Celle
  • Eygalières Market
  • Martigues
  • Cucuron Market

“Trobador” comes from langue d’oc, the Old Provençal language. It means “finder or researcher” and is likely the root of “troubadour,” a strolling minstrel in Southern France in the 12th c. The Modern Trobadors research all things Provence: its world-renowned food and wine, its writers and artists, its tremendous tourist appeal…. From the prosaic to the profound, the practical to the quixotic, we provide news, information, advice, opinion, and, we hope, a wee bit of inspiration.

Discover Provence!

Year_in_Photos_2015-6260785Announcing dates for our 2016 Provence tours!

Small group tours limited to 8 people!

Sunday, June 12 to Saturday, June 18
Sunday, June 19 to Saturday, June 25
Sunday, September 18 to Saturday, September 24

JUNE 2015 WAS SOLD OUT.  BOOK NOW FOR 2016!

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Discover Provence!

Announcing dates for our 2016 Provence tours! Small group tours limited to 8 people! Sunday, June 12 to Saturday, June 18 Sunday, June 19 to Saturday, June 25 Sunday, September 18 to Saturday, September 24 JUNE 2015 WAS SOLD OUT.  BOOK NOW FOR 2016!

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