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Adventure guide to Provence & the Côte d'Azur by Ferne Arfin

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Assumption Day November 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All Saints’ Day November 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Remembrance Day December 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas Religious holidays, such as Ascension and Pentecost, usually mean long holiday weekends and the start of school vacations. If you can, avoid traveling across France by car or bus then because all the motorways going south turn into parking lots. Health Services & Insurance US and Canadian citizens should carry up-to-date travel health insurance.

Although you will find chain stores (and even department stores in the biggest towns), the French are particularly fond of bou- Shopping n 21 (© Ferne Arfin) Did you know? Santon means “little saint” in Provençal and are an essential part of Provençal Christmas celebrations. These painted figures were originally based on bib’lical characters of the nativity. Later, local peasants were added, representing the characters of a Provençal village who bring their gifts to the Christ child, along with their farm animals and produce.

The French Health Service is first class – hospitals, clinics and medical specialists are well distributed throughout Provence – but it is not free to non-Europeans. For UK subjects, health care is free at the point of delivery but you must present a form E111, which you can pick up at any UK Post Office. Alternative practitioners, such as osteopaths, homeopaths and chiropractors, are popular and easy to locate in the bigger towns. Pharmacies able to dispense prescription drugs are always indicated by a green cross sign (usually in neon).

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