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 6. HAUTE PROVENCE REGION
La Maison des Trois Chapons
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The village of Buis-les-Baronnies 

The historic and beautiful village of Buis-les-Baronnies - nestled in a spectacular setting
 of mountains, olive and fruit groves - our cottage is right in the centre near to the church.

Buis is a vibrant and exceptionally beautiful Provençale village - there is always 
something interesting happening - art exhibitions - films - climbing the Rocher-St-Julien -
and the Buis-cyclette, the marvellous bike race over the mountains with 2000 participants.

   

Buis has its own market every Wednesday - filling almost every street and square -
       

The big specialties here are olives, herbs, spices and Provençale fabrics and products -

- and the colourful market extends to the Allées-des-Platanes - a large Place beside the 
river with many cafés and boules courts under the Plane trees (les Platanes).
    
Leaving our cottage you are in the Grand Rue full of colourful shops.
Buis has all shops and services, many cafés and restaurants and two hotels -

The Grand Rue runs into the historic and beautiful15C Place-des-Arcades
- a lively square with vaulted arcades each side -

- and underneath the arcades are most of the people and many of the shops -

- and here is the cobble-stoned Place des Arcades at night.
This photo was taken from the front door of Restaurant Chez Max - see below.

    

One little restaurant we really enjoy is Chez Max which is just down the Grand Rue
in the Arcades. Max and his brother Nicholas serve an excellent 3 course meal which changes daily.
It is
wholesome food at excellent value in a happy and relaxed atmosphere.

Another restaurant in this village under the arcades - La Fourchette

   

- and just around the corner are many cafés - an important part of life in Buis -
so sit under a canopy of shady Plane trees or Wisteria and just watch the world go by -

 - or watch some of the street theatre on market and other days -

- or listen to a lilting gypsy band playing in the Place and buy their CD which is in this cottage.

There's always something happening in this village. This is the special dress-up parade carrying
a guy to burn down on the river banks with fireworks. The children love this.
   

Explore the many little streets past houses bedecked with flowers - especially roses
see the old Ursuline Convent which hosts many art exhibitions - and don't forget to visit the helpful
Office-de-Tourisme for information on everything in this village and region
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 - or take a turn on the raised walk beside the river under the canopy of shady Plane trees -

   

-and watch one of the  many games of boules while your children enjoy the childrens' playground next to the river.

From our neighbor's next door roof top balcony there are spectacular views
of the newly restored church and the amazing mountain scenery all around -

- and almost everywhere you go, the Rocher St Julien is visible through the trees.
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The village of Buis-les-Baronnies       

Buis-les-Baronnies is nestled below and surrounded by breath-taking pinkish crags of 
Baronnies mountains, giving it a truly spectacular setting. With a population of 2000 people and all 
food shops, three small supermarkets, restaurants, bars, a cinema and Tourist Office, it is a really 
charming and friendly village.  It has quaint streets and many cafes and restaurants with the tables out 
under the avenues of plane trees or in the ancient arcaded square. There is an large and colourful 
open air market held here every Wednesday where specialties of the region can be bought.
Alongside the river is a high promenade with many seats overlooking the numerous boules courts 
where young and old play Petanque at all hours.  
        For people with children or teenagers there is a local swimming pool, an equestrian centre, 
bike hire and a rock climbing school. There are also many walking tours from the village.
 
We have called this cottage La Maison des Trois Chapons (the house of the three chooks or capons) 
because our cottage is in the Rue des Trois Chapons which is a very small walking only street just 
off the Grande Rue and near to the church.  As this is in the oldest part of the 
village, the title probably goes back to mediaeval times (C.1155).
 
 
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