|Draguignan - capital of Dracenie and former capital of the Var.|
Draguignan (above) is not so small. Its population is around 45,000 and it's the former departmental capital (now Toulon). The houses are typical of 'Provence profonde'. There is a daily market in the square, museums, cinema, bookshops and it's great just to browse around the back streets of the central vieille ville.
|Trans-en-Provence, halfway between Les Arcs and Draguignan, straddles the Nartuby River gorge.|
|Main square at La Motte.|
La Motte, also on the Nartuby River, is a little further south of Trans-en-Provence.
Set on a steep hillside, it is riddled with steep alleyways and fun to explore.
The river continues along its gorge south of the town.
La Motte is the scene of the Liberation of Provence on 15 August 1944, when Allied troops parachuted into the town on their way to Draguignan.
Still following the Nartuby River, you reach Le Muy.
The town is lively and art-filled with many exhibitions filling the main square with art and easels and there are regular marches nocturnes - night markets - with excellent craft stalls lining the narrow streets that meander around the centre. Lots of superb restaurants here. Also a lake for a variety of water sports.
And lastly, back to Les Arcs and the Milenta Porte - the high entrance to Les Arcs' Parage at the top of the town centre. Our house is located by the lower arched entrance.
|The high entrance to Le Parage was restored during restoration of the entire medieval village in the 1960s.|