A region steeped in fable and myth, Provence is a cultural crossroads of European history. A source of inspiration to artists, poets and troubadours, it is also, today, an enviable refuge for the wealthy and fashionable. Nicholas Woodsworth married into a Provençal family and has lived in the region for decades. He lovingly and carefully notes every facet and detail of life in Provence and provides a refreshing antidote to the rosé-tinted, romantic view of the perennially sunny destination for tourists. The true Provençaux have always lived a hard life close to the land and the rhythms of the seasons. And it is in the revelation and understanding of these lives, of the Provençal people, that the truths of the region are to be found.