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France and Spain river cruise: Provence perfection

17:30 AEST Sat May 18 2013

Catriona Rowntree and her fellow-passengers have well and truly settled in to life on Scenic Tours five star Scenic Emerald as they drift down the Rhone and Saone Rivers. They have visited charming villages en route to the South of France, and have indulged in superb meals and drink and learned so much from their Scenic guides.

After a breathtaking time in Paris, they went on to Beaujolais, France's beautiful wine region, and Provence. Now we join them half-way through their cruise as they continue south into Provence.

First stop Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It's a small village, but if you know your wines, you will have heard of it. It grows white and red wines with the latter being particularly popular world-wide. Wines of the area are traditionally packaged in distinctive, heavy dark wine bottles embossed with papal regalia and insignia.

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