Where there's activity, there are people, and there's lots of both in Provence during the height of the tourist season. Nothing' s wrong with that, of course. But if you're renting a car, or planning a bicycling trip, and wanting to take the road less traveled, get yourself a good map of the Provence area and pack a lunch or romantic picnic. There are lots of back roads and wide open vistas perfect for just such an occasion, especially inland, away from the busier coastal roads. 

There used to be people in the now-deserted village of Oppede le Vieux, but over a century ago, the townsfolks moved from its hilly terrain to the more hospitable flatland below. Exploring the village's stone ruins, including a church and a castle, will make you feel like Indiana Jones, himself.  

An ancient stone bridge, built by the Romans, is the only one still standing on the route from Northern Italy to Provence. Again, a good map, with road numbers on it, will steer you in the right direction. The bridge in found by following D149.

If you want to be part of a more current (and breathing ) civilization, walk the linden tree-lined village of Vaucluse, which sits at the foot of an 11th-century chateau, and eat at Pearl of the Vaucluse. The restaurant is famous for its game (hare and pheasant), and its Vacherin (mild cheese with honey) dessert.