Amongst blue lavender fields and slender cypresses, about 1 hour by car east of Avignon on the high plateau of Vaucluse lies Aurel, a picturesque little village, typical of southern France. Sunny landscapes delight theeye with lovely slopes wheregorse, almond and cherry trees blossom in spring. For centuries, the crystal clear sky has enchanted artists from ail over the world, and astronomers claim its stars sparkle more clearly than anywhere else in Europe.

At night, if the Mistral does not blow and the crickets keep silent, you hear the silence of the horizon. In the evening, Aurel,with its barely 150 souls and its dreamy narrow lanes around the medieval castle, bathed in thegolden light of the setting sun,is absorbed in memories of aprimordial harmony between man and nature. No wonder UNESCO has declared this area,coloured by so much „soul" andarchetypical beauty, a naturalmonument of mankind.

    The ORTO center ( Oshadhi Research and Training Organisation) is surrounded by aromatic and medicinale plants such as lavender, sage and broom.   The landscape garden of about 150 ac...


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