In 1913, a young man about twenty years old took a walking tour in the rural province of Provence (pronounced “Pró_váhnce”), in southern France. A walking tour is when you hike through the countryside with a backpack and sleeping bag, traveling mainly on back roads or trails and sleeping at campsites or local farms or villages.
Provence was a rather barren and desolate area at the time, as it had been almost totally denuded of trees due to overcutting and too-intensive . . .