Lavender fields, hilltop villages and spectacular rocky fjords, rosé wine and bouillabaisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, cutting edge rap and hip-hop music, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, pétanque, scuba diving and Olympique de Marseille: Provence is a vibrant mix of romantic tradition and surprising, fast-changing modernity. This is an insider's guide to the best of it, from a professional journalist living there.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Happy Birthday, Paul Cézanne
Paul Cézanne, the painter who immortalised the landscapes of Provence and changed the face of contemporary art, was born on 19 January 1839. And, if you want to follow in his footsteps, you will find no shortage of places to visit in Aix en Provence, where the artist was born in 1839, and where he died, having spent most of his life there, in 1906. Click here to read more.