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.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The House of Cezanne's Greatest Masterpieces
The Jas de Bouffan sits in an unremarkable modern suburb of Aix surrounded by petrol stations and modern residential estates. It would be easy to drive right past it. But behind the gates a grand approach lined by towering plane trees leads you to the Jas, the crumbling, slumbering and intensely atmospheric mansion where Cézanne worked, on and off, for 40 years and produced some of his greatest works. Click here to read more.