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.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
A Rebel Artist in Rural Provence
Last week I visited Les Baux de Provence, partly because, to my shame, I'd never been to this gorgeous village, despite having lived in Provence for over twelve years, and partly because I'd been invited to tour a fascinating exhibition by the 20th century French artist known simply as Arman. This remarkable project, on show at historic venues all over the village, has allowed Les Baux to turn into a giant avant-garde art installation - at the same time as offering up all its usual tourist attractions, of course. Click here to read more.