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.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Through the Valley of Hell to One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France
A fascinating visit this week to Les Baux de Provence, a spectacular and historic village that, not content with being one of France's top tourist attractions, has turned itself into a giant installation celebrating the work of the avant-garde artist Arman for the summer. More very shortly on this extraordinary project. Meanwhile, here's my full guide to travelling through the Valley of Hell (yes, this landscape was allegedly the inspiration of Dante's Inferno) in order to arrive at one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France. Click here to read more.