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.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The Secret Tour of the Palais des Papes
In Avignon this weekend, we were invited on a rare private visit, behind the scenes, to the "secret" parts of Palais des Papes. The official tour takes you to the Palais's public areas. But this was a privileged peak into how the pontiffs actually lived from day to day. It's on offer, in English, until 14 October. Click here to read more.