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, November 27, 2011
Reinventing the Provençal Christmas Crib
Santons - the charming, exquisite terracotta figures of peasant figures that populate Christmas cribs in Provence - are justly celebrated worldwide. Today, though, young santon-makers are finding new ways to reinvent and revitalise this ancient tradition. Surprising, modern, minimalist, sometimes outrageous, their work is on display at Les Baux de Provence and other towns and villages throughout Provence during the Christmas season. Click here to read more.