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.
....Talking of museums, I snapped these two adorable children playing on an installation, with scant respect for fancy avant-garde art, at Avignon's Collection Lambert last week. It was all part of my mega-blitz on as many of the city's museums and galleries as I could cram in in two days. T-Rex skulls, priceless Botticellis, very large, very red Chinese four-poster beds: they're all here, and more. Click here to read more.