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.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A Magic Roundabout Comes To Aix En Provence
The Cours Mirabeau in Aix en Provence is currently festooned with brightly coloured banners featuring cartoons of some of its leading shopkeepers. And, at the top of the boulevard sits the gorgeous, hand-crafted Manège Magique, surreal magic roundabout where kids can ride on a grasshopper, a pterodactyl skeleton, a cello or a dinosaur. It's all in aid of the city's latest festival - and, no, it's not a classical music one. Click here to read more