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PROVENCE: GEOGRAPHY MATTERS
“Provence” has more efficacy as a "brand" than as a place. One rarely if ever hears any residents of the Vaucluse say that they live in "Provence." The word is heard frequently in its adjectival form: provençal.
As geography, the term "Provence" suffers abuse. The French consider contemporary 'Provence' to take in three administrative department:
Confusion pops up due to the administrative region PACA: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
When "Provence" is employed for the department of the Var (Toulon, St, Tropez) or the department of the Alpes-Maritime (Côte d'Azur) or even the five departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon, it is the "brand" asserting itself.
This is a regional distinction that Peter Mayle buys into 100% in his book Provence A-Z. In fact, if Mayle had been 'geographically-correct,' his iconic best seller would have been titled "A Year in the Luberon."
The Luberon and the Comtat Venaissin, referred to as the “Comtat,” are the two large regions within the Vaulcuse,
Category Archives: Culture
Ménerbes: Playful and Color-Splashed Canvasses of Kristian Desailly at the Galerie Pascal Lainé Until June 18
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Ménerbes: Beauty Manifest – Hans Silvester Photographs of Southern Ethiopia Tribal Houses at the Galerie Pascal Lainé Until May 14
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Vaison la Romaine: Hotel Burrhus Morphs Into Pop-Up Art Expo – 35 Artists in 35 Rooms on Dec. 13-14-15
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Coustellet: The Galerie 22 is a Sweet Spot for Contemporary Art; Exhibit of Gottfrield Salzmann and Nicole Bottet Runs to Oct 13
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Arles: Abbey in “Sunset at Montmajour” by Vincent van Gogh is “My Montmajour Island” Curated by Christian Lacroix until Nov. 3
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Lacoste: An End to Civility As You Knew It. Once Riveting Student Art Expo Now Barren as SCAD Does Away with a Bit of Drink (Wine)
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Saint-Etienne-du-Grès: Frederic Fourdinier Whitewashes Nature at Le Domaine de Trévallon for Festival a-part
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Mane: Dominique Paulin – A Painter Manifests Her Dreamy Inspirations at Une Soirée Bouche Bée; Exhibit Runs Until Aug. 30
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Ménerbes: A “Pianocktail” With the Mellifluous Voice of Margeaux Lampley, Once of Oakland, California
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Gordes Wine Fair: Bio Ventoux Winemakers Create Art’n’Bio To Raise Funds To Preserve the Biosphere; Bids Open Until Sept 12
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