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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,
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Is there any terrestrial paradise where, amidst the whispering of the olive-leaves, people can be with whom they like and have what they like and take their ease in shadows and in coolness? – Ford Maddox Ford, The Good Soldier … Continue reading
Pierre Cardin Surges Ahead with Film Studio in the Gare de Bonnieux and New Purchases in Lacoste; “Mon luxe, c’est le travail.”
Pierre Cardin’s Film Studio Complex in the Gare de Bonnieux “Mon luxe, c’est le travail,” Pierre Cardin is fond of saying. And he has travail à gogo (in abundance) this year in the Luberon after getting turned away in 2010 … Continue reading
A tacit culinary assumption is that one does not dine posh everyday. Here are four budget-respecting joints in the Luberon to pop into this fall: Restaurant de la Gare, Quartier de la Gare, Bonnieux, Serves lunch only every day from … Continue reading
Edouard Loubet, Chef and Owner of the Domaine de Capelongue, Awarded A Fifth Toques by the Guide Gault & Millau 2013
For those who cherish the tradition of great French gastronomy, any visit to the Luberon demands booking a table at the Domaine de Capelongue in Bonnieux to revel in the immense inventive culinary talent of Edouard Loubet, the Domaine’s chef … Continue reading
BONNIEUX: EDOUARD LOUBET / DOMAINE DE CAPELONGUE HOSTING 19TH TOURNAMENT OF THE STARS (MICHELIN); CHARITABLE EVENT, DONATIONS APPRECIATED
Michelin Star Chefs and their culinary teams will take to knocking a soccer ball around at the 19th Tournament of the Stars at the Domaine de Capelongue (Michelin two stars) in Bonnieux on Sunday, September 30 and Monday, October 1. … Continue reading
“Live all you can: It’s a mistake not to.” — Lambert Strether, in The Ambassadors Things being just as awesomely superb as they are supposed to be soothes your palate and your spirit at the Domaine de Capelongue, such as … Continue reading
“…the tourists occupying, by prearrangement, all the tables at a sidewalk cafe and drinking rosé, which they have been told is a typical Provencal aperitif.” Adapted excerpt from “La Bella Lingua” By John Cheever In the Cheever quotation, rosé replaced … Continue reading
A tacit culinary assumption is that one does not dine posh everyday. Here are two budget-respecting joints hidden from view with no roadside markers that are a quick jog to local wine co-ops: Restaurant de la Gare, Quartier de la … Continue reading
Bonnieux — In a nervous fall light in the courtyard of Pierre Cardin’s splendid chateau in Lacoste, Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber (JLSS) spoke about how “short-termism” and a mania for acceleration in every aspect of life erode concentration and prevent clear thinking. … Continue reading