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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,
Tag Archives: Gites
Cucuron: Le Pavillon de Galon (au lieu d’un Gite)
“You must know it’s right The spore is on the wind tonight…” Steely Dan, Rose Darling Is it a bed and breakfast? Or is it a painting, an art work à la provençale? Both, when you find yourself amidst the … Continue reading
Carpentras: Château du Martinet (au lieu d’un Gite)
“Let’s get lost, lost in each other’s arms Let’s get lost, let them send out alarms And though they’ll think us rather rude Let’s tell the world we’re in that crazy mood.” Chet Baker If you are in a romantic … Continue reading
Beaumes-de-Venise: Le Clos Saint Saourde (au lieu d’un Gite)
“A fragrance that blows cool and warm, dry and sweet. A landscape in Provence, dry earth, fragrant purple fields, the wind of the mistral… draped in a luxurious coat of mouthwatering licorice.” Jean-Claude Ellena, creator of “Brin de Réglisse” … Continue reading
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: Le Mas des Busclats (au lieu d’un Gite)
“It is something to do with the light, I suppose, and the airiness and bareness and frugality of life in the Midi, which induces a simplicity of thought, and a kind of whittling to the bone whatever may be the … Continue reading
Saint Hippolyte le Graveyron: Château Juvenal (au lieu d’un Gite)
Peel me a grape, crush me some ice, Skin me a peach, save the fuzz for my pillow. Talk to me nice, talk to me nice, You’ve got to wine me and dine me! Blossom Dearie Fabulous in so many … Continue reading
Bonnieux: Clos d’Estallan (au lieu d’un Gite)
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
Oppède: Domaine Les Roullets (au lieu d’un Gite)
Yes secrets black with wine, and gold with honey, landscapes of an almost brutal serenity piled one upon another with quixotic profusion, as if to provoke the historic confrontations which have made them significant, muddling up the sacred and the … Continue reading
Avignon: Côté Square (au lieu d’un Gite)
The calm. The chic calm of the bed and breakfast Côté Square in the old walled city of Avignon is ever present, in all seasons mind you. From spring through the fall, Avignon is a hectic place as there is … Continue reading
St. Saturnin-Lès-Apt: Le Mas Perréal (au lieu d’un Gite)
It’s the height. The entrancing bed and breakfast Le Mas Perréal sits at about 1,000 feet on the southern flank of the Provencal village of Saint Saturnin-lès-Apts, offering sweeping vistas of the countryside and the Luberon mountains across the Calavon … Continue reading
Ménerbes: Le Mas du Magnolia (au lieu d’un Gite)
From the gardens of Le Mas du Magnolia, the perched village of Ménerbes appears as a large ocean liner floating in a sea of forest green vines, its bow elevated as if in a salute to the far-flung valley below. … Continue reading