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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: Gordes
Gordes: Relics of Ancient Winemaking; Stone Cabins Called Bories Outfitted with Wine Vats Hollowed out of Rock
It began with a walk on a hot bright afternoon, before seeking shade to share a bottle of Châteauneuf du Pape. On a high wooded mountain top, which before it stretches across a valley the village of Gordes, stands a … Continue reading
The sweeping views are glorious from L’Asphodèle, a uniquely-designed bed and breakfast nestled in the verdant “grand calme” a mile up the hill from Gordes, the iconic village of stone edifices ‘perched’ on the side of large hill. Upon your … Continue reading
Keep it cool! The Ice Bag is a red wine lover’s accoutrement du jour in the Southern Rhone. A summertime mis-en-scene: your waiter uncorks a bottle of red wine from a quality winery, one you ordered with conviction as a wine … 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
Provencal cuisine doesn’t depend entirely on elegance although cafes are less in number as are fast-food joints with the exception of populated towns as Avignon, Aix or Apt. As a respite from the haute bourgeois or the haute bohemian, pizza … Continue reading
GORDES DINING: RENOVATED HIGH-SPIRITED ITALIAN RESTAURANT PIZZERIA LA CASA ROSARIO HOPPING WITH JAZZ IN JULY
Having redid and upgraded over and over again the interior and the menus of the wine bar restaurant L’Estaminet on the main square in Gordes over the course of 15 years, Pascal Gabetta has moved up in the world — … Continue reading
Basics: On August 9, Maurane performed the songs of the late Claude Nougaro Maurane on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Maurane/11670671330
The Gordes Festival of music and entertainment runs from August 3 to August 11 in a breathtaking amphitheater with stunning views of the Luberon valley. Non-French speakers may prefer the musical acts on August 6, 9 and 11. All performances … Continue reading