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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: Lacoste
“La Coste is a château that looks like a fortress, without the slightest regularity. The approaches are quite steep and unpleasant because of the rockslides and the height of the mountain. There is no shelter anywhere near the château, a … 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.”
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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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From either end of the plain of Apt in the Luberon, the hilltop village of Lacoste appears as a luminous torch in the warm limpid summer nights. Draw nearer to the light and the tip of the flame assumes the … Continue reading
Lacoste: Sebastian Brajkovic Vernissage at La Galerie Phriem on Saturday, April 13; A Notable Closing
La Galerie Phriem at SCAD Lacoste will hold a vernissage in the early evening on Saturday, April 13 for the Dutch-born designer Sebastian Brajkovic. He is acclaimed for his “Lathe” series of chairs, tables and lamps named so for the … Continue reading
Lacoste: The Phantom Bank in the Novel “At Last” by Edward St. Aubyn; Cash, Gas and Bread in the Luberon
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Lacoste Diary: Did Sustained Opposition and Petty Resentments in the Luberon Drive Pierre Cardin to Build the Palais Lumière in Venice?
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Lacoste Diary: A Poet’s Ode to the Oven of Sir Tom Stoppard, a Lacanche Mind You, and a ‘Cooperative’ Winter Poem
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Lacoste: La Maison Basse. SCAD Debuts a Brilliant Restoration – a Creative Hub for Art Study and Provencal Inspiration
At the foot of the village of Lacoste in the Calavon Valley, an abandoned 16th-century farmhouse and its derelict adjoining structures dozed for decades among vines and olive trees. And then came calling the Savannah College of Art and Design … Continue reading