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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: Lourmarin
One might call it a B&B-extra special, more than a bed and more than a breakfast. The uniqueness of Les Olivettes, a luxuriously renovated Bastide on the fringe of Lourmarin, is that its six spacious apartments all have fully-equipped kitchens, … Continue reading
When you are in one of those can’t-even-go-to-the-market-and-don’t-want-to-cook moods, the choice of takeout or vegetarian takeout in the Luberon usually comes down to a local pizzeria. That is unless you are fortunate to find yourself in a gite or hotel … Continue reading
Lourmarin: Peter Mayle’s Unavoidably Poignant Dedication to Winemaker Allen Chevalier in “The Marseille Caper”
When PVB commented on a restaurant mentioned in “The Marseille Caper,” a few readers inquired about the background of Allen Chevalier, the object of Peter Mayle’s unavoidably poignant dedication: “To the loving memory of Allen Chevalier, A good friend who … Continue reading
LA ROGUE D’ATHERON INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL: MULTIPLE VENUES IN THE REGION UNTIL AUGUST 22; FIVE EVENINGS IN LOURMARIN
“Bach est un dieu pour moi…Je crois que la musique est le seul art de créer une complicité profonde entre deux êtres.” Cioran, Entretiens. Whereas most festivals in the region run their course by the end of July, La … Continue reading
Late last week a deal was cut: the sumptuous 18th– century Lourmarin residence of Peter Mayle was sold for around €6 million ($8.6M). The property of 14 acres has an olive grove, pool, ponds, gardens and shuttered privacy. There has … Continue reading
In an article bylined by Orna Mulcahy in its Thursday edition, the Irish Times reports that Peter Mayle is pulling up stakes in Lourmarin and putting his sumptuous 18th– century house there on the market for €6 million ($8.163M). The … Continue reading