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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: Menerbes
Ménerbes: Galerie Pascal Lainé Season-Opening ‘Musical Cocktails’ on April 5 and 6 for 25th Anniversary Retrospective
He’s been throwing the classiest vernissages in the Luberon for all of 25 years now; the ever-lithe Pascal Lainé (pictured in white shirt in photo below) lays out tasty amuse–gueules, local wines and champagne to launch each new exhibit within … Continue reading
Ménerbes: Wait Goes on for Buyer of Iconic Café Owned by New York Food Maven Eli Zabar, and for Pedestrians
November 15 marks the beginning of the winter season in the Luberon when numerous hotels, restaurants and cafés close, opening up in mid-March or early April. In Ménerbes, its principal café has been shuttered for nearly three years. Once a … Continue reading
Ménerbes. Immaculate was the first adjective that grips the mind. I’ve got to say that I have never stepped foot in a village and caught myself transfixed by the pavement. I passed ten minutes in Ménerbes, stupefied by a patchwork of … Continue reading
MÉNERBES: PATRICK CONRAD AT THE TONY GALÉRIE PASCAL LAINÉ. SEPT 1 – 20, VERNISSAGE SAT SEPT 1 FROM 6 TO 9 P.M.
A resident of Provence, Patrick Conrad, a Flemish poet, screenwriter and novelist who was one of the founders of The Pink Poets, will be displaying his recent paintings at the chic Galérie Pascal Lainé in Ménerbes from Sept 1 until … Continue reading
An exhibition of DORA MAAR “de Picasso à Ménerbes,“ presented by Laura Pecheur and Pascal Lainé, runs from June 23 to July 5 at the Galerie Pascal Lainé, Rue Sainte Barbe in the center of Ménerbes. Open from … Continue reading
As the temps dip in the nervous late afternoon light of the Luberon, Pascal Lainé will be warming his gallery guests with a “vin chaud” apéritif during three evenings next week of the year-end show “Artists of the Gallery.” His … Continue reading
MENERBES: THE GUILLOCHÉ PAINTINGS OF MICHELE BELAICHE AT GALLERY PASCAL LAINÉ PULL IN THE LUBERON SMART SET
At Pascal Lainé’s smash opening for the painter Michèle Belaiche Wednesday evening, some guests offered the ironic reflection that many dinner reservations might be shelved owing to the steady flow of scrumptious amuse gueules – salmon, foie gras, tuna, ratatouille, prawns … Continue reading
Ménerbes is the bashful sibling of the Luberon’s perched villages. Its peaceful streets, all newly stone-paved, and passive edifices stretch along an elongated hill that rises gradually to the northwest, offering panoramic views of the verdant countryside; Ménerbes lacks the … Continue reading
From his house in Ménerbes, the British painter Philip Hughes infuses his canvases with the searing light of the Luberon, illuminating the contrasts of the rich verdant valley nestled among impassioned rugged mountains. His landscapes are inspired by the soothing … Continue reading