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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: Peter Mayle
Médiatique: Peter Mayle – Quiet Days in Vaugines in “Gens Du Sud,” a Tribal Imperative and La Bonne Table
He’s been at it for the best part of 25 years now, penning his experimental and assuasive narratives on life and leisure in Provence. Now 74 and living in a new residence near Vaugines not far from his former home … 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
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
There exists among those travelers who consider themselves superior in intellect and social standing a class-contempt for anything that smacks of modernization and what they consider the vulgarization of travel – the nightmarish vision that once calm private places (and … 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
Ridley Scott: Did the Film Pasha’s Six-Year Bust Up with an Organic Farmer Give Brits a Bad Rap in Provence?
Two weeks ago Rose Orset (picture), organic farmer cast as fringe-celebrity for starring in a long-running mis-en-scène orchestrated by the British pasha of film Ridley Scott, her neighbor in Oppède mind you, set up her stand at this season’s first … 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