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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,
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Crillon Le Brave: A Romantic Rendezvous Heightened By Local-Produce-Cum-Local-Wine at the Bistrot 40K
In the pleasant verdant countryside of the Vaucluse, about a half-an-hour drive northeast of Avignon, stands a large proud stone edifice on the perched hill of a village in miniature, Crillon le Brave, which before it stretches out a commanding … Continue reading
Tavel: L’Auberge de Tavel is a Refined Culinary Time You Will Want to Do Again; Take In As Well World Class Rosé Wines
Plat: Bass with Little Vegetables at L’Auberge de Tavel A major advantage for any wine enthusiast visiting an appellation in the Southern Rhone is to have a ‘point de chute’ (a landing place) from which to nourish the body and … Continue reading
There were notes of a different kind in the Ancient Theatre of Orange, built by the Romans in the first century, which is home to the Chorégies d’Orange, one of Europe’s top opera festivals. On this Friday evening, the “notes” … Continue reading
St. Rémy de Provence: Compositions as Body Art by Jacopo Baboni-Schilingi at the Outrageously Trendy Mas de l’Amarine
A virtuoso of raw force, the composer Jacopo Baboni-Schilingi has a quick hand – one with great élan for applying musical scores to the bare skins of those willing to model the music which he composed for an evening of … Continue reading
Vaucluse: Michelin Star Restaurants With Their Wine Lists Online. Only 5 Out of 16. Southern Rhone Reds to Quaff This Summer
For those who invest extraordinary emotions into wine, the selection of a bottle(s) at a Michelin star establishment can provoke anxiety mixed with pleasure, the reason why for wine enthusiasts the carte des vins gets a first look before the … Continue reading
Chat with great winemakers in the Vaucluse about where their incredibly happy clientele dine – those motivated by a self-conscious concern of marrying a good bottle with a good dish – and you hear several places echoing in your ears … 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
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
Tour de France Hits Malaucène on July 14: Sojourn at Le Clos St Michel or La Fleur Bleu, Tour at Rhone Wine Holidays, Quaff at Saint Jean du Barroux.
On July 14, Bastille Day, the Tour de France will send riders up the mythical 6,000 plus-feet Mont Ventoux with its bare limestone summit heaving with crazed booze-fueled fans. It will be ninth time in its history that the Tour … Continue reading
L’Auberge du Beaucet, Le Beaucet: Among gastronomes, the Auberge du Beaucet has consistently been a must table to book during the summer season. Under new management since last year, the Auberge has returned to its original dining space – a … Continue reading