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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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Lacoste: Sebastian Brajkovic Vernissage at La Galerie Phriem on Saturday, April 13; A Notable Closing
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Michelin Guide 2013: Two New Stars Rise in the Vaucluse – La Closerie in Ansouis and the Restaurant Prévôt in Cavaillon
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Oprah Winfrey Interviews Lance Armstrong: Imperishable Mont Ventoux Memories Fade to Black; He is a “Trider”
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The Marseille Caper: Bouillabaisse at Le Péron Touted by Peter Mayle in New Book. A Short List of Other Fish Joints.
The breezy entertaining narratives of Peter Mayle achieve a heightened sensitivity when their characters arrive to “une bonne table.” Afterall, Mayle’s passions are the sensual pleasures of Provence incarnated in its cuisine. With Marseille taking up the décor in his … Continue reading
Follow the Chef: Chez Camille Closes in Flassan; Chef Camille to Join Michel Philibert at Le Gajulea in Le Barroux Jan 25
In 2009 in the village of Flassans at the foot of Mont Ventoux, a young couple Richard and Camille opened Chez Camille. The cheery restaurant is a delightful dining experience, and every evening diners relish the dishes elegantly prepared and … Continue reading
Holiday Fine Dining in the Vaucluse: Seven Delightful Restaurants For Celebrating Noel, New Year’s Eve and Jan 1
For holiday season dining at its finest in the Vaucluse, PVB recommends seven restaurants for your culinary pleasure. They are ordered by the price of the New Year’s Eve dinner menu with the priciest at the top. Of course, price … Continue reading
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