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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: St. Remy de Provence
If the animated buzz and bourgeois mien in the cafes and restaurants of St.-Rémy-de-Provence appear to mimic the frenetic energy of Paris, consider that St-Remy is a favored summer hangout of the Parisian smart set (French who say “je suis confu” … 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
St. Rémy de Provence: A Heightened Artistic Sensibility – the a-part Festival – Kicks Off July 5 – Aug. 25 Run With 10 Days of Vernissages
If you are visiting Provence for the first time, you experience that curious relief at finding a place that conforms to your stereotyped preconceptions, e.g. lavender really does grow here. The urge to indulge yourself in the delights of Provence … Continue reading
A-PART: 75 ARTISTS BEAUTIFY PROVENCE, DATA ART OF RAY SWEETEN / LISA GWILLIAMS TO ST. REMY, MEXICO TO TARASCON AMONG OTHERS
Inject the New Museum in NY with an intellectual left bank verve, repot it in the towns and countryside of Provence, and then behold the pop-up alchemy as art luminous blossoms near and afar. This hybrid phenomenon has a name: … Continue reading
ST. REMY DE PROVENCE, THURSDAY, DEC. 15: CHATEAU DES ALPILLES FETES THE SEASON WITH TWO EXHIBITS FOLLOWED SUMPTUOUS REPAST
The Château des Alpilles in St. Remy de Provence, will be honoring the exhibits of of two artists – Jean-Luc Parant and Jean Bosc – with a vernissage at 6:30 p.m and a dinner at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December … Continue reading
SAINT-RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE: GÉRARD FROMANGER OF THE “NOUVELLE FIGURATION” MOVEMENT — A RETROSPECTIVE AT THE MUSÉE ESTRINE
“You are the warrior among us,” stated the philosopher Michel Onfray to the painter Gérard Fromanger, at an APART Festival forum in St.-Rémy-de-Provence last week. “A modest and necessary combat against the powerful,” continued Onfray. “You crystallized the enemy in … Continue reading
Countries inherit the cuisine of their former colonies. If you have ever traveled in Italy, there are times when you may have had the melancholy reflection that the Italians should have colonized a foreign land to provide some variety in … Continue reading
A rain drenched Provence last Wednesday — rain coming around the 14th of July augers well for plenty of truffles to dig up in the fall say the locals — yet the skies returned to azure blue for the APART … Continue reading
At the Café Les Filles du Patissier, one of the most original cafés in the prettiest small square of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, the service comes with an insouciant bit of eye candy — plastic grocery sacks suspended beneath the ‘leaf-line’ of … Continue reading
APART: AN ENCHANTING “POP-UP” FESTIVAL-CUM-“ROAD TRIP” WHERE ART BLOSSOMS ALL OVER THE NORTHERN BOUCHES-DU-RHONE
A picture-perfect metaphor for the APART Festival is its logo: the flowers of Michael De Feo, the American street art movement soi-disant ‘flower guy’, whose flowers graced the posters and t-shirts of last year’s festival as well as the walls … Continue reading