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Vaison-la-Romaine’s Ville Haute

Vaison-la-Romaine’s Ville Haute

We usually visit the medieval town with friends, letting them do the photos… This time, with a delightful evening light, I set up on a photo hunt through the stony streets of the medieval Ville Haute.. Coming from the “new” town, one crosses the Roman bridge (the only one to withstand the terrible 1992 flood…

Vaison-la-Romaine’s cathedral and cloister

Vaison-la-Romaine’s cathedral and cloister

While Vaison-la-Romaine is best known for it’s extensive Romain sites, it also boasts some lovely medieval architecture. If like me, you are an old stone amateur, you should find happiness without having to go very far! Some views of the romanesque cathedral and cloister, conveniently located next to the Biocoop, the local organic supermarket (or…

Medieval Vaison: la Ville Haute

Medieval Vaison: la Ville Haute

In troubled medieval times, villages tended to be perched on high grounds in order to be easier to defend. Vaison is no exception, it’s Ville Haute still keeps it’s very narrow cooled streets that keep wonderfully fresh in the summer.   “Des pierres et des Hommes, histoires mur-murées”, an outdoor photographic exhibition, is  set up on…

Roman Vaison

Roman Vaison

Vasio Vocontiorum, an important Roman town, used to cover the modern day Vaison grounds. Any time  a shovel is being used to dig a house or a road, some archeological finding pops up, to the delight of archeologists, and not so much of builders! The archeological groups of la Villase and Puymin cover over 15…

Summer festivals in Vaison-la-Romaine

Summer festivals in Vaison-la-Romaine

We are lucky to have a rich cultural scene in Vaison, highlighted in the summer by outdoor shows in the Roman theatre, as well as in more intimate scenes like the one set in the Roman ruins, and in the cathedral. Festival Vaison Danses 2011   Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan in “Sacred Monsters”, my…

Popes’ Palace temporary exhibitions

Popes’ Palace temporary exhibitions

The Pope’s Palace in Avignon, is a stunning space for art exhibitions, here are two of my favourites: Les Papesses, 2013, The Popesses of art: Louise Bourgeois, Camille Claudel, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak Exhibition book here: https://www.actes-sud.fr/catalogue/arts-plastiques-et-sculpture/les-papesses Les Eclaireurs, 2017, African contemporary art, brought to Avignon by the Fondation Blachere, see here: http://www.fondationblachere.org/expositions/les-eclaireurs/    

Rencontres photographiques d’Arles

Rencontres photographiques d’Arles

A summer festival running from June to September, with pop up exhibition throughout the town, a bliss! Shows often also pop up at l’Abbaye de Montmajour, between Arles and Fontevieille. Here in 2013, an exhibition curated by Christian Lacroix, Arles’ loved child

Arles, sightseeing

Arles, sightseeing

If you feel like venturing even further, Arles is a little town worth exploring, with charming streets, churches, cloisters, hotels particuliers and a photography festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles, that pops’ in all of the above mentioned places, not to miss! Arles’ Roman Amphithéâtre     Musee départemental Arles Antique:  

Orange, the Roman theatre

Orange, the Roman theatre

We in Vaison are very proud of our Roman ruins and much loved Roman theatre, but we must admit that Orange’s is definitely worth the trip. It is unique because of it’s immense scents back wall, still intact, that gives it’s distinctive acoustic to this magic place       Orange’s Opera festival “Les Choregies d’Orange”,…

Avignon, the Popes Palace and the festivalA

Avignon, the Popes Palace and the festivalA

Avignon is mostly known by it’s half built bridge, giving birth to eponymous rhyme, and it’s medieval palace, built in several stage by the different Popes who reigned here during the XIVth century. Visiting the palace is fascinating if you have the slightest interest in old stones and architecture.   Several models show the different…

Perched villages of Provence

Perched villages of Provence

Medieval times where rough: villages where often built in naturally defensive sites, or had fortifications. Perched villages in the area have very much kept their timeless feeling due to old stones and stringent building and renovation norms. The bell tower is also remarkable with their transparent ironwork top, you can spot them from a distance….

Slow living in Provence, fast cycling on Mont Ventoux…

Slow living in Provence, fast cycling on Mont Ventoux…

Time flows gently at La Baye des Anges. Life is centered on very simple needs like eating, sleeping, spending time with loved ones. It’s all about what we shall have for breakfast / aperitif / lunch / dinner, endless meals, lounging by the pool and various activities around the garden. Rarely do our guests leave…

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