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The popes’ palace secret life

The popes’ palace secret life

You probably know or have heard about the Pope’s Palace, home of the papacy from 1309 to 1377. A magnificent gothic and totally megalomanic building, build in several stages but only in a short period of time considering it’s extent (160 000 square ft). You might be less familiar with the numerous beast that inhabit…

Abbaye du Thoronet

Abbaye du Thoronet

The “jewel” of Cistercian abbeys. Built between 1160 and 1230, Le Thoronet Abbey, together with Silvacane and Sénanque, is one of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence. In danger of falling into disrepair after the French Revolution, restoration work began on this masterpiece in 1841. An example for contemporary architecture. Generations of architects were inspired by the…

The Choregies @ Orange Roman Theatre

The Choregies @ Orange Roman Theatre

Orange’s Opera festival “Les Choregies d’Orange”, is an absolute must. Spectacular stage design, world class orchestra and opera singers. An experience to treasure. Website: http://www.choregies.fr Some personal pictures of operas we had the chance to attend, mixed with professional pictures from Philippe Gromelle, taken from the Choregies website (not difficult to tell them appart…) Un ballo…

Ecce Homo, Ernest Pignon-Ernest @ Palais des Papes

Ecce Homo, Ernest Pignon-Ernest @ Palais des Papes

A few shots of the stunning exhibition at the Pope’s Palace, in Avignon.   The artists work spanning several decades (from 1966) is on display, some original works, and many photos, being father of street art and his work is mainly displayed out there.. Ernest Pignon-Ernest shines light on suffering and misery, from prison inmates…

Vaison’s archeological museum

Vaison’s archeological museum

The museum is in the archeological grounds of the Puymin site, I very much recommend a visit before the grounds itself, as the numerous artefacts and reconstitutions will help you visualise the way of life of antique Vasio Vocontiorum. The typical farm-turned town’s villa The town center as it was at the time, complete with…

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. Below some shows we have had the chance to enjoy over the years, just…

Vaison-la-Romaine’s archeological sites: Villasse

Vaison-la-Romaine’s archeological sites: Villasse

Another large archeological ground also sits in Vaison’s town center and is accessible with the same entrance ticket as the Puymin site (see other post here). The Villasse houses an antique shopping high street: It is seen here during the Journee Romaines, a historical reconstitution lead by Augustus Caesar Praetoria association, see post here Also…

Vaison-la-Romaine’s archeological sites: Puymin

Vaison-la-Romaine’s archeological sites: Puymin

The Roman sites of Vaison are quite extensive in comparaison to the size of town, and make a significant portion of it’s center: Puymin and Villasse are the main sites Puymin It is just across the street from the tourist office and shows numerous villas centered around courtyard surrounded by columns , thermal baths, the theatre…

Abbaye de Senanque

Abbaye de Senanque

This cistercian Abbey, with beautiful Lavandin field coming up to it’s quasi millenarian walls, is an instagram hit. You will probably recognise this views if you have any kind of interest in Provence! The thoughtful monks have created a small field outside of the walled and fenced areas for photo opportunity… Here are some less…

Baronnies, the hidden gem of Provence

Baronnies, the hidden gem of Provence

Since this is the time of year when one should really talk about lavenders, I thought I would take you to some place off the beaten tracks. The Baronnies are the first hills that we encounter when leaving Vaison-la-Romaine towards the Alps, it is Provence’s best kept secret. A nirvana for cyclists, it is also…

Augustus Caesar Praetoria @ Vaison-la-Romaine

Augustus Caesar Praetoria @ Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine is a fitting location for the Augustus Caesar Praetoria association, which reenacts historical scenes based on Roman Emperor Hadrien and his pretorian guard. The attention to details and use of historical materials and techniques are quite amazing and very photogenic, all instagram material 😉 It started in the morning with a military parade, here…

Pop the Opera

Pop the Opera

An opportunity for hundreds of kids from the Provence region to come together on the stage of the prestigious Choregies d’Orange, home of the famous Opera festival, and sing a medley of songs accompanied by the Avignon symphonic orchestra. We where proud of our niece who was singing on that beautiful evening…

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