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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…

Chapelle St Quenin, Vaison-la-Romaine

Chapelle St Quenin, Vaison-la-Romaine

You can’t miss this beautiful construction, as it’s imposing romanesque architecture grace the town’s entrance. The Chapel was built in the XIIIe century, the nave and facade were restored in the XVIIe century, but the remarquable apse dates back to the XIIIe c. and offers an unusual triangular shape on the outside. The classical code…

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

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:  

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