Sightseeing

Savonnerie le Fer a cheval, Marseille

Savonnerie le Fer a cheval, Marseille

A little tour of this historic soap making factory, one of the few still making real Marseille soap. The process of making Marseille soap was defined the late XVIIe century, under Louis XIV as a soap made in Marseille, based solely on vegetal oils, without colouring,...

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Chapelle Notre Dame d’Aubune

Chapelle Notre Dame d’Aubune

On my way to Baume-de-Venise, I was struck by the beauty of this tiny chapel. It was closed, but the exteriors and the landscape around it where very much worth the detour. Will go back for a visit one of these days and report... The tower stands proudly and is...

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Contemporary art in Vaison-la-Romaine

Contemporary art in Vaison-la-Romaine

An interesting dialogue between contemporary sculptures and old stones, set up by the association Artemis, in support of local artists. Here in the antique grounds of Roman Vaison, at La Villasse site, see blog post about La Villasse here Rêve d'homme, 2017, Julien...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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