Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Van Gogh in Saint Remy de Provence. "Celebrating" the 125th anniversary of this death

It might sound like an unusual celebration but the partners of the European Van Gogh Route are celebrating the 125th year of the death of Vincent Van Gogh in 2015.

Vincent Van Gogh stayed in Saint Remy from May 8th 1889 till May 16th 1890. He then left for Northern France Auvers sur Oise where he unfortunatelly died on July 29th 1890 (will we ever know whether he comitted suicide or was killed by a couple of teenagers, the suspens is still hanging...)

All the Van Gogh Europe partners (click her to learn more) have compiled a comprehensive program covering all regions whereVincent Van Gogh lived.

Here is the Saint Remy program

In Saint Remy, the new digital route (available in English) is soon to be launched and I was attending the conference which took place Friday last, with details on what to expect....

The new digital route will enable you to add your eyes in Van Gogh's famous Saint Remy portrait and will also take you in Van Gogh's painting.....
The "physical route" is also to be "rearranged" and modernised so that you get to know more about Van Gogh and its works during this fruitfull year in Saint Remy.

Opening of the Conference with Saint Remy expert Elisa Farran  and Philippe Latourelle from the musée Estrine, Doctor Boulon from the Saint Paul de Mausole psychiatric Hospital and Catherine Galliot from Auvers Sur Oise Tourist Office.

Engrave yourself with Van Gogh, one of the apps .

For once I'm on stage....
Program of Activity in Provence for 2015

* March 7th to May 24th
Musée Estrine will present the works of 35 painters, sculptors or other artists who worked on the theme of our Alpilles mountain cherrished by Vincent Van Gogh.
The museum offers also a dedicated space to Van Gogh life and sojourn in Saint Remy de Provence (available in English)

July 4th to 22nd

Joint Photo exhibition with Van Gogh Brabant in the village centre.
Photos will be the result of the competition organised by the Village of Zundert in netherland (birth city of Vincent) and the "De Brabantse Hoeders"

September 19th to October 21nd
"Association Valetudo" at the Saint Paul de Mausolee Hospital
Exhibition Vincent Van Gogh from roots to stars.
Patients from the current Psychiatric Hospital will be showing their paintings or pictures in the Monastry.
Exhibition organized with the New York visual arts school.

Other activities, but mostly in French will be offered during the year.
Our local cinema will also show Vincente Minelli's movie Lust for life on May22 or 24th...

Soon to be released
Our brand new digtital Apps The French landscapes of Van Gogh  linked with the city of Auvers sur Oise.
The launch of the Apps is scheduled for next Friday Fev 20th and I will attend the conference of course.

In Nearby Arles :
June 12th to September 20th 
At the Fondation Van Gogh d'Arles 
Van Gogh's drawings : influences and innovation
With some of Van Gogh's work. (details to be released soon...)


And do not miss touring the Hospital while in Saint Remy and preferably with someone who can explain the spirit,Vincent's life in Saint Remy. My tours are rather good was I told! :):):)


My favourite Starry night in Saint Remy.

Alpilles Moutain as seen by Van ogh

The Saint Paul de Mausole Hospital garden

The door of the actual Hospital as it was in 1889


Friday, February 13, 2015

Foodie and History Guided Tour of Saint Remy de Provence

St. Remy is filled with artisinal food producers, working in traditional ways, keeping local food traditions alive. And luckily many of them have shops and workshops, right in the heart of the village. To give you a taste of what they offer, we're offering our most-popular full-day tour--St. Remy for Foodies--in an additional way. You can still book an artisan food tour privately any day you like--meaning you and your peeps have the driver/guide to yourself for the day. (That day includes visits to an olive mill, a goat farm/cheesemaker and a baking class.) But every Tuesday morning we'll be offering an edited version of the full-day tour...on foot...for mixed groups.  This means you'll be paired with other travelers (tours are ten people max) for a very-full, very-filling, very-fun morning!

Your guide will rendezvous with you at the Tourist Office at 10 am. And then we hit the rue running! Staying in the heart of the village (with minimal walking) we’ll roam from shop to shop, tasting homemade chocolates, cookies, nougat, flavored salts, honey, olive oils, tapenades, confitures and more. We'll pop into our favorite boulangerie, to sample some iconic French treats...and move on to a cheese tasting. The tour wraps up over a glass of local wine...served up with a quick crash course in the grapes and wine styles of the famous Côtes du Rhône. 

Along the way you'll get a taste of the rich history of this cobblestoned village ...and a glimpse into real local life from your charming and knowledgable guide. The tour ends around 12:30 and we'll happily recommend a restaurant for lunch.

Our Foodie Tuesday Tour costs 70€ per person for adults, 50€ for ages 12 to 18 and 30€ for kids 6 to 12. Kids under 6 are welcome to join the party free, as long as they're fearless and willing to taste! Available year round.


For questions or to book click here 
 
Lavender or Violette Chocolate.....

Provencal Lavender Honey

Want to learn more about 'Biscuits'

Creamy Honey

All about Olive Oil

Which and "How to choose" French Cheeses

And My favorite "Calissons". Meaning'What are those cuddles"


Friday, January 23, 2015

Touring in The Luberon : Bonnieux

Bonnieux is only located about 4 km from Lacoste and you can even see the village from Lacoste.
Its name might come from "Bon Oeil" i.e. good eye for its spectacular view from many spots in the village.

Bonnieux is of course well known for being the "shopping and eating place" of Peter Mayle. Slightly larger (1 500 inhb) than Menerbes Peter Mayle was often going there.

If you like to climb street, that's the village for you !
However watch out the traffic since Bonnieux has one of the only road linking the Norht Luberon to the South Luberon.

The FRIDAY MARKET is a must. It stretches from the square in the village down to the new church by the road at the bottom of the Village. Rather big it's best to go early around 9am before the crowd.

What to see in Bonnieux :

- The Old Church at the top of the Village dating from the 12th C,
- The walls protecting the village from the 12th C,
- The close by "Pont Julien" a roman bridge (down in the Valley),
- The "Jardin de la Louve", one of the most remarkable garden, By booking only (min 10 people) some visits are also arranged by the Tourist Office.
- The "Musée de la Boulangerie"(well it needed a bit of dusting and modernising last time I went).

You might bump into John Malkovitch who owns a property nearby.

Where to eat :
Bonnieux Offers a good selection of restaurant. You will get a nice panorama from one of the bar located in the upper part but those bars are on the main road....

*- Le Fournil in the centre.
 The restaurant is partly carved in the rock.
2 courses set lunch around 21€, 2 course set dinner around 41€
closed on Monday Tuesday
Best to book
Nice terrasse

*- Le Café de la Gare
One of my fav.
A bit tricky to find in the "Quartier de la gare" (old train station neighboroud).
It is like what we call a "routier" i.e a restaurant designed for truck drivers, providing a nice set menu at a reasonnable price.
The new owners (2014) expanded the garden terrassse and are probably working right now on the main dining room but kept the 14€ 3 courses lunch formula (2014).
Only open for Lunch Monday to Saturday only.
Compulsory to book.



Bonnieux from Lacoste


That's how stip the streets are

Market day in Bonnieux on Friday


Love that pottery stand by the church

The Fournil Restaurant Yum Yum

The Jardin de La Louve

Also known as Mrs Pillsbury garden








The Café de la Gare