Revenant

Joined July 2010

Amateur photographer living in Provence. Middle-aged, middle-income, too much of a middle.

Photography / holiday info about Provence, SE France

If anyone’s planning a holiday / photo trip to the SE of France this summer (northern hemisphere), I’ll be happy to offer some venue information / the odd bit of logistical/linguistic help. I live midway between Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, about 70 km North of Marseilles and an hour’s drive from Arles and the Camargue wetlands.

Here are some examples:

Avignon Festival – July 2012
This is the French equivalent of the Edinburgh festival in the medieval city of Avignon, which has a direct high-speed train link to Paris. Hotels are booked solid in the city and parking is nearly impossible during the festival.

Les Rencontres d’Arles – opens 2 July
Arles is home to the French national school of photography. Exhibitions and courses (in French) until September. It’s also where you’ll find a gloriously preserved Coliseum (slightly smaller and more recent than its Roman counterpart) which is still used for bull fights, along with a Roman theatre (also in use).

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
A very touristy village a few km south of Avignon in the shadow of the Alpilles. Very (too?) quaint, but it does feature the ruins of a beautiful Gallo-Roman town right next to where Van Gogh cut off his earlobe and painted those glorious olive trees and starry nights. For those interested in that sort of thing, it’s also Nostradamus’ birthplace.

I’ll be adding to this entry over time.

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