Provence

Tips and Articles in Provence

The Arts: Music You've memorized the CD and seen the movie, but if the Buena Vista Social Club isn't in town when you visit Havana, where do you go for the best Cuban sounds?We asked Juan de Marcos González, a founding member of the BVSC, to ...
The 80-mile sweep of land known as the Côte d'Azur is a necklace of towns strung along a rocky coast. Sun-worn locals sip pastis while rubbing elbows with international boldfaced names; yachts share the docks with broken-down fishing boats; Rolls-...
Unseasonably warm for January, by mid-morning it's approaching 50 degrees on Avenue de la Rabasse in Richerenches, in western Provence. The winter sun is blinding and the air is filled with the bold scent of the black truffle (or rabasse) for whic...
Set in the sun-scorched landscape of bulls, pink flamingos, and stout white horses in the Camargue, Mas de la Chassagnette will go down as this summer's Provençal hot spot. The soaring whitewashed organic restaurant occupies a former sheepfold tha...
I have a particular fondness—a weakness, some friends say—for ceramics, and my cupboards are crammed with pieces that I've bought all around the world. Besides enjoying the quirky beauty of my fire-blackened Indonesian bowls, polka-dotted Hungaria...
Domaine des Andéols—a rural hotel coaxed out of a hamlet of farmhouses in the Lubéron—is reinventing the south of France experience. Interiors of the nine stone buildings reject the region's familiar rush-seated furniture and sunflower still lifes...
I don't think you can go wrong with things that have a little bit of age and character," Judy Hornby says, lounging on the terrace of her Avignon apartment. If you had any doubt as to her métier, you could probably make an educated guess by lookin...
Everyone knows that if you want to lay your head some-where stylish and luxurious in Provence, you check into a full-service hotel, right? Well, not anymore. A new wave of guesthouses, or maisons d'hôte, is biting the heels of traditional hotels ...
The French Riviera is not a place generally known for its low-key style. Driving between Nice and Menton last October, I passed or was passed by Bentley convertibles, scarlet Ferraris, and outsized yachts. I rode by opulent estates seclude...
The Trip Culinary excursion in Croatia and Sarajevo Highlights Learn to cook polenta-and-cheese with a native family in Lukomir, the highest village in Sarajevo. At a farm near Capljina, Bosnia, view the relics of the Austro-Hungarian empire. E...
The red pullover i'd packed never had a chance. Ditto the cotton shirt in a sprigged Provençal print, even though I had killed myself chasing down an exact copy of the one Picasso wore during his days as a potter in the south of France. I had tak...
where we enjoyed two memorable meals. A breakfast of fromage and warm bread and a late lunch of vegetables and meats left us full and happy. In the shadow of Mont Ste.-Victoire, Puyloubier is a delightful village with historic buildings that beg ...
There are 1,100 entries for fruits, vegetables, stews, soups, breads, charcuterie, pastries, candies, fish, cheese, wine, and other foods on A. Bourguignon’s 1929 Carte Gastronomique de la France. Or is it 11,000?I may never find out. Most of the ...
The Marquis de Sade is one of the few men in history whose names have spawned adjectives: Machiavelli, Plato, and Masoch are others who come readily to mind. The books of this 18th-century debauchee have received more mixed reviews than any ot...
We are 10 strangers laughing, gathered around a gleaming stainless-steel-and-granite island peeling baby artichokes for our dinner. The luminous, beamed kitchen where we work, not to mention the endless glasses of chilled rosé, invite an easy cama...