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TOURISM

PRESS

2014

EDITION

Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur

LIFESTYLE 

LIFESTYLE

CONTENTS Short press release

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Gastronomy & Wines

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Encounters... 5 Visits and tours 6 Activities 9 Places to stay 10

Decoration and Arts & Crafts

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Encounters... 13 Visits and tours 15 Activities 16 Places to stay 19

Nature & Gardens

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Encounters... 21 Visits and tours 22 Activities 25 Places to stay 27

Urban Culture & Heritage

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Encounters... 30 Visits and tours 31 Activities 34 Places to stay 35

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LIFESTYLE

SHORT PRESS RELEASE The people of Provence are proud… and so they should be! Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Southern Alps and the Rhône River, Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur is a sun-drenched region with delicious temperatures and a generous soil. Offering up such treasures as olive oil, truffles and prestigious wines including Châteauneuf-duPape, Côtes du Rhône and Côtes de Provence. The sun shines 300 days a year here and is reflected in our colourful and fragrant food, with its authentic and multicultural dishes. Set at the crossroads of Europe and the Mediterranean, our cuisine blends many genres and offers a delectable marriage of flavours from East and West. Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur’s red, white and rosé wines are an integral part of our warm and welcoming way of life and offer a foretaste of the region’s envied lifestyle. Foodies will be spoilt for choice, with a host of daring chefs, impassioned local guides, farmers and wine growers, all proud of this unique terroir. This beautiful stage set also goes hand in hand with performance, and our local craftsmen

and artisans pride in supporting the “Made in Provence” label. These men and women create or restore many objects decorating the region’s bastides and lodges… The Regional Tourist Board is delighted to present you a unique series of articles born out of a selection of encounters, tours, activities and places to stay reflecting the “Art de Vivre” - or Lifestyle so appreciated by today’s “slow travellers”. Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur’s unspoiled natural treasures, unique sites and exceptional gardens carved by the hand of man, are a genuine inspiration to us and our visitors. Many illustrious artists, such as Van Gogh and Cézanne, have been seduced by the region. You can enjoy walking in their footsteps in Aix-enProvence, Arles, or in the inland country, where you will come across heritage sights dating from Greek and Roman times to current day.

PROVENCE-ALPS-COTE D’AZUR, THE PLACE TO BE! DID YOU KNOW THAT... • Woody Allen shot his latest film “Magic in the Moonlight”, starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone, at a vineyard in the Var area. • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have lived at Château Miraval for the last 6 years, where they produce an excellent organic rosé wine. Château Miraval is also famed for its recording studio, which has welcomed stars such as Pink Floyd, Sting, the Cranberries and Muse. • As you wander around the local markets of Provence, you may well come across John Malkovich, Ridley Scott, David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John or Jessica Alba, who is planning to set up home in the village of Eguilles right next to Aix-en-Provence…

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LIFESTYLE

GASTRONOMY & WINES The Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur region has a generous character. It has been offering up the ingredients vital to our flavourful and colourful cuisine for thousands of years.

provide a marvellous accompaniment to Vaucluse

The very first French wines were grown on this soil,

invite you to discover the wealth and diversity of our

with such prestigious names as Châteauneuf-du-Pape,

gastronomy by reading our latest novel, astonishing

Beaumes-de-Venise, Bandol and Palette. They

and, of course, gourmet news!

truffles, Sisteron lamb and Camargue bull beef. The Côtes de Provence wines and especially rosés, which originate from the region, are best savoured outside under a bower on summer evenings. We

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Encounters... WITH ROGER MERLIN Reputed and committed Chef Roger Merlin, founder of the “Conservatoire des Cuisines de Camargue” (Camargue Heritage Food Society), shares his expertise at his cookery school, located at Mas de Vauvert. Against this wild, natural backdrop, Roger’s cookery classes pay tribute to traditional Camargue produce, such as rice, olive oil and bull beef, together with Mediterranean fish and heritage vegetables. In addition to the classes, welcoming both adults and children (groups of 6-12 people maximum), Roger also hosts lunches and dinners at the edge of the lake (minimum 4 people - book at least 3 days ahead). Menus from €25 to €35. The wild and natural beauty of Camargue’s plant and animal life, combined with the delicious dishes concocted with panache by Roger Merlin, seduced Sunday Times journalist Anthony Peregrine, who declared “I had the best lunch of 2013 there”. READ MORE

www.cuisineprovence.com

WITH MINNA AND JEAN-PAUL LUC FROM VILLA MINNA Minna from Finland and her French husband Jean-Paul took over and revamped this estate in 1987. Villa Minna had been in the hands of Jean-Paul’s family for five generations, since 1929. The vineyard was abandoned when Jean-Paul’s grandfather Alexandre died. Eight years later, these two wine lovers uprooted the neglected old vines and replaced them with a selection of very high-quality grape varieties, with very low yields. The first plot of Syrah was planted in 1992. Grown organically, the wines are powerful and perfect for long ageing. They are served at the finest tables.

A touch of history… In Roman times, a “Villa” simply referred to a “vineyard”. Set at the edge of the ancient Via Aurelia Roman Road, the buildings comprising the villa are set out in the manner of a typical Roman house, around an inner courtyard. Undeniably one of the region’s best addresses. READ MORE

www.villaminnavineyard.fr

WITH JOYCE BORGMANN This Dutch lady, who set up home in Provence ten years ago with her husband Erik, simply adores Mediterranean cuisine and Provence. Joyce was already hosting cookery classes in the Netherlands, so it seemed an obvious choice to come and live in the region. Joyce Borgmann welcomes guests at a charming bastide, featuring pretty B&B rooms and self-catering gites with private gardens, open throughout the summer season. Set amid olive trees, this is Provence how you’ve always imagined it… The Borgmanns produce their own olive oil at a nearby mill. The typical regional vegetables and herbs grown in their orange grove provide the basis for Joyce’s cuisine and her “from the garden to the plate” cookery classes. Participants gather their ingredients in the morning then cook them up for lunch - how fresh can you get?! “I grow herbs such as rosemary, thyme, tarragon, verbena and lavender and put them in all my dishes. I love their vibrant flavour” explains Joyce. She cooks according to the seasons and “whatever’s growing in the garden!” Her cooking classes are great value for money at €45 per person. READ MORE

www.oulivie.fr

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Visits and tours AIX-EN-PROVENCE

CAMARGUE

CALISSONS DU ROI RENÉ NEW PRODUCTION SITE

FOLLOW THE GUIDE WITH “I AM NOT A TOURIST”

Maurice Farine called on architect Christophe Gulizzi (who signed French footballer Zinedine Zidane’s Z5 complex in Aix) to design a new production unit for his famous “Calisson” candies. The site opened in January 2014. Particularly targeting visitors interested in industrial tourism, it is teamed up with a museum, Calisson manufacturing area and points of sale.

Born in Camargue, Sébastien Lopez travelled between the States and Europe for many years. When he finally returned to his roots, he decided to launch a novel, people-oriented tourism project, aimed at encouraging visitors to Camargue and Provence off the beaten track for a series of unique encounters. Sébastien’s address explores uncharted roads and offers a backstage insight into the lives of some of Provence’s most impassioned cooks, inspired by the legendary lifestyle of Provence. Sébastien welcomes, guides and transports groups of up to 8 people on his magically memorable life experiences.

The site is scheduled to be planted with a 20-acre almond grove, to re-launch almond production in Provence. Marseilleborn architect Christophe Gulizzi opted for a contemporary style for the building, with rough stone extracted from the “Carrières de Provence” quarry, used to build the famous “Pont du Gard” bridge and for various constructions in Marseille by architect Fernand Pouillon.

Sébastien LOPEZ

“I am not a Tourist” +33 (0)6 25 42 78 22

www.iamnotatourist.fr “La Confiserie du Roy René”, founded in 1920 in the centre of Aix-en-Provence, is a nougat maker specializing in the production of “Calisson” candies, which were first mass-marketed in the Nineties. Always seeking new ideas for its products, the confectioner won the 2010 SIAL Innovation Prize for its Calicocktails (a sweet & savoury mini-calisson eaten as a nibble at aperitif time - a market currently expanding 5 to 8 % per year). LA FABRIQUE - CONFISERIE DU ROY RENÉ Route d’Avignon (Nationale 7) - Quartier de la Calade 13540 Aix-en-Provence Virginie LAINÉ +33 (0)4 42 39 29 82

www.calisson.com

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LUBERON NOVEL EATERIES

AIX-EN-PROVENCE LUNCH AT A CHEESE SHOP!

THE “TREETOP DINING ROOM” AT DOMAINE DES ANDÉOLS

TUCKED AWAY IN A CORNER OF PASSAGE AGARD

“La Salle à Manger Perchée” at Domaine des Andéols is literally a treetop dining room accommodating around 15 people, perched in a plane tree at a height of 7 metres. Lulled by cicada song, lunch guests enjoy stunning panoramic views over a hill set amid olive trees and lavender fields. Imaged by the estate’s owner Patrizia Massard and Alain Laurens, the director of “La Cabane Perchée” the cabin offers the perfect finishing touch to Domaine des Andéols’ luxury service range. Domaine des Andéols is a hotel comprising ten villas decorated on individual schemes, featuring rare and unusual objects, designer furniture and significant works of art. The hotel is set in the enchanting Luberon area, just a stone’s throw from the Roussillon ochre quarries and village of Gordes.

This cheese shop also features a dining area situated on two floors. The first floor is fitted out with trestle tables and a bar. The second features a flat roof with large parasols and heaters for winter. Most of the dishes are concocted with dairy products from the ground floor. An absolute must for cheese fans!

Perched in a majestic, veteran plane tree, dating back nearly 500 years to the era of Henri IV, the Treetop Dining Room is set around a natural wooden terrace. Menu €38 (excluding drinks). DOMAINE DES ANDÉOLS 84490 Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt +33 (0)4 90 75 50 63

www.andeols.com

Passage Agard, 55 Cours Mirabeau 13100 Aix-en-Provence +33 (0)4 42 22 90 00

www.lafromageriedupassage.fr

GAP - SOUTHERN ALPS

SAY CHEESE ! It’s a simple love of cheese and local produces that prompted the owners of this dairy to open up a dining area, where the cheese trolley rules and guests can pick and choose from an amazing 60 types of cheese! In addition to cheese tasting, you can also revel in some mountain classics such as “Fondue” and “Raclette”, together with not-to-be-missed regional specialties (Tourtons du Champsaur, Ravioles and Oreilles d’Anes). Route Nationale 85 - 05500 Laye +33 (0)4 92 50 15 23

www.laiterie-col-bayard.com

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PAYS D’AIX

LUNCHING IN FRONT OF A WORK OF ART AT CHÂTEAU LA COSTE Château la Coste has been constantly evolving since 2004, under the impetus of Irish owners Paddy & Maira McKillen. French wine expert and estate director Matthieu Cosse is firmly committed to biodynamic growing techniques. The wine is raised at a cutting edge winery designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. The Château’s arts centre, created by Tadao Ando in parallel to the new wine-making facilities, is surrounded by reflecting ponds where you can admire the rippling reflection of contemporary works, including Louise Bourgeois’ “Spider”. You can also opt for a two-hour stroll to discover the works of renowned artists such as Guggi, Tatsuo Miyajima, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jean Prouvé, Franz West, Alexander Calder, Frank O. Gehry, Liam Gillick, Tunga, Andy Goldsworthy, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Michael Stipe, Sean Scully, Richard Serra and Tom Shannon. Each artist has chosen a particular location within the grounds to install an original work, blending perfectly into the surrounding scenery. The result is both poetic and timeless…

A MOMENT OUT OF TIME... IN THE VINES! OPENING OF THE “BISTROT DES ARTS” Enthused by the idea of bringing wine back to its roots, Mathias Théric, a wine grower from the “Domaine du Puy des Arts”, opened this bistro in 2013. Food and wine lovers revel in a glass of wine served with local produce such as cheese, charcuterie, home-grown melon and other delights. France’s first “wine bar in the vines”, this initiative was heralded by star-rated Chef Eric Sapet from the next-door “Petite Maison de Cucuron”. DOMAINE THÉRIC LE PUY DES ARTS

Quartier les Bessières 84240 Ansouis +33 (0)4 90 09 81 76

www.lepuydesarts.com

Set inside the Tadao Ando arts centre, the restaurant opens onto a pond where you can admire “Infinity” by Hiroshi Sugimoto. CHÂTEAU LA COSTE

Le Puy Sainte-Réparade +33 (0)4 42 61 89 98

www.chateau-la-coste.com

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Activities CAVAILLON

AIX-EN-PROVENCE

“WHAT GOURMETS SAY” PASTRY CLASSES

MATHILDE’S WORKSHOP

NEW This young pastry chef runs a patisserie in Cavaillon town centre and hosts pastry classes in English for groups of 6 people maximum. Themes include Provencal biscuits, cakes for travel, chocolate and petits fours… From €25 per person, prices vary according to the workshop theme. LES GOURMANDS DISENT Cours Gambetta 84300 Cavaillon +33 (0)4 90 78 07 50

PAYS DE FAYENCE

THE RIVIERA GASTRONOMIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES ITS 3RD ANNIVERSARY Located in Seillans, ranked as “One of France’s Most Beautiful Villages”, just 1 hour from Nice and a ½ hour from Cannes, the “Institut Gastronomie Riviera” is set inside an ancient, fully-renovated silkworm farm. The Institute runs courses on the gastronomy theme for professionals and private individuals alike in this exceptional setting.

NEW After working in marketing and sales management for 18 years, Mathilde made her personal dream come true: a Workshop, where she could share her love of fine cuisine. Mathilde got to know all about food from an early age. Her mother, an excellent cook herself, was a critic for the Gault & Millau food guide and editor for the magazine Cuisine Actuelle. After her career turnaround in 2011, and armed with a vocational training certificate in cooking, Mathilde mastered her art at the prestigious Ferrandi and Alain Ducasse schools in Paris. By September 2013, she was ready to open the doors to her “Atelier Cuisine de Mathilde”. The Atelier hosts cookery and pastry classes on seasonal themes for adults and children, topped with “table d’hôtes” meals and private lessons. The classes are already very popular and Mathilde will be introducing new packages according to demand. Just give her a call! L’ATELIER DE MATHILDE 58 rue des Cordeliers - 1st floor 13100 Aix-en-Provence +33 (0)6 72 83 98 28

www.lateliercuisinedemathilde.com

Two main classes are available for individuals: a seasonal cookery class on Saturday mornings, hosted by 2 chefs, and gastronomic class on Friday evenings. Two additional workshops go to complete the offer: pastry-making, when renowned pastry chef Nicolas Denis reveals his magical dessert secrets (every other Wednesday) and a special children’s workshop (every other Wednesday). Please book well ahead for all classes. 3 rooms and 1 suite are available if you want to prolong the pleasure! INSTITUT GASTRONOMIE RIVIERA

12 anciens chemin de Fayence - 83440 Seillans +33 (0)4 94 84 30 18 • +33 (0)6 62 05 78 09 [email protected]

www.institut-gastronomie-riviera.com

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Places to stay AIX-EN-PROVENCE

SÉGURET - VALLÉE DU RHÔNE

NEW IN THE LAND OF CÉZANNE

THE DOMAINE DE CABASSE ROOMS ENJOY A FACELIFT!

A new, top-of-the-range establishment has just opened at the foot of Sainte Victoire mountain. And you can easily imagine Paul Cézanne setting up his easel in the heart of this beautiful 12-acre private estate! Open since July 2013, the complex offers 35 rooms and suites set inside an ancient, 18th-century house, together with 4 detached villas, all with private pools. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool and spa with indoor pool. The gastronomic restaurant is steered by multiple Michelin award-winning Chef Mathias Dandine. LES LODGES DE LA SAINTE-VICTOIRE**** 2250 route Cézanne - Le Tholonet 13100 Aix-en-Provence +33 (0)4 42 24 80 40

www.leslodgessaintevictoire.com

ARLES

JEAN-LUC RABANEL’S NEW “CONFIDENTIELLES” SUITES Renowned for his charismatic, passionate and genuinely friendly character, the astonishing Chef Jean-Luc Rabanel has created his own, very special universe over the years, which he refers to as “The Red Circle” (also his logo). Jean-Luc’s gastronomic restaurant L’Atelier is a hub of southern lifestyle, crowned with 2 Michelin stars and 5 Chef’s Hats in the Gault & Millau guide. His “A Coté” bistro (literally located next door to L’Atelier) sports a different style, with a casual atmosphere, gourmet dishes and low-calorie bill. As its name suggests, “Iode” (Iodine) is for fish and seafood fans. The “Bar A Nel’s” goes to complete the Rabanel world and is open mornings for gastronomic breakfasts and afternoons for champagne or tea. Last but not least, the Chef enjoys sharing his passion for cuisine with budding chefs whenever he gets a moment, with classes available in English or French.You can now prolong the Rabanel experience by sleeping over at one of his “Confidentielles” suites, lovingly imagined and designed by the chef himself. L’ATELIER DE JEAN-LUC RABANEL

21 rue des Carmes - 13200 Arles +33 (0)4 90 47 61 13

www.rabanel.com

Domaine de Cabasse (literally meaning “house under the village), is the perfect vacation choice for food and wine lovers. Set in 37 acres of vineyards, cherished using environmentally-friendly techniques, this “hotel de charme” offers 21 fully-refurbished room and a restaurant serving refined cuisine concocted with local produce and served, weather permitting, out on the shaded terrace. DOMAINE DE CABASSE*** Route de Sablet 84110 Séguret +33 (0)4 90 46 91 12

www.cabasse.fr

AVIGNON

L’HÔTEL D’EUROPE***** THE RESTAURANT REOPENS AFTER RENOVATION WORK Distinguished in 2013 by the “Expedia Insiders’ Select”, the Hôtel d’Europe is ranked among the Top 5 of an exclusive selection of 650 hotels acclaimed by travellers as offering remarkable service quality. Tucked inside a 16 th-century home, this five-star hotel welcomed tourists as far back as 1900, when the “red guide” was first published. Napoleon, Victor Hugo and Picasso are just some of the illustrious guests who have stayed here. Committed to respecting the hotel’s local origins, the current owner called on various regional craftsmen for the hotel’s recent renovation work, in particular for the unique rugs created by Brun de Vian Tiran (in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue) and the household linen by Edith Mézard (in Goult). The “Vieille Fontaine” restaurant was the first part of this discreet and luxurious palace to be refurbished; it now sports gray and white shades in harmony with the contemporary cuisine of star-rated Chef Bruno d’Angelis. HÔTEL D’EUROPE*****

12, place Crillon 84000 Avignon +33 (0)4 90 14 76 76

www.heurope.com

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PROVENCE VERTE

ESTÉREL - FRÉJUS

LORGUES: A FAST-GROWING WINE TOURISM DESTINATION

REFURBISHED ROOMS AT BASTIDE DU CLOS

The beautiful and world-renowned Château de Berne wine estate and Relais & Châteaux hotel was recently quoted in the Daily Telegraph (UK) as one of France’s best 4 hotels for wine lovers!

Set at the gateway to the historic quarter of Fréjus, against the Estérel foothills, Bastide du Clos is a “Château & Hôtel de Collection” establishment, with amenities including a spa, outdoor overflowing pool opening onto the vines, several function spaces and a chapel, perfect for weddings.

CHÂTEAU DE BERNE***** Route de Salernes 83510 Lorgues +33 (0)4 94 60 43 60

The rooms have been newly-decorated in pale shades, offering this charming hotel, set midway between Aix and Nice, a wonderfully serene atmosphere.

www.chateauberne.com Château de la Martinette (AOC Côtes de Provence wines) and the Le Prieuré estate changed hands in 2011 and are now undergoing major refurbishment work. Alexei Dmitriev, the managing partner of Château de La Martinette, is planning to build a large, luxury hotel and gastronomic restaurant on the Le Prieuré site, complete with a 12.5-acre organic kitchen garden and orchard, to be completed by 2017. His ambition: bring the authenticity and magic of this exceptional venue back to life, without altering its original character.

The restaurant, directed by Sébastien Mortet, serves a clever blend of gastronomic and country-style cuisine, pairing perfectly with the Bastide wines. The kitchen opens onto the dining room and is also used for cookery classes.

TAKE NOTE! Special reopening offer -40% from Jan 17th to March 18th, 2014

As far as wine goes… Unusually for Provence, most of the Château bottles are fitted with glass stoppers, said to protect the wine from oxidation and bacteria more efficiently than other corking methods.

LA BASTIDE DU CLOS*** 1609 route de Malpasset RD 37 - Lieu-dit Sainte Brigitte 83600 Fréjus +33 (0)4 94 53 32 31

CHÂTEAU DE LA MARTINETTE

www.clos-des-roses.com

4005 chemin de la Martinette 83510 Lorgues +33 (0)4 94 73 84 93

www.chateaulamartinette.com

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DECORATION AND ARTS & CRAFTS Tradition and creativity go hand in hand in Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur.

Whether you’re visiting the antiques capital

The region attracts many craftsmen, artisans and

between craft and fine art.

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, or the heart of lavender-scented Provence, you’ll love seeing them throw bridges

designers who pride in transforming heritage materials into objets d’art.

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Encounters... WITH FATHER AND SON DUO BRUNO AND ALEXANDRE LAFOURCADE, ARCHITECTS

WITH CÉCILE CHAPPUIS, THE CREATOR OF CARTON NOIR

Bruno and Alexandre take a run-down house or a simple plot of land and turn them into homes that look like they’ve been there for centuries… Much in demand by an international clientele, this father and son duo restores properties in the spirit of the 18th century. They also bring to life audacious, contemporary architectural projects.

An artisan and designer, based in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Provence, Cécile Chappuis specializes in cardboard creations for architects, decorators, antique dealers and private individuals.

“You need to start by having a long conversation with the owner, then go back to the site on your own to really immerse yourself in it and reflect on the project. It’s all about learning to look.” Bruno and Alexandre undertake around 10 projects of minimum 500 sq. metres every year. Their expertise contributes to safeguarding a now highly sought-after architectural style and they regularly open the doors of their building sites to the specialist press. READ MORE [email protected]

A passionate lover of art and history, she revisits and blends styles inspired by the Flemish School, the Italian Renaissance and modern art. Her mirrors, frames and installations are exported to France, Spain, England, Mexico, the US and Australia. Raw, painted, smooth or corrugated, self-coloured or decorated with sophisticated patterns, cardboard lends itself to infinite variations. Each creation is made-to-measure by hand, using recycled cardboard, a cutter, a board and glue... The works are painted with very high-quality and resistant silk matt acrylic paint. ATELIER CARTON NOIR

17 bis, rue Théophile Jean (“Rue des Roues”) 84800 l’Isle sur la Sorgue Please book with Cécile CHAPPUIS +33 (0)6 21 61 81 56 [email protected]

www.carton-noir.com

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WITH METTE AND BENGT SUNDSTROM FROM CHÂTEAU VIGNELAURE Robert Parker on Château Vignelaure: “It’s one of the most emblematic properties not only in Provence but in the whole of France”. Vines have been grown here for 2,000 years. To the East of the vineyard, archaeologists have unearthed a winery dating back to 1 BC, considered as one of the largest in the entire Roman Empire.

Also renowned art dealers and patrons (Lauritz.com), Mette and Bengt regularly assist young artists by offering them a residence at Vignelaure, where they can work and create in exceptional conditions. Mette and Bengt are also pleased to open their doors to journalists! CHÂTEAU VIGNELAURE

The Château gained international renown in the Sixties under the impetus of Georges Brunet. On George’s initiative, the splendid cellars were embellished with a fascinating modern art collection, featuring works by César, Arman and Buffet, together with a magnificent collection of original photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Route de Jouques 83560 Rians +33 (0)4 94 37 21 10

www.vignelaure.com

Today, owners Mette and Bengt Sundstrom, along with the estate’s general manager Philippe Bru, continue to diversify their wine range and sweep up numerous medals (55 % of production is exported to Scandinavia, the US, Japan and China).

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Visits and tours LUBERON

CLASSIC CARS AND UNIQUE LIGHTING… A pleasing blend of art and passion, the “Mathieu Lustrerie” regularly exhibits collections of classic cars advantageously lit by lights of exception… This year, the winter exhibition is on the theme of “Spotlight on enthusiasts who built the racing car of their dreams!”. 14 of the rarest French cars have been brought together at the workshop, lit with the oil, gas, candle and electric lights that have overturned our way of seeing… You can follow the “Mathieu Lustrerie” schedule on Facebook or on their website. MATHIEU MUSEUM Hameau des Sauvans 84400 Gargas +33 (0)4 90 74 92 40

www.mathieulustrerie.com

A MOMENT OUT OF TIME… IN THE LAVENDER FIELDS The family-run “Aroma Plantes” farm opened its Aromatic Bar last July for the summer season. Specializing in organic aromatic and medicinal plants, the distillery is located on Sault plateau - the land of lavender - at an altitude of 800 metres on the slopes of Mont Ventoux. The Aromatic Bar offers visitors a chance to sample products made at the farm, including 100 % organic drinks (don’t miss the “Champagne des Fées” - a lemonade made with aromatic syrup), herbal teas, coffees and spelt crepes. You can also enjoy seeing the distillation process when it’s lavender harvest time. If you want to explore the surrounding countryside and fields bordering the lanes, two signposted itineraries (round trips) are available starting out from the distillery. DISTILLERIE AROMA’PLANTES

Route du Mont Ventoux 84390 Sault +33 (0)4 90 64 04 02 • +33 (0)6 08 95 20 28

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Activities HAUT-VAR

ARLES ORIGINAL

AN INTRODUCTION TO WOOD-TURNING AND SCULPTURE IN AIGUINES

NOVEL! A JAPANESE PAPER WORKSHOP IN LITTLE ROME

Until the Eighties, this village in Haute-Provence was famed for producing the studded wooden balls formerly used to play “boules”. Craft work remains a core activity, and the village will be opening a dedicated museum in 2014 in parallel to the Escoulen wood-turning school. Two additional professional turners, Olivier Logerot and Yann Marot, will be joining the school in 2014.

Paper maker Benoit Dudognon spent a year in Japan learning how to make Japanese paper (Washi). This extraordinary skill is now ranked a UNESCO intangible heritage.

The classes are led by renowned teachers and are open to all comers (groups of 5-6 people maximum). You can opt for a short or long course. The training centre is fitted with 16 lathes. If you would like to combine learning with sightseeing, Aiguines is at the gateway to the Verdon Regional Nature Reserve, offering a plethora of activities such as white water sports (rafting and canyoning), walking, riding and cultural visits (Thoronet Abbey, medieval village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie). ÉCOLE DE TOURNAGE SUR BOIS J.-F. ESCOULEN Allée des Tilleuls 83630 Aiguines +33 (0)4 94 76 55 24

www.escoulen.com

The wonderfully natural aspect of this art inspired Benoit to open a Japanese paper workshop teaching the Nagashizuki technique (when the pulp is run over a sieve) and Tamezuki technique (European method). The main plant used to make Japanese paper is an invasive species and the paper requires a combination of two plants, together with high-quality water. Its quality is judged by its transparency, thickness and resistance. Benoit inaugurated his workshop in Arles in September 2013 and now hosts introductory courses in English, French and Japanese (please book ahead). ATELIER PAPETIER BENOIT DUDOGNON

Show-room : 56 rue Lubières - 13150 Tarascon Atelier : Arles +33 (0)7 50 27 00 81 [email protected]

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AIX - SAINTE-VICTOIRE

HAUTE-PROVENCE

PAUL CÉZANNE LIVES ON WITH HUWANS, A TRAVEL AGENT WITH AN EYE FOR ART!

NEW BODY BALM WORKSHOP AT THE COUVENT DES CORDELIERS

This recently-opened travel agent started out specializing in outgoing travel, but has now decided to branch out to offer visitors a new angle on Provence.

The European University of Scents & Flavours (UESS) in Forcalquier provides degree courses, together with year-round workshops. Various introductory courses are available to the public (adults and children), on the theme of scents and flavours.

With tours including “Land Art” and “Sketches”, led by Aix-born artist Clotilde, this is Sainte Victoire mountain like you’ve never seen it before! Participants get a chance to identify the natural materials used for colour, such as ochre, coal and plant dyes. You can even draw directly on the rocks – a real voyage back into prehistoric times for adults and kids alike! Setting up your easel at this mythical site and expressing yourself with ink, crayons, quills, watercolours or oil pastels, is a truly unique experience. Paul Cezanne’s paintings of Sainte Victoire allowed him to lay the groundwork for Cubism: “Line and colour are not distinct...when colour is at its richest, form takes on its fullest expression.”

A new workshop was instigated in 2013: “Create your own “Baume des Cordeliers” body balm”. The UESS is located at the Couvent des Cordeliers, a magnificent medieval building in the centre of Forcalquier. COUVENT DES CORDELIERS Université des Senteurs et des Saveurs

Impasse du Couvent-Mairie Place du Bourguet 04300 Forcalquier +33 (0)4 92 72 50 68

www.couventdescordeliers.com www.uess.fr

HUWANS PROVENCE CS 30109 - 13322 Marseille Cedex 16 Contact : Caroline Clech +33 (0)4 96 15 10 48

www.huwans-clubaventure.fr

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VENTOUX

LUBERON

MOSAIC ACADEMY: THE ART OF TAKING YOUR TIME

PHOTOGRAPHIC TOURS

Marie-Agnès Jacquet and her team, trained at the Ravenne and Rome schools, don’t just teach techniques, they also introduce you to the history of mosaic work. Marie-Agnès’ academy is located in Crillon-le-Brave, a picturesque village near Avignon and the Luberon, in a Provencal country house amid vineyards and olive groves, near the majestic Mont Ventoux and the Roman town of Vaison-la-Romaine. The Mosaic Academy hosts a range of courses lasting from a half day to 5 days, where you can learn how to copy a mosaic and create your own representation. Classes are held in English/ French or Spanish and are for all levels.

Photographer and Luberon-lover Eric Bouisson and nature guide Fabrice Teurquety have got together to accompany small groups on photographic tours of the Luberon Regional Nature Reserve. The tours focus on both wide-open landscapes and tiny objects such as insects. Fabrice delights in unveiling the secrets of the area’s extraordinarily rich plant and animal life. Price: €25 per person excluding meals.

Plus! Madeleine Montabert, a neighbour of Marie-Agnès, hosts cookery classes in English or French at her magnificent village house.

www.cavaillon-luberon.com

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CAVAILLON-LUBERON TOURIST OFFICE

Place François Tourel - BP 70176 84305 Cavaillon Cedex +33 (0)4 90 71 32 01

www.cookinginprovence.fr MOSAIC ACADEMY 38 chemin des Carrières 84410 Crillon-le-Brave +33 (0)6 81 93 73 19

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Places to stay VENTOUX

HAUT-VAR

RESTORATION OF CHÂTEAU LA ROQUE, A FAVOURITE MEETING PLACE FOR HERITAGE LOVERS

NEW RESORT**** CHÂTEAU DE CAMIOLE IN CALLIAN

Chantal and Jean Tomasino bought up the Château in 2000 and lovingly restored its old stones in respect of its rich history. Many illustrious figures have visited this site, from the Counts of Toulouse to the Popes of Avignon. Additional work is performed every winter to continue to unveil the secrets of this remarkable place.

Situated near Fayence, just a short hop from the magnificent Estérel Hills and around 30 km from Cannes, Château de Camiole is set in 17-acre grounds and offers three types of four-star accommodation, including rooms, 183 apartments ranging from studios to 4 rooms and 18 villas with private pools. The decoration is modern and refined and the setting is enchanting, with views over the surrounding countryside, wooded mountains, vineyards, olive groves and the village.

The Château now offers 5 discreetly luxurious rooms and a gastronomic “table d’hôtes”, complete with an excellent wine menu (over 100 references) paying a fine tribute to the wines of the Rhône valley. Surprise! The heated swimming pool overlooking the site features an astonishing natural pool and balneotherapy room tucked inside a grotto! CHÂTEAU LA ROQUE 263 chemin du château 84210 La Roque Sur Pernes +33 (0)4 90 61 68 77

www.chateaularoque.com

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CHÂTEAU DE CAMIOLE

991 Route de Fayence 83440 Callian +33 (0)4 94 39 54 01

www.mmv.fr

“A VINTAGE WIND BLOWS OVER PROVENCE” TRENDS Whether your preference goes to a moped tour of the Ventoux area (with Terraventoux), or an adventure in a 2CV or Volkswagen camper, slow travel fans have an ever-increasing choice when it comes to getting around. Bargain hunters can pick up a host of treasures at the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s 7 antiques villages, or in the antiques quarter of Marseille (Don’t miss “Le Diable Méridien”, the “UniQ” gallery and the Edmond Rostand hotel). Nostalgia lovers simply must stop off for a drink at the “Café d’Autrefois” in Arles or “Grand Café Uttopia” in Avignon, while the “Nougaterie Boyer” (nougat maker) in Sault and “Pâtisserie Chez Béchard” in Aix are sure to soothe your inner child! While you’re travelling the roads of Provence, be sure to stop off at a “Bistrot de Pays” (in Pierrerue or Sillans-la-Cascade for example). These ancient bistros are part of our living heritage!

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NATURE & GARDENS What do lavender, olive trees, thyme, savory, mimosa and roses have in common?

They are all grown with love and passion in ProvenceAlps-Côte d’Azur! You can admire them out in the countryside, at the regional nature reserves and national parks, or in the region’s extraordinary parks and gardens.

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Encounters... WITH GILLES CLÉMENT AT THE JARDIN DES MÉDITERRANÉES (RAYOL-CANADEL)

WITH FRÉDÉRIC BOUVET, PROVENCE NATURE GUIDE

“The project I’ve been committed to for the last 20 years is about developing ecological management techniques adapted to the Mediterranean in the wider framework of the Global Garden. This is an experimental and educational site, where the Conservatory’s local managers, the site managers (Adora) and gardeners alike have invested their energy with fervour and heightened awareness.” A botanist and landscape gardener, Gilles Clément offers a totally new approach to the art of creating a garden. An attentive and tireless observer of nature throughout the world, he creates gardens according to plant dynamics and biological diversity, taking into account their ceaseless motion in space and time. Rather than considering gardens as museums, where nature is domesticated and plants are presented as collections, he sees them as a living space and place of discovery and enchantment, reconciling the worlds of man and plants. “Taking without impoverishing, consuming without deteriorating, producing without depleting and living without destroying. It can be done.” (Gilles Clément, “Le Jardin Planétaire”).

Frédéric Bouvet grew up in the UK, homeland of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Europe’s largest organization for the protection of plants and animals. So it’s no coincidence that his taste for nature later turned into a passion. Frédéric studied zoology and ornithology and went on to become an advocate of environmental protection. He was unable to live out his passion at the time and instead took up jobs in Paris, London and the US. But an opportunity in the Nineties led him to Saint-Rémy, in Provence, and Frédéric finally stepped into his vocation.

Gilles Clément is a professor at the Versailles National School of Landscape Architecture and has designed numerous public and private gardens. He is also the co-creator of the Jardins Citroën, Quai de Javel in Paris. DOMAINE DU RAYOL

Avenue des Belges 83820 Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer +33 (0)4 98 04 44 00

www.domainedurayol.org

Currently a nature guide in the “Triangle of Biodiversity” (Alpilles La Crau - Camargue), Frédéric is also an active member of the Saint-Rémy Tourist Office, a local councillor and founding member of the “LPO PACA” bird protection league. He looks back with affection on the unusual initiative that led him to throw bridges between tourism and environmental protection: a forerunner of “ecotourism” in France, he initially hosted tours alone, then teamed up with his colleague Christophe Giraud, the co-founder of the Provence nature guides bureau. According to Frédéric, the most emblematic fauna of Provence is its birdlife, with rare species including pink flamingos (which nest in Camargue), eagle owls (whose wing span can reach up to 1.7 metres) and steppe birds such as the lesser kestrel (to name but one), together with dragonflies, reptiles, amphibians and beavers… Frédéric always treats participants to a close-up peek though his telescope, so they can “enter into another world”. You can meet him all year round or at the “Nuit de la Chouette” (owl night), held every other year on the 3rd Saturday of March! Frédéric BOUVET +33 (0)6 20 70 09 61

www.guide-nature.fr

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Visits and tours ARLES - CAMARGUE

ROUSSILLON

REOPENING OF THE “MUSÉE DE LA CAMARGUE” MUSEUM

JUST OUT: THE OCHRE QUARRIES IN A HORSE AND CARRIAGE WITH PROVENCE HIPPO SERVICES

The “Musée de la Camargue” reopened its doors on November 2nd, 2013 after year-long renovation work. This delightful museum aims to offer visitors an introduction to their stay in the Camargue Regional Nature Reserve. You can listen to a host of information on the local fauna, flora and the men who have carved the land through fun “bull horns”. A giant touchscreen allows you to view a map of the Delta and navigate in space and time. Camargue’s various natural environments are represented using 3D photos and mock-ups.

NEW The geology of the Vaucluse area has gifted the soil of Roussillon and its vicinity with a symphony of oranges, reds and yellows, contrasting with the emerald of the pine trees and the blue of the skies… This natural treasure is at the origin of many activities, such as painting, decorating, pottery and building. It has also sparked many walking and sightseeing itineraries.

You can round off your museum tour with a 3.5 km stroll through the lovely Mas du Pont de Rousty site, with its modern farming activities, crops, pastures, wetlands, reed beds and traditional cottages. The walk is interspersed with information panels, observatories and learning centres. A wooden observatory built in February 2013 by Tadashi Kawamata allows you to view the surrounding rice fields, wetlands, reed beds and salt flats from a height.

Olivier criss-crosses these ochre hills in a horse and carriage. He speaks 4 languages (French, English, Spanish and Portuguese) and simply loves sharing his knowledge of the history of ochre and the local geology, flora and fauna with the visitors he accompanies on his 2-hour or day excursions. Formed in March 2013, Provence Hippo Services also hosts a variety of other tours, such as vineyard visits in autumn or lavender fields tours in summer.

MUSÉE DE LA CAMARGUE Mas du Pont de Rousty 13200 Arles +33 (0)4 90 97 10 82

The carriage is covered in winter and passengers are treated to “pads” (like the blankets used on sledges) to keep them cosy! For individuals or groups. Groups of up to 21 people (please book ahead).

www.parc-camargue.fr

PROVENCE HIPPO SERVICES

Domaine de la Séoule - Les Bassaquets 84490 Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt +33 (0)7 81 18 98 78

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LUBERON OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

HAUTE-PROVENCE

THE MAGIC OF THE LAURIS DYE PLANTS

A ROCK GARDEN AT VALSAINTES ABBEY

As their name suggests, dye plants are used to prepare colourings and dyes. Used by man since ancient time to dye clothes, they virtually disappeared from the early 20th century onwards, when chemical dyes first appeared.

This magnificent rock garden is set at the foot of a sandstone rock, overlooking the Abbey’s historic site. The shallow and very dry soil here is ideal for growing around 300 of the region’s endemic species, such as lavender, savory, thyme and curry plants.

The “Jardin des Plantes de Lauris” is committed to rehabilitating these plant species, which remain an important part of our biodiversity and craft heritage. The garden hosts classes and tours in French and English for visitors keen to get an insight into natural dyes. LE JARDIN DES PLANTES TINCTORIALES DE LAURIS Maison Aubert - La Calade 84360 Lauris +33 (0)4 90 08 40 48

www.couleur-garance.com

Perched at an altitude of 600 metres, at the centre of a vast natural basin called the “Valley of Absinth”, stands the Cistercian abbey of Valsaintes, where monks lived from the 12th century up until the French Revolution. The abbey is bordered by a very special garden, awarded the “Remarkable Garden” title by the French Ministry of Culture. The ancient, dry stone terraces overflow with a rich variety of plant life, topped with a breathtaking collection of 500 rose varieties. Gardening techniques are 100 % natural here. And to crown it all, the team decided to plant a “Rose Route” in November 2013, dedicated to the chronological history of this emblematic flower. Just as a reminder, roses flower in France from April and are at their best from late May to mid-June. ABBAYE DE VALSAINTES

Route de Cadenet, Chemin du Mont Senis 84160 Vaugines +33 (0)4 90 68 15 59

www.valsaintes.org

TAKE NOTE! For rose and gardening fans: Avignon will be hosting the 10th edition of “Altera Rosa” from May 29th to June 10th, backed by the French rose association.

www.alterarosa.com

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A MOMENT OUT OF TIME...

BETWEEN NEW ZEALAND, CALIFORNIA AND CHILE

BETWEEN THE MIDDLE AGES AND MODERN DAY

This magical site, a blend of gardens from New Zealand, California and Chile, is a wonderful place for resting, relaxing and getting away from it all. You can also enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at the “Café des Jardiniers”, serving filling organic, seasonal dishes concocted by Chef Christophe Pinel. The Café offers a fitting reflection of the philosophy of Domaine du Rayol and the Global Garden, as explained by Gilles Clément (see portrait section).

The renown of this garden has already stepped way beyond the frontiers of France. Boasting an impressive 1,700 plant species and 5 thematic gardens (fragrance garden, medieval garden, noria garden, modern garden and garden of simple and medicinal plants). Ranked a “Remarkable Garden”, Salagon is a jewel of aesthetic creation, together with an educational tool and a conservation and heritage site.

DOMAINE DU RAYOL

Tables are available in the gardens for picnicking under the veteran oak trees.

Avenue des Belges 83820 Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer +33 (0)4 98 04 44 00

www.domainedurayol.org

Salagon added another string to its bow in 2013 with the creation of a meadow of aromatic and wild flowers representing the main varieties found in Haute-Provence. You can also opt for an evening tour of the fragrance garden (Jardin de senteurs). These two projects were brought to life in conjunction with L’Occitane en Provence, a long-time partner to the museum. SALAGON MUSÉE ET JARDINS

04300 Mane +33 (0)4 92 75 70 50

www.musee-de-salagon.com

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Activities VERDON

LUBERON

A NOVEL ENCOUNTER BETWEEN A CANOE AND A TRUFFLE!

SUN-E-BIKE, A DELIGHTFUL INITIATIVE AND A GROWING NETWORK

JUST OUT Did you know that two-thirds of black truffles or “Tuber Melanosporum” come from France? And that 80 % of French production comes from Provence?! This natural treasure inspired canoeing instructor Gaëtan Hemery to create a whole new excursion: a kayak tour of the Verdon Canyon complete with a truffle aperitif! At the end of the excursion, a truffle grower presents his trade and participants enjoy a picnic of local produce - complete with truffles of course! You can opt for this activity in English or French. It met with a resounding success when it was launched in summer 2013. BEES CANOË KAYAK Gaëtan HEMERY +33 (0)6 77 08 68 42

www.canoe-verdon.com

Sun-e-Bike rents out electric bikes for one or several days to allow you to discover the Alpilles area and Luberon in the very in-vogue Slow Travel mode... Their 200 electric bikes are available from the villages of Bonnieux and Saint-Rémy de Provence. The carefully-studied itineraries cross footpaths, tracks and cycle paths rather than major roads. Thanks to a partner network, you can swap your battery easily when its 35 km autonomy comes to an end. SUN-E-BIKE

1 avenue Clovis Hugues 84480 Bonnieux +33 (0)4 90 74 09 96

35 avenue de la Libération 13120 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence +33 (0)4 32 62 08 39 [email protected]

www.sun-e-bike.com Grégory PÉDOYA

Truffle grower +33 (0)6 05 00 23 49

www.augredesquatresaisons.fr

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DIGNE-LES-BAINS

NEW ASSOCIATION “L’ART EN CHEMIN” TO LEARN ABOUT ANDY GOLDSWORTHY’S LAND ART

If you’re lingering in the area, don’t miss a stay at “La Bonne Etape”. This four-star Relais & Château establishment runs wine appreciation and cookery classes hosted by star-rated and very creative chef Jany Gleize. His “Surprise” Sunday evening menus are a genuine antidote for the blues for just €49 including wine and coffee!

17 travel professionals, including guides and hoteliers, have taken part in the “Refuge d’Art” initiative, aimed at promoting their activities and the local area through the itinerary created and installed by British land artist Andy Goldsworthy and various other artists.

VAL DE DURANCE TOURIST OFFICE

This initiative sprang from the vast collection of works placed in various locations in the countryside by the Musée Gassendi museum. In the last fifteen years or so, Haute-Provence has become a creative hub for many contemporary artists and in particular Andy Goldsworthy, who wanted to instigate a project in the area combining modern art, walking and heritage: the “Refuge d’Art”. Original and world-unique, this contemporary art collection is now an integral part of the very special identity of the Digne area.

HÔTEL-RESTAURANT LA BONNE ETAPE

The association was formed to facilitate the organization of modern art tourism and discovery days in and around the Digne area. L’ART EN CHEMIN

Le Vieil Aiglun - 04510 Aiglun +33 (0)4 92 34 67 00 l’art en chemin

HAUTE-PROVENCE

TAKE TO THE AIR IN A GLIDER

Ferme de Font-Robert Avenue de la Bastide - 04160 Château-Arnoux +33 (0)4 92 64 02 64

www.valdedurance-tourisme.com Chemin du lac 04160 Château Arnoux +33 (0)4 92 64 00 09

www.bonneetape.com

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50 DIVE SITES RANKED ACCORDING TO THEIR DIFFICULTY AND INTEREST The new scuba diving map published by the “Agence Départementale du Var” lists an impressive 50 dive sites, together with their level of difficulty. The region’s underwater relief offers up many subsea caves and wrecks at all depths and for all levels of divers. The local diving clubs provide top-level gear and instruction from April to November for divers keen to visit these remarkable sites. DOWNLOADABLE AT

www.visitvar.fr/provence-cote-azur/telecharger.aspx

JUST OUT From February 15th to November 15th, the Tourist Office and National Gliding Centre host discovery tours of Durance Valley in a two-seater towed glider and flights over Lure Mountain, Jabron Valley, the Verdon Canyon and Digne area in a motorized glider. Excursions start out from the little airfield of Saint-Auban. Price €70 to €100 including insurance.

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Places to stay STUDY THE MEDITERRANEAN’S MARINE MAMMALS OFF THE BEATEN TRACK How about a week’s break in July and August studying the impact of maritime traffic on marine mammals and the evolution of Mediterranean marine biodiversity? Starting out from the Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur region, you will sail to the Pelagos sanctuary – a protected maritime zone stretching from Giens Peninsula to the South of Tuscany and North of Sardinia. You will cross the path of species such as fin whales, sperm whales and dolphins and contribute to their environmental monitoring and quantification.

www.cybelle-planete.org

A FOUR-STAR BOOT CAMP! Dolce Frégate Provence has got together with the talented BootCamp France to offer its business and individual clients a beefed up break using tried and tested military methods… This highly original product, including day and evening activities, is meeting ever-increasing demand. The pace is fast - the Boot Camp can also be used for losing weight when combined with special, low-calorie meals - but the rooms are so comfortable you’re at least sure to get a good night’s sleep!

HÔTEL DOLCE FRÉGATE**** Lieu dit Frégate, Route de Bandol Golf de Dolce Frégate Provence 83270 Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer +33 (0)4 94 29 38 30

www.dolcefregate.fr

FORCALQUIER

MAS DE FONTEFIGUIÈRES, FOR STARGAZING UNDER SOME OF EUROPE’S CLEAREST SKIES A NEW ESTABLISHMENT Featuring 15 rooms and suites and hosting a plethora of activities to favour rest, relaxation and wellness, this establishment is fronted by Laurence and Philippe de Fontefiguières. Set right out in the countryside for optimal fresh air, “Mas de Fontefiguières” is reserved for adults (no children under the age of 16) and hosts special “Evasion” breaks designed to get you back on top of the world, with activities including aqua biking, fitness, gym, stretching, tennis, beach volleyball and mountain biking, together with meals and snacks (excluding evening meals). What’s more, an open-air sleeping area has been installed on the estate for stargazing!

BOOT CAMP FRANCE Françoise Fourneau : [email protected] 1460 route de Grasse 06600 ANTIBES +33 (0)9 53 32 77 58

www.boot-camp-france.com

HAUTE-PROVENCE

COUVENT DES MINIMES HOTEL & SPA***** REOPENING EASTER 2014 The “Couvent des Minimes” has launched an additional phase of work on its terraces, restaurant and reception areas, designed to create a whole new atmosphere. Reopening on Easter weekend 2014.

MAS DE FONTEGUIÈRES

COUVENT DES MINIMES HÔTEL ET SPA*****

Campagne des Dragons - Ancienne Route de Dauphin 04300 Forcalquier

Rue les Jeux - 04300 Mane

www.hotel-luberon-ecolodge.com

www.couventdesminimes-hotelspa.com

+33 (0)4 92 74 77 77

If you really want to get familiar with the night skies, nothing beats coupling this break with the excursions and evenings hosted by Christophe Delahaye. This dynamic and inquisitive guide simply loves telling stories and has a genuine talent for sharing his love of astronomy.

Christophe DELAHAYE - Mountain Guide +33 (0)4 92 79 17 23

www.fugues-alpes-provence.com

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A MOUNTAIN ATMOSPHERE JUST 2 HOURS’ DRIVE FROM THE MED From the little village resorts to the larger ski domains, the Southern Alps summits are laden with snow from December to April. Located within very easy reach of the coast and Provence, this is a great opportunity to get yet another breath of fresh air - topped with 300 days of sunshine every year!

BIG RESORTS SERRE-CHEVALIER VALLÉE

2 NEW FOUR-STAR HOTELS With its 250 km of ski slopes, Serre-Chevalier is one of Europe’s biggest ski domains. 2 hotels have opened (or reopened) in the resort for the 20132014 season. LE ROCK NOIR**** This new boutique hotel located in the centre of the village of La Salle les Alpes, at the foot of the slopes, combines authenticity and contemporary design. The 32 rooms and suites offer views over the mountain. Guests also enjoy 2 restaurants: the mountain-style “1484” and the “Rock&Sushi”, plus a spa with indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and massage cabin.

RENOVATED GRAND AIGLE HÔTEL & SPA**** Reopened in December 2013 after a top-to-toe refurbishment and has now upped its ranking to four stars. Bought up by the Maranatha group, its atmosphere is cosy and modern, in harmony with the original building built in 1746. Amenities include 62 rooms and suites, a restaurant, “Pure Altitude” spa and children’s games area. MONTGENÈVRE

2 MAJOR SITES ARE OPENING IN 2014 THE DURANCIA RECREATIONAL BALNOETHERAPY CENTRE Is scheduled to open in April 2014. Covering 3,600 sq. metres, the building comprises 8 thematic areas: a recreational pool, counter-current pool, salt water pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, outdoor pool and treatment area. Guests also enjoy a restaurant and lounge bar.

LE NAPOLÉON Ideally located in the centre of Montgenèvre, facing the slopes, this establishment offers a heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, fitness room, spa & beauty centre and indoor car park. GOOD TIP! Don’t miss the welcome drink at the municipal hall on the Sunday - you might just win a free ride on a snow groomer!

VILLAGE RESORTS NEW FIVE-STAR GITE AT A MOUNTAIN CHALET LE SAUZE Owned by Jean-Louis Lewandoski, the five-star “Les Marmottes” chalet, set at an altitude of 1,450 metres in Ubaye valley near the resort of Le Sauze, is available for the 2013/2014 winter season!

www.lechaletdesmarmottes.com GOURMET ADDRESSES A 100% ALPINE BEER AT THE “BRASSERIE D’ANCELLE” Chemical engineer Valérie Batton and geography expert Olivier Capiau both originate from Belgium and love beer! They set up home in the region over a decade ago and began brewing high-quality white beers, lagers and ales in December 2012. The “Brasserie d’Ancelle” is situated in the village centre in an ancient, renovated farm. You can savour the beers out on the terrace, offering panoramic views over the slopes. Montée du Pied de Ville 05260 Ancelle +33 (0)4 92 52 31 62

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URBAN CULTURE & HERITAGE France’s oldest town is right here in Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur - Marseille!

projects have embellished Marseille. Art and culture

The entire region is strongly marked by the passage

largest), the Arles international photo festival and Aix

of Europe’s ancient civilizations, with many Roman

opera festival. On the museum side, don’t miss the

monuments in Arles, Orange and Vaison, medieval

new MuCEM in Marseille - France’s only national

buildings in Avignon and Renaissance architecture in

museum outside Paris.

are everywhere in these towns, with such exciting events as the Avignon theatre festival (the world’s

Aix. More recently, many contemporary architectural

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Encounters... WITH ANGELIN PRELJOCAJ The artistic director of the Ballet Preljocaj, based at the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence since October 2006, Angelin Preljocaj created his own troupe 30 years back, in December 1984. Since then, he has choreographed 47 performances, from solos to major ballets. Angelin Preljocaj regularly gets together with fellow artists and his work is commissioned by troupes throughout the world, including the Staatsoper in Berlin, New York City Ballet and National Opera Ballet in Paris. He has directed several short films and features, including the advertising film “L’Envol” created for Air France in 2011. Currently comprising 26 full-time dancers, the Ballet Preljocaj has been based at the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence since October 2006 – a site created by Rudy Ricciotti and qualified by the artist as “an iron and concrete armour on a skin of glass”. The venue is entirely dedicated to dance and you can attend the public rehearsals, meet with the dancers after certain shows and take part in the “open studio”, when the public is invited into the workspace of a resident choreographer. Last but not least, guided tours are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays - a great opportunity to get a close-up view of this amazing architectural feat, revisit the history of the Ballet Preljocaj and find out how a National Choreography Centre works. BALLET PRELJOCAJ - PAVILLON NOIR

530 Avenue Mozart 13627 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1 +33 (0)4 42 93 48 00

www.preljocaj.org

WITH RUDY RICCIOTTI Awarded the National Architecture Prize for the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence in 2006, architect Rudy Ricciotti was also guest of honour at the MuCEM (National Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations) inauguration in 2013. Ricciotti is proud of his work - and so he should be: this hi-tech concrete construction, with its ornamental, light-diffusing veil, is truly astonishing.

Based in Bandol and the son of a builder, Rudy always had an eye for contemporary design. He worked with the Lafarge engineers at their research centre to revitalize the dull reputation of concrete and put his expertise at the service of urban planning. The author of various striking constructions in France, he has now earned international acclaim, with achievements such as the Peace Bridge in Seoul, the Nikolaisaal in Potsdam, Germany, the Festival Palace in Venice, Liege Contemporary Art Museum and Philharmonie in Gstaad. He studied at the National School of Architecture in Marseille over 30 years ago. He asserts that Marseille is a brave, enigmatic and little-known city, rather like Goya’s “Giant” (interview of June 2013). AGENCE RUDY RICCIOTTI

17, bd Victor-Hugo - 83150 Bandol

www.rudyricciotti.com

WITH MARISTELLA, 4TH GENERATION OF CRISTAL LIMIÑANA Cristal Limiñana, a 100% family-run and 100% pure Marseille firm! The CRISTAL ANIS aniseed drink was invented in 1884 by the Limiñana brothers. Manuel and Pascual left their Spanish homeland to escape the sweeping economic crisis and joined their uncle in Algiers. But they missed “La Paloma” the very refreshing aniseed drink from their country-, so they decided to reinvent it, so that all the Spanish people in Algeria at the time could enjoy it! The drink went on to become immensely popular with all of the local communities. Manuel Limiñana arrived in France in 1962, after Algeria became independent, and built a new factory in Marseille. Handed down from father to daughter, the firm is still 100 % family-run. Today, this Marseille-based business is run by the 4th generation, in the shape of Maristella. Anisette is served mixed with cold water and can be drunk at any time. It contains no liquorice or colouring and its aniseed taste is appreciated throughout Europe. MARISTELLA VASSEROT +33 (0)4 91 47 66 72

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Visits and tours MARSEILLE

ARLES

A NEW CONCEPT IN THE WINE WORLD: “MICROCOSMOS CHAI URBAIN”

A WIND OF CHANGE AT THE CULTURAL CENTRES

Microcosmos means “little world” in Greek - the perfect name for France’s first urban winery. This project also pays tribute to the Greeks, who introduced vines into France via Provence 2,600 years ago. Fittingly located in Marseille’s historic Panier quarter, “Microcosmos Chai Urbain” is now up and ready to produce the city’s very first wine!

MUSÉE DE L’ARLES ANTIQUE In November 2013, the “Musée Départemental de l’Arles Antique” Roman museum opened its new 800 sq. metre wing to the public as the backdrop for an extraordinary Roman barge unearthed in the Rhône River in 2010. This 31-metre, flat-bottomed boat is the best-preserved example of its kind in the entire world. The barge is presented in a speciallydesigned channel, with its mast raised and its cargo of stones and various objects. The Arles-Rhône 3 barge is now ranked a “national treasure”.

It was Fabienne Vollmy, a teacher and fervent oenology lover, who first came up with the idea. At 39 years old, she decided to change her life around and go back to school. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Oenology in Montpellier, she trained at the vineyards of Bandol, Roussillon and Saint-Tropez. She has a soft spot for rosé wines, which she refers to as “the reputation of Provence”. In March 2013, she set up home in the Panier quarter to bring her project to life, shouldered by her husband Lukas. The Microcosmos principle is simple: one plot, one grape variety and one bottle. The grapes are harvested in the Var and Vaucluse areas, on plots that are hard to access and unprofitable for the wine growers. However, these very grapes are manna from heaven for Fabienne and Lukas Vollmy - and their customers too! The wine is then produced at the Marseille winery. As Marseille is not an “appellation”, the Microcosmos wines all have first names. For example, Roxane is a delicate, floral white, reminiscent of Cyrano de Bergerac’s blonde, elegant and intelligent heroine. Every vintage is unique and you won’t come across Roxane, Marvin or Anti-Matter again next year… But you will discover some other surprises! MICROCOSMOS CHAI URBAIN +33 (0)6 87 15 60 98

www.microcosmoschaiurbain.com

FONDATION VAN GOGH Featuring 1,000 sq. metres of exhibition space set on two levels, the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation will be opening its doors on April 7th at the Hôtel Léautaud de Donines. The Foundation aims to provide a dynamic tribute to the unbreakable ties linking Van Gogh and Arles, together with a space dedicated to discussions and debates on the themes of art and current painting trends. The inauguration will be heralding a new Van Gogh exhibition entitled “Colours of the North, Colours of the South”, with around 10 original works by Van Gogh, together with paintings by artists who played an important role in his life and work. The exhibition runs until August 31st, 2014.

COMING SOON “PARC DES ATELIERS” AT THE FONDATION LUMA The Foundation President and “Parc des Ateliers” owner Maja Hoffmann called on architect Franck Gehry to design a 56 metre-high tower (same height as the Leaning Tower of Pisa) overlaid with steel. This new construction will form the centrepiece of the site, featuring exhibition rooms, artists’ residences and a restaurant. The work kicked off in January 2014 and is scheduled to last for 4 years. INFORMATION ARLES TOURIST OFFICE

12, boulevard Emile Zola - 13200 Arles Francine RIOU Assistant Director +33 (0)4 90 18 41 24 [email protected]

www.arlestourisme.com

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SPOTLIGHT ON 3 ITINERARIES BLENDING SPIRITUALITY AND HISTORY NEW LAYOUT FOR THE “WAY OF SAINT-JAMES” ITINERARY

COASTAL PATH RUNNING FROM ROME TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA IN SPAIN VIA ARLES

MOUNTAIN ROUTE “THE VIA ALTA”, RUNNING FROM ROME TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA IN SPAIN VIA ARLES

In 2013, after 12 years of work, the association “Les Chemins de Compostelle”, based in Provence-AlpsCôte d’Azur, inaugurated a long-distance footpath linking Menton and Arles, forming part of the Way of Saint James, starting out from Rome. The GR653A has been approved and signposted by the French Walking Federation.

More than just a road a political, religious, commercial and military tool? The Via Alta, running from Vercelli in the Province of Turin to Arles in Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur, stands witness to Europe’s tumultuous history and invites walkers and hikers to enjoy a genuine voyage back in time.

Not to be missed along the way: Fréjus Cathedral, Chapel at Domaine Sainte-Roseline, Thoronet Abbey (Cistercian abbey), Basilica at Saint-Maximin, Saint Mary Magdalene’s Grotto in Nans-les-Pins.

The route offers a fascinating insight into the Via’s former influence in terms of politics, religion, trade and military power. This voyage between France and Italy is a wonderful plunge into history, art, nature and culture. Not to be missed along the way: Avignon, the City of Popes, the Luberon, the treasures of Durance and Susa valleys, Montgenèvre mountain pass and the Alps up to Piedmont and Turin!

www.via-alta.fr

THE JEWISH HERITAGE ROUTE IN PROVENCE The Regional Tourist Board has published a brochure on Provence’s Jewish heritage in parallel to journalist Jules Farber’s book entitled “The Pope’s Jews in Provence”. This memorial itinerary between Mont Ventoux, Avignon and Marseille spans 13 towns and villages of Provence.

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OUR PICK OF CAFÉS FOR A MOMENT OUT OF TIME... MARSEILLE

LE CAFÉ BORELY Set away from the main roads, Parc Borély is the city’s most-visited park. A popular meeting place for the locals, it also became the venue for the Museum of Decorative Arts, Earthenware and Fashion (Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode) in June 2013. At the helm of Café Borély, Ariel Lorin enjoys sharing her culinary philosophy of devotion to fresh produce. An advocate of environmentally-friendly growing techniques, Café Borély only uses produce from local farms and producers. You can enjoy home-made fare at lunchtimes, with treats including bagels, soups and grilled vegetables… The café comprises two minimalistic, canteen-style rooms. The tree-filled terrace is adorned with a magnificent fountain. The café also serves excellent home-made pastries for afternoon tea, together with 100% natural drinks. CAFÉ BORÉLY

134 avenue Clot-Bey - 13008 Marseille +33 (0)4 91 22 46 87

www.cafeborely.fr

AVIGNON

CAMILI BOOKS AND TEA AVIGNON This peaceful venue features an inner courtyard, offering welcoming shade in the summer months. An authentic haven of peace inside the walls of Avignon, it serves an extensive selection of teas from the world over, coupled with fair trade and organic coffee from Peru. Gourmets will also love the 100% organic snacks and pastries.

AVIGNON

METROPOLITAN RESTAURANT IN THE COLLECTION LAMBERT MUSEUM COURTYARD Welcoming hungry visitors during museum opening times, the METropolitan is a friendly and welcoming restaurant, occupying a whole area of the courtyard and shaded by veteran plane trees. The furniture was specially designed by Andrée Putman, and young Chef Olivier Laplaud never fails to delight with his daringly creative dishes concocted with fresh, local produce.

CAVAILLON

A RUSTIC ATMOSPHERE AT THE “FIN DE SIÈCLE” CAFÉ Now a listed monument, this café was built in 1899 and still sports its original decor. Located on the square, where fruit and vegetables were sold in days gone by, it was a former trading centre for farmers. If you want to know more about the history of the town, the Tourist Office hosts visits to local farmers for small groups, starting out from the café. Throughout the year, you can enjoy a guided tour of their fields and an insight into melon growing (the town’s star product) and other seasonal produce. Price: €3 per person excluding meals. CAVAILLON-LUBERON TOURIST OFFICE +33 (0)4 90 71 32 01

www.cavaillon-luberon.com CAFÉ LE FIN DE SIÈCLE

42 Place du Clos - 84300 Cavaillon +33 (0)4 90 78 03 11

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Activities MARSEILLE

LA GRANDE SAVONNERIE LAUNCHES A CREATIVE WORKSHOP “La Grande Savonnerie” has now launched its first Creative Workshop in Marseille. These innovative classes, hosted by master soap makers and cosmetics experts, teach you how to make your own soap, day cream, washing powder, washing up liquid or toothpaste! Founded in 2010, La Grande Savonnerie rapidly became the leading online supplier of Savon de Marseille soap and natural cosmetics. This innovative firm is also highly attached to the history of Savon de Marseille and is invested in the “Let’s save the soap factory” campaign to safeguard the soap’s original, pure recipe. LA GRANDE SAVONNERIE

36 Grand Rue - 13002 Marseille +33 (0)6 29 97 51 92

www.lagrandesavonnerie.com

AVIGNON

LES FÉES MÈRES TEMPORARY RESTAURANT AND CULINARY WORKSHOPS

Tucked away in a quiet street, “La Maison des Fogasses” is within very easy walking distance of all of the city’s treasures. Culinary workshops and gastronomic mornings are held on site by resident or guest chefs, with produce courtesy of small, local producers. The private restaurant opens on request (12 to 30 covers). The “Les Fées Mères” temporary restaurant opens in July and December. “La Maison de Fogasses” also hosts coffee, chocolate and pastry tasting sessions for up to 12 guests. LA MAISON DE FOGASSES

37, rue des Fourbisseurs +33 (0)4 90 87 25 02 • +33 (0)6 63 80 03 37

www.maison-de-fogasses.com

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CHOCOLATE TASTING WORKSHOPS WITH ALINE GÉHANT Winner of the “2011 Young Talent” prize at the “Salon du Chocolat” fair in Paris, Aline makes home-made chocolate at her workshop, set just at the back of the shop. She also hosts tasting workshops for adults and chocolate workshops for kids. CHOCOLATIÈRE ALICE GÉHANT

15, rue des trois Faucons +33 (0)4 90 02 27 21

www.aline-gehant-chocolatier.com

Set in a 16th-century mansion house, these 3 cosy and tastefully-decorated apartments promise a charming stay in the city centre. “La Maison de Fogasses” is a place of many facets - one could even say a touch surrealistic -, combining holiday apartments, a showroom, exhibitions, culinary workshops , craft workshops and a temporary restaurant in July and December...

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Places to stay ARLES

THE HÔTEL JULES CÉSAR GETS A FACELIFT! Restyled by Arles-born fashion and interior designer Christian Lacroix, this four-star establishment - a former favourite meeting place for bullfighting aficionados such as Picasso will be reopening in April 2014. Sporting its original roughcast frontage, the hotel and restaurant now open fully onto Boulevard des Lices. The stylish, fuss-free rooms pay tribute to Camargue or Provence. Minimalistic decors evoke the landscapes of Camargue, while warmer shades conjure up the atmosphere of Provence. The cloister sports a monochrome green and blue motif, signed by Christian Lacroix.

The former breakfast room is now a homely living area, complete with Camargue hunting trophies. The decor incorporates a mural and the original windows remain, but are now framed in white. Coming soon: A spa in the ancient inner courtyard.

HÔTEL JULES CESAR****

9, boulevard des Lices - 13200 Arles +33 (0)4 90 52 52 52

www.hotel-julescesar.fr

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