Cocteau Chapel
Artists Inspired by ProvenceGuest PostInspire: Art & Culture

Master Artists Influence on the French Riviera

The South of France has long attracted artists and creative types who were inspired by the natural beauty. Vincent Van Gogh followed his dream to Arles. Paul Cézanne returned to his beloved Aix-en-Provence after time spent in Paris. Paul Gaughin accepted Van Gogh’s invitation to head south and participate in …

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Spring Events in Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Spring Events in Provence Discover What’s On 2021

Spring Events in Provence Spring in Provence is lovely. As is the case with most of the year, the sun shines brightly, but expect the odd rainstorm. Moisture in this period is critical for the grapes, olives, and almonds to start their growing cycles. In March and April, expect to …

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Picasso 2018 Carrières de Lumières
AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceInspire: Art & Culture

Carrières de Lumières 2021 Program and Updates

Carrières de Lumières, the former quarry now a centre for immersive art displays, has announced its theme for 2021, and it’s one that should prove popular with the Aixois. The 2021 show, at Les Baux de Provence, will be a celebration of the work of Paul Cezanne. This show’s design …

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Villa E-1027 Cap Moderne
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensInspire: Art & Culture

Modern Architecture Meets Mediterranean at Cap Moderne

Bordered by Monaco and Menton, the communities of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin occupy an enviable spot on the French Riviera. Wedged between the sparkling Mediterranean and the Alpes-Maritimes, there is no doubt why crowds flock to the Côte d’Azur for their holidays. Although not undiscovered in the late 1920s, the area was the …

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AixcentricBooks on ProvenceInspire: Art & Culture

Crime Novels Set in Aix-en-Provence

An Aixcentric follower yesterday prompted me to remind everyone of a series of crime novels set in Aix-en-Provence and beyond.  She had spent time in town recently on holiday and loved reading fiction set in places newly familiar.  For all those who aren’t in Provence right now but would like …

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Win a Rose et Marius Valentines Gift Box
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Enter to Win a Rose et Marius Gift for Valentine’s

Just in time for Valentine’s 2021, we have a gift box from our partner Rose et Marius in Aix-en-Provence for one lucky winner. The brand specializes in exclusive perfumes inspired by nature and childhood memories. We will pick a winner via a random draw on February 13, 2021. Rose et Marius gift …

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Afternoon Château La Coste
Artists Inspired by ProvenceInspire: Art & CultureMirabeau Wines

Spend an afternoon at Château La Coste

After leaving Aix-en-Provence and its busy neighbourhoods, the winding road descends through a forest of pine trees and cork-oaks. After a 15km drive, at the bottom of a small valley, the eye catches a glimpse of metallic silver reflections. You have arrived at Château La Coste. Impressive concrete gates (from superstar …

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Jas de Bouffan Cezanne
AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceInspire: Art & Culture

Jas de Bouffan Paul Cezanne’s Family Home in Aix

As Aixcentric followers will know, the 18th-century country house, Jas de Bouffan, which was home to the Cezanne family for 40 years, was closed over a year ago for renovation.  I went in for a visit on its last day of opening, and my goodness, it needed renovation: think cold, …

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Raina Stinson Photography peonies phone case
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

February Giveaway: Phone Case by Raina Stinson

Raina Stinson Photography Raina Stinson took a leap of faith and made a complete lifestyle change. In 2018, she swapped the US West Coast for a tiny village in the Luberon Valley. It was a cold February day when Raina arrived in the hamlet of Goult and to her new …

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Villa Benkemoun Architecture Arles © Serge Benkemoun
French Decor & GardensInspire: Art & CultureKeith Van Sickle

Villa Benkemoun Swirling 70s Architecture in Arles

Just four kilometres from the center of Arles sits the Villa Benkemoun, a magnificent estate designed by a disciple of the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Visiting it is like stepping back in time. The villa was the brainchild of Simone and Pierre Benkemoun, a couple that moved from Algeria …

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