Château de Saumane interiors
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Touring Mysterious Château de Saumane in the Vaucluse

Until recently the village of Saumane, in the Vaucluse, was not on many tourist’s itineraries and the town’s residents probably liked it that way. After four years of restoration work and a large budget, the hilltop Château de Saumane has opened for public visits during summer months. Writer, philosopher, political …

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Mary Magdalene
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Is This the Face of Mary Magdalene?

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: As most of you living in and around Aix will know, the region has long been associated with Mary Magdalene the companion of Jesus who, according to legend, was driven out of Palestine during early Christian persecutions. She was expelled together with other saints in a …

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War Memorial Provence Vaucluse
Explore: Travel in ProvenceJulie WhitmarshProvencal History & Traditions

A War Memorial amongst the Lavender Fields in the Vaucluse

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Back in the Summer we spent some time exploring the pretty village of Simiane-La-Rotonde, a few miles away from us in the neighbouring Department of Alpes de Haute Provence. Whilst we were there we noticed the names of five (5) English Airmen had been added …

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Aigues-Mortes Rempart Gateway @Bfblogger2015
Barefoot BloggerExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & TraditionsRoad Trips South of France

Inside Aigues-Mortes Walls: History, Torture and Transformation

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: There are hardly more historically significant towns in France than Aigues-Mortes. Within the walled city, legends and facts reveal a rich history of conquering heroes and suffering martyrs. Today the place has transformed into a popular destination for travelers, filled with souvenir shops and …

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Tarascon Castle Provence
Explore: Travel in ProvenceGinger and NutmegProvencal History & Traditions

Reasons to Visit Tarascon a Castle and Legend of a Monster in Provence

Previously posted on Ginger & Nutmeg: The Heart of Darkness or Niger Focus (later Nerluc) might have been an appropriate name for the hamlet located on the shores of a murky, swampy river. The muddy, opaque waters fueled rumours cultivating the nightmares of residents who asked was the beast: A huge …

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Provence Christmas Story
Explore: Travel in ProvenceMargo LestzProvencal History & Traditions

The Provence Christmas Story a Tale of the Santons

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: You may know the traditional Biblical Christmas story, but in Provence, there is a bit more to it. The Provence Christmas story is told in a Nativity play called a pastorale. It incorporates the main details of the traditional Nativity but sets it in a …

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Santons of Provence @MirabeauWine
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What is the History Behind the Santons of Provence

Contributor blog post by Mirabeau Wine: Sir Francis of Assisi established the tradition of nativity scenes in 1223 with live enactments by people and animals during the midnight mass on Christmas eve in his church of Greccio, Italy. The tradition halted after the French Revolution, when many churches were closed. …

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Legend Roussillon Ochre Cliffs Luberon
Explore: Travel in ProvenceJulie WhitmarshProvencal History & Traditions

The Legend of Roussillon – a tale of illicit love and a tragic end! 

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Yesterday morning I cycled up to Roussillon for the weekly market and to sit on the wall enjoying the view and the vivid colours of the Ochre cliffs that define the village. When I arrived it was lovely & quiet and I popped into the …

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Witches Provence Halloween Cemetery @Girlgonegallic
Explore: Travel in ProvenceGirl Gone GallicProvencal History & Traditions

Be Forewarned the Halloween: There Be Witches in Provence

Contributor blog post by Girl Gone Gallic: Have you ever heard of the Aix-en-Provence Witch Trials? Beginning in the early 1600’s, cases of nuns and priests under demonic possession ended in burning’s at the stake.  The priest was “kindly” granted the mercy of strangulation before being burned to ashes.  The …

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Penitents Chapels Nice Saint Sepulcre
Chiara OrlandiExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Exploring the Four Chapels of the Penitents in Nice

The Penitents refers to a Christian movement dating back to the 4th century. During this time, those who confessed a grave sin were assigned a penance, a means by which your sin could be forgiven. This penance, assigned by a Bishop, could assume the form of repairing a church, helping the poor …

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