Roman Barge Arles Museum Antiquity
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

5 Places to Find Roman History in Provence

Visible traces of Roman history weave throughout Provence, which is one of many reasons to visit the region. Below we highlight five (5) top places for evidence of the Roman era. #1 Roman Aix-en-Provence The Romans understood the need for freshwater for a settlement to thrive and survive. So, Entremont, …

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LUMA Arles Art Centre
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Why Visit LUMA Arles Contemporary Art Centre and Urban Garden

The city of Arles is considered the gateway to the Camargue wetlands and Rhône River delta. It is the last major urban centre before leaving Provence’s southwestern boundary. In June 2021, LUMA Arles – an interdisciplinary creative campus – officially opened to the public in the former Parc des Ateliers. …

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Church of St. Trophime, Arles
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Provence Bouches du Rhône Romans to Modern Day

The Rhône and Durance rivers are like bookends creating fluid boundaries of the Bouches du Rhône (mouth of the Rhône) while providing irrigation for the department’s agricultural land. After an 800 km journey from its source, the Rhône Glacier in Valais, Switzerland, the Rhône River yawns lazily into the Mediterranean …

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Lee Miller. Petersham on wool, Vogue Studio, London, England, 1944. © Lee Miller Archives, England, 2022.
AixcentricInspireWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Celebrating Photography at Rencontres d’Arles and Lee Miller Show

‘Lee Miller Photographe Professionelle’  focuses on one of the most intense and productive periods in the life of this intriguing (*) American photographer (1907–1977). During the 1930s, she was a fashion model but moved behind the camera to head her studio in New York.  She specialised as a fashion and …

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Alyscamps Roman Burial Arles
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Alyscamps the Roman Burial in Arles is a Must-See

Immortalized in Dante’s Inferno, Alyscamps, one of the most famous historical burial grounds outside of Rome, is a short walk from the centre of Arles in the southwestern corner of Provence. The day my tour group visited, there was no one else there except a few stray cats, and the …

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Arles or Nîmes Where Best to Visit Roman Provence?

Roman Provence Way back around 50 B.C., Julius Caesar conquered Gaul (now France), and the area remained part of the Roman Empire for centuries. As a result, Roman ruins are all over France, but the best ones are in and around Provence. In fact, ‘Provence’ comes from the Latin ‘Provincia …

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What’s on at Fondation Vincent Van Gogh in Arles

Until the end of October, Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles presents an exhibition bringing together new works by the American artist Laura Owens with seven paintings by Van Gogh, most made in and around Arles. Van Gogh hardly needs an introduction but here’s what the gallery writes about Laura Owens: …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocals Travel Tips

Arles: Art, Photos, Shopping and More Reasons to Visit

Considered the gateway city to the Camargue, Arles has it all – history, shopping, gourmet food and enough grit to capture your interest. Here are some of the top reasons to visit Arles: Artsy Arles Frank Gehry designed Luma Arles, opened in June 2021, a project commissioned by local philanthropist …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Arles Welcomes French Fashion Brand Margareth & Moi

Arles is THE place to be this summer for culture, photography, and now high-end fashion brand Margareth & Moi newest boutique at 5, rue des Arènes. It’s hard to know where to start in Arles, but these should all be on your must-see list. The Frank Gehry designed LUMA tower …

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Muséon Arlaten Arles © Christian Rombi, Cd13
AixcentricInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Muséon Arlaten Finally Reopens in Arles it’s a Must-See

Arles Worth the Wait Eleven years.  That’s how long the Muséon Arlaten has been closed for renovation, but with the input of a leading architectural agency and the fabulous Arlesien designer Christian Lacroix, it certainly has style – see the staircase. Founded by the poet Frédéric Mistral in 1896, it …

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