Fete des Mais, traditional Nicois costume @FibiTee
Phoebe ThomasWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Lu Festin de Nissa Nice celebrates May

What is the celebration of spring in Nice la Fête des Mais? Phoebe has the answer. On the 1st of May and then every Sunday throughout the month, Nice celebrates the arrival of spring.  This custom dates back to Roman times when a “Mai” (a large pine tree felled in …

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Provence bike Fête des Violettes Tourrettes sur Loup
AixcentricWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Violets at Tourrettes sur Loup

By aixcentric Violets are one of the first signs of spring, a welcome sight as they peep out from grassy banks and the undergrowth in woody areas. At Tourrettes sur Loup they are centre stage in the local economy and also in the annual Fete des Violettes which takes place …

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The Bullfight Corrida: A Dance with Death

By Deborah When I decided to move to France, bullfights never entered my mind. Who knew the traditionally Spanish events exist in the south of France? Years ago, I attended a bullfight in Spain. It was the “thing to do” for a 20-something college kid visiting Barcelona. All I remember …

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Fete de la Courge
AixcentricWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Fete de la Courge

By aixcentric Next weekend (11th and 12th October) sees the annual Fete de la Courge in Rians in the Var, and it is one of my favourite village festivals: mainly as it is so very un-English. It is an excellent opportunity to see a work-a-day Provencal village, totally non-touristy, celebrating …

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Arles: Feria du Riz Food and Fashion

Just tell me there’s a bullfight close to Uzes, and I’m there. As usual, there’s always a party that makes the corrida even more fun. Arles, a town less than an hour down the road that’s mostly famous for being one of Van Gogh’s “hangouts”. The Feria du Riz, the …

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