Fort Saint-Jean Marseille
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

MuCEM and Fort Saint-Jean for History Buffs in Marseille

By Aixcentric You may be interested in the new space opened in the Fort Saint-Jean in July. It’s called the Galerie des Officiers, the arcaded section you can see in the photo.  Each of 5 small rooms has a short film on an aspect of the history of the Fort Saint-Jean, and with …

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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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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 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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Roman Pont du Gard
Explore: Travel in ProvenceOur House in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

A visit with friends to the amazing Roman Pont du Gard

Contributor blog post by Michel: Our favorite Roman ruin in the South of France is the Pont du Gard, the aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River in the Gard Department of Languedoc-Roussillon about 60 km (37 miles) from our home in Sablet, between Remoulins and Uzès. The Pont du Gard …

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Tribute Antibes HMS Unbroken
Explore: Travel in ProvenceJemma - French LessonsProvencal History & Traditions

WWII: Antibes’ 75th Tribute for HMS Unbroken

Contributor blog post by Jemma: It is a time of anniversaries. World War I’s centennial commemorations have dotted the globe. Canada celebrated its 150th. Even Lolo’s summer camp in the woods of Ontario proudly handed out t-shirts with “100” on them. World War II anniversaries cannot yet claim three digits. …

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Roman Barge Arles Museum Antiquity
Explore: Travel in ProvenceKeith Van SickleProvencal History & Traditions

Discovering the Roman Barge and Other Treasures of Arles

The Roman History of Arles What’s 2,000 years old, 100 feet long and used to float? If you guessed a Roman barge, you win!  And you can see one now in the Arles Museum of Antiquity. Arles was once an important Roman town, a trading center with a major port. …

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French Royals Uzes Musical Summer Event
Barefoot BloggerExplore: Travel in Provence

French Royals in Uzes: Up Close and Personal

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: There’s not much that I love more than hobnobbing with French royals. Even if it’s from a distance. Each year Uzes hosts a musical event during the summer that brings in famed artists from around the world.This year, the festival brought in French royalty …

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Aix-en-Provence la Rotonde Fountain
Explore: Travel in ProvenceOur House in Provence

Visit to Aix-en-Provence, City of a Thousand Fountains

Contributor blog post by Michel: As I have written previously, one of our favorite towns is Aix-en-Provence. The capital of Provence in the middle ages, it is located about one hour and 15 minutes from our home in Sablet.Cousin Annick lives in a nearby village. One morning a few months …

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