Monday, February 17, 2014

Provence and Saint Remy

Provence and Saint Remy
a small town with a great cultural heritage

Provence is art galleries, historical museums and cultural attractions, mansions and botanical gardens, churches and cathedrals, chateaus and castles, Roman ruins and nature preserves. But also the famous towns of the Côte d’Azur – Nice, Cannes, St Tropez and Antibes - and magnificently preserved medieval hilltop villages.

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur is one of France’s regions, comprising six departments or administrative areas, made-up of mountains and sea resorts, simple and complex food traditions.

Saint-Remy-de-Provence is a town with narrow medieval alleyways, squares and buildings just 20 km south of Avignon, and 70 km from Aix and the Marseille airport, surrounded and protected by Les Alpilles Natural Park, vineyards and olive groves.

Artists & Other Famous Residents Van Gogh made 150 paintings while in the asylum in the monastere St Paul de Mausole. Gleize (Cubism) spent the last 15 years of his life in Saint-Remy. The Musee des Alpilles holds a collection of ethnological pieces and a selection of paintings by locally-known artists. Other renowned figures include the Marquis de Sade and his family manor the Hotel de Sade. This is also the birth place of Nostradamus. Saint Remy is home to artists - glass blowing, sculptures and more - whose works are on display in the town's numerous art galleries.
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Markets and Fairs include a procession of donkeys and carts accompanied by children dressed in traditional clothing. The Fete de la Transhumance celebrates the arrival of Spring with a parade of sheep, goats, donkeys and shepherds in traditional costume. The Route des Artistes is a market for local artists and artisans. 

The Festival APART showcases the best of contemporary art in public and private art spaces. The Terroir des Alpilles festival is a celebration of the locally grown produce of the Alpilles. The Saint Remy Feria is dedicated to the heritage of the bull, with bull racing, running and beauty contests.

Museums and Itineraries A small town with a great cultural heritage. Within Saint Remy there are two museums. The Musee des Alpilles is home to ethnographic treasures to help visitors understand the landscape and the human impact on it. It is housed in a Renaissance building with a lovely interior courtyard. The Musee Estrine is dedicated to 20th century art with two rooms devoted to the cubist painter Albert Gleizes and an area which interprets the work of Vincent Van Gogh via audio-visual aids, letters, photographs and other documents.

The Church, Collegiale Saint Martin was built in 1821 in a neo-classical style, but its origins go back to the 14th century. Each year in the summer it hosts the Festival Organa. The Hotel de Sade is a large Gallo-Roman villa that houses ancient baths.

Archeology South of town are the archeological remains of Glanum, dating from the 2nd century BC, featuring religious and civic structures. 

The Cuisine of Provence is the result of the warm, dry Mediterranean climate, a rugged landscape for grazing sheep and goats, and seafood on the coast. The basic ingredients are olive oil, garlic, sardines, rockfish, octopus, lamb and goat, chickpeas and local fruits such as grapes, peaches, apricots and melons. The countryside around Saint Remy has several vineyards, including a local favorite, Les Baux. 

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