Posts Tagged ‘Les Baux de Provence’

The date for the re-opening of the Carrières de Lumières at Les Baux de Provence has been announced: March 30th.

The new show which will run until next January looks magnificent.  Van Gogh dreamed of working  with Gauguin but these two very different artists with such differing temperaments simply couldn’t co-exist; now they are brought together in harmony, close to where they painted over 100 years ago.  The company’s website www.carrieres-lumieres.com has an image gallery to give us a taste of what we can expect and also has full details of opening times and access.

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I was sorry when the Cathédrale d’Images closed last year as it was such a unique place; so happy to read that it is re-opening under new management, Culturespaces, who manage several of France’s museums and estates.  They are currently spending a couple of million euros on state-of- the art effects and also improving visitors’ facilities to include a bookshop, workshop space for visiting schools and, eventually, an exhibition space to complement the light-show.

cathedral dimagesThis takes place in a huge excavated quarry, a massive enclosed space with rough rock walls. On to these, vast images are projected constantly and side-by-side, so the visitor can wander around the cavern wondering at the beautiful, ever-changing and textured pictures on display.  The colours really come alive in this space and the images are accompanied by music to give a multi-sensory experience.   The new name will be Carrières de Lumières.


Next year’s theme which starts in March is to be ‘Gauguin, Van Gogh, Les Peintres de la Coleur’ – doesn’t that sound wonderful?

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The Count and Countess of Provence who lived in Les Baux had 4 beautiful and educated daughters, each of whom married into a European royal family.  Eleanor, only 13, travelled to London to marry King Henry III, a union which proved fruitful (5 children), turbulent (pesky barons denying them money) but long-lasting.

The Queen From Provence by Jean Plaidy is an undemanding blend of drama, history and romance, with frocks and horses and castles…..but, like Philippa Gregory,  the author sticks very carefully to historical facts and you do end up with a good overview of the political issues of the period.  This book is an easy read on a wet day in Provence – now I must tackle her Medici Trilogy and let her lead me through that historical labrynth.


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