July 4, 1993
My wife and I have just returned from a glorious trip to France, including a number of days in the Provence area. Those days were made very enjoyable because of the article Judy Fayard wrote in Traveling in Style on the Alpilles region ("Provence in Dark and Light," March 7). We followed her excellent recommendations on hotels, opting for L'Oustau de Baumaniere in Les Baux-de-Provence, wonderful restaurants in Fontvieille, St. Remy and Arles, and benefited from her descriptions of the various areas we visited.
January 21, 2011 |
Most Americans associate Mardi Gras festivities with New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro, not with Nice, France . But the city in the Provence region in southern France puts on quite a Mardi Gras show. And nearby communities hold other festivals around that time too: Nice (Feb. 18 through March 8): The exuberance of this Mardi Gras celebration will begin with the King of the Mediterranean’s lavish entrance -- accompanied this year by a queen -- to applause and rejoicing.
March 3, 2004 |
Tuscany seems to be every American's dream destination these days. The very word "Tuscany" has become a magical incantation, an evocation of all that is natural and beautiful and comforting and accessible in our modern, turbulent world. But before Tuscany, there was Provence. Before Frances Mayes and "Under the Tuscan Sun," there was Peter Mayle and "A Year in Provence."
October 11, 1998 |
Twenty-five years ago, when we first discovered Venasque, doves were nesting and cooing in the blackened ruins of some medieval buildings. The only epicerie in the village had no refrigeration and almost no light. Instead, a cool marble counter top kept tasty foods--earthy French ham, brie cheeses and local olives--from perishing, while the darkness aided this process by keeping out the hot sun of Provence.
April 18, 2014 |
It's hard to believe that only 50 years have passed since Julia Child set foot on the new continent of American Foodlandia. And yet in that short period, it seems we've already seen the full cycle of colonial development: discovery, exploration, exploitation. Three books on recent food history offer glimpses of each stage. Luke Barr's "Provence, 1970" describes the beginning; Colman Andrews' "My Usual Table" hits the middle period; and Allen Salkin's "From Scratch," a pulp history of the Food Network, covers the descent into decadence.
August 23, 1992
Re your review of "Gardens in Provence" (July 19), in which Elaine Kendall praises "the delightful and the aesthetic so typical of Southwestern France": Has somebody moved Provence since I was there in 1989? LEETHA RENWICK, SAN PEDRO