Posts Tagged ‘Festivals’

Visiting Lambesc

Chateau de la Barben In the pretty village of Lambesc, one finds the Scheduled Monument of Chateau de la Barben.  The property was built before the year 1000 was for many centuries in the ownership of the Ponteves family.  Later it became the home of the Marquis de Forbin and remained so exceptionally for almost […]

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Marseille – the Comeback kid!

European Capital of Culture 2013 – Marseille Provence In the light of the upcoming Presidential election and with multi-cultural issues highly visible following the shootings in Toulouse & Montauban, the BBC printed an online article highlighting a French city that welcomes its own diversity – Marseille  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-17432571 In France’s oldest city and one of the […]

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Christmas in PACA – Part III

Better Late than Never!!! As temperatures across Europe drop to record lows and snow covers the ground from north to south in France, there is an excuse to finish the series of Christmas blogs for the Provence Cote D’Azur region. Renowned across the region is the Christmas market in Valbonne which every year takes over […]

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Christmas in PACA Part 1

Just because the temperature is still over 15 degrees, doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate Christmas! As the festive season arrives, each village prepares it’s illuminations & prepares for the numerous Christmas fairs across the region. We start in the west in Bandol where they have gone for big & bright with an enormous Father Christmas […]

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And you thought St Tropez was just a place for partying and relaxing …..

St Tropez gets seriously competitive! Once again we visit  Les Voiles de Saint Tropez regatta 24 September to 2 October, the famous little port will welcome nearly 300 sailing boats , from traditional sailing yachts and classics to the modern class of Wallys and the like.  Many people pile into town for the festivities and of […]

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Les Journées du patrimoine

Many of you may have benefitted, knowingly or not, in the “journées du patrimoine” over the weekend of 17-18th September , but what are they?  Every year in order to support and publicise the French culture, local communes have a day or more likely a weekend dedicated to their local history and culture.  There are […]

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The End of the Summer?

The end of August is with us and a lot of tourists are beginning to leave for home, but for those of us left in the Var there is plenty to appreciate in their absence.  The next 3 months include a plethora of village festivals celebrating the local history but also the huge variety of local […]

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