Have you heard of the Witch Trials in Aix-en-Provence? Beginning in the early 1600’s, cases of nuns and priests under demonic possession ended in burning’s at the stake. The priest was “kindly” granted the mercy of strangulation before being burned to ashes. The hysterics quickly spread to other villages and parts of France.
The village of Roussillon is a tiny village filled with cafés and galleries selling pottery, art, and souvenirs. It is a quaint little village perched on top of a hillside, pigmented in red to match the nearby ochre mines and splendid against a sparkling blue sky. Roussillon is well worth a stopover to wander the narrow streets and enjoy the panoramic views, or for a light lunch or an ice cream, but the main attraction around here are the ochres mines…
All Across France – C’est les SOLDES ! This year I discovered the sales at the Factory Outlet Malls (“magasins d’usine”) – and that was a revelation. Everything is already discounted at outlet pricing which is typically around 20% to 30% off the regular price. But then during the bi-yearly sales you add another 50%, 60%, 70% off the already marked down price – and paradise you have found!
Addicted to Cherries? Me Too… Cherry season is always a time that I wait for with great anticipation. All those lovely little red spheres of delicious sweet tastiness have me salivating in anticipation as the season gets going. Much to my delight, we are smack in the middle of cherry season here in Provence. And in case you hadn’t noticed, any reason is a good reason for a festival as far as the French are concerned! As such, I recently attended the Cherry Festival held in “La Roque d’Anthéron”, a sleepy little village in the backcountry of Provence about 25km from Aix en Provence.