Best "must see" place in Provence

Trip Start Feb 15, 2012
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Trip End Sep 17, 2012


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Flag of France  , Provence,
Saturday, June 30, 2012

I don't want to sound Iike I'm complaining but the constant days of 38 degrees, with nights getting down to mid 20's is wearing me down a little. Pleased we have air con bedrooms and cars...pity I stopped Sandy buying a fan for the living room!!

So we had a slightly latish start, it also allowed me to watch the Eagles fall across the line by 20 goals!!

I had planned to go to Les Baux (after which bauxite is named) via Les Mas de Gancel (the house we stayed at last time we were in Provence). My diligent Director of Research had slightly different ideas. She had done some reading on other places near Les Baux and her detailed BHPB safety training showed thru - she decided that it would be better to visit an underground cave place when it was 38 degrees and visit the exposed hilltop later in the day! Excellent idea, the team didn't really care for any details of the underground place.....but we loved the concept.

Kate's parking magic worked again and we snapped up the last bay and headed inside this place called "Carrières de Lumières". It is the cave that remains after they took all the old blocks of rock. It is MASSIVE and has been used as a film set and various others things. Fairly recently it was converted to an exhibition place and WOW. They have something like 50 projectors displaying various moving images. First one was works of Van Gogh and Gaugin, next was Metamorphis. It is like trying to describe Cirque de Soleil...yes it a circus but unless you've been you don't understand. This is the same, you are in a cave with walls everywhere, and all are displaying Van Gogh images, all slightly different images and beautiful classical music playing. And it was about 5 degrees....bliss
If you are in Provence this is an absolute "must see"! Here is the link http://www.carrieres-lumieres.com/fr/home  . there are in pages english too.


We then headed up to Les Baux  village and Chateau, the temperature had dropped but the wind had picked up. It was v good and interesting but nothing after the sound and light show.

The abslute highlight however was Sandy volunteering to launch the catapault.  They were doing a demo and she went forward and 'pulled the pin'

Home for dinner, Nathan and Kate cooking again :-)
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