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  • Carrières de Lumières
  • Roussillon
  • Lourmarin
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  • Eygalieres Market

“Trobador” comes from langue d’oc, the Old Provençal language. It means “finder or researcher” and is likely the root of “troubadour,” a strolling minstrel in Southern France in the 12th c. The Modern Trobadors research all things Provence: its world-renowned food and wine, its writers and artists, its tremendous tourist appeal…. From the prosaic to the profound, the practical to the quixotic, we provide news, information, advice, opinion, and, we hope, a wee bit of inspiration.

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  • HOLLYWOOD – AUBAGNE – PARIS:  A TRIANGULAR JOURNEY

    HOLLYWOOD – AUBAGNE – PARIS: A TRIANGULAR JOURNEY

    It’s Academy Award season, and as it was with me a year ago when I wrote of Marcel Pagnol, I am drawn back to Provence, in fact to his hometown of Aubagne. On this occasion it began last fall when I was discussing with my wife Benedicte, who is French, about the genre films that Hollywood is known for which might appeal to her. In the past couple of years she has become a fan of American westerns, so I thought Foreign Legion fare could be of interest. What I quickly ran up against though was that while the western has survived successfully since the...Read More »

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A TRIBUTE TO PAL, ONE OF THE ORIGINAL MODERN TROBADORS

A TRIBUTE TO PAL, ONE OF THE ORIGINAL MODERN TROBADORS

What is a Modern Trobador if not one who detects the scent of a story and, with nose to the ground, follows it through to the end?  Like a dog with a bone, you might say.  That was our Pal, our 15-year-old ever-faithful beagle who was with us on our [...]
WHO’S THE FACE BEHIND “LOURMARIN, LOURMARIN”?

WHO’S THE FACE BEHIND “LOURMARIN, LOURMARIN”?

If you follow what’s happening in Lourmarin, the charming village at the southern base of the Luberon where the Manfull family has been hanging their hats for many years, you’ve no doubt seen something about “Lourmarin, Lourmarin.”  Have you wondered[...]
STOMP SOME GRAPES IN PROVENCE

STOMP SOME GRAPES IN PROVENCE

If you are in Provence and looking for something different to do—in between touring Roman ruins and visiting hilltop villages—I’ve got the answer:  Kick off your shoes, climb into a huge oak barrel filled with grapes, and start stomping.  That’s what[...]
GARLIC IS IN THE AIR...IT MUST BE AÏOLI TIME!

GARLIC IS IN THE AIR...IT MUST BE AÏOLI TIME!

When the weather gets hot, our mortar and pestle becomes a fixture on the kitchen table. The familiar rhythmic sound of pestle-striking-mortar fills the air and the pungent aroma of garlic wafts through the house. Aïoli. It's aïoli time. The word, a[...]
MARC CHAGALL AT THE CARRIÈRES DE LUMIÈRES: EXTRAORDINARY

MARC CHAGALL AT THE CARRIÈRES DE LUMIÈRES: EXTRAORDINARY

The Carrières de Lumières defy description.  One could say (aptly) that it is a multi-media extravaganza—about 100 projectors casting 3,000 images on walls as high as 14 meters, spilling onto the ceiling and the floor, and choreographed perfectly wit[...]
CATCHING UP WITH THE PROVENCE GURU

CATCHING UP WITH THE PROVENCE GURU

Those of you who travel to Provence or fancy a trip sometime soon--or who are lucky enough to live here--no doubt are acquainted with the Provence Guru. The Guru--aka, Jamie Ivey--and wife Tanya traded their London lives for adventures in Provence th[...]

Discover Provence!

Dates for our 2017 Provence tours! Small group tours limited to 8 people! Sunday, June 18 to Saturday, June 24, 2017 – SOLD OUT Sunday, September 10 to Saturday, September 16, 2017 – INQUIRE For more information and availability, please email us at Susan@TheModernTrobadors.com or call us at 603-430-8694

Provence Wine Lover?

If you are a fan of the wines of Provence, you must visit our other blog, Provence WineZine.  Read interesting articles about the winemakers and their wines, the emerging new varietals, and latest scoop from the region.

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