Provence Glory: A beguiling, visual celebration of the French region – Assouline


Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, in Gordes

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If there was ever a visual celebration of a place, it would be this glory-filled Assouline book. Perhaps never more needed than this year? The year, when it seems possible, that at least in the UK, we may not be able to travel abroad for some time. Provence Glory is a feast of sun-quenched hillsides, pool-side vistas, smiling waiters holding carafes of wine, dazzlingly bright art and fields of resplendent lavender. Quotes crop up between the images, much like this one by the writer Frédéric Mistral, ‘When the Good Lord begins to doubt the world, he remembers that he created Provence.’

A mas (Provençal farmhouse) near Gordes

Eric Martin

The book’s author, François

Simon, writes: ‘It seems to thrust beyond its borders, seeking to unify the lands on which its spirit thrives: Italy, Spain, the Mediterranean. From Barcelona to Beirut, Oujda to Alexandria, Provence quivers with life.’ From cities to quaint towns and everything in between, Provence, in southeastern France that flows into the Mediterranean, has something for everyone. With Roman landmarks that still prevail from the 1st century AD alongside châteaux from Medieval times, there is so much to see. Go forth and enjoy in this sunshine-filled tome.

Provence Glory by François Simon (Assouline, £70) is on sale now

View of Mont Ventoux from Lacoste

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