Posts Tagged ‘medieval’

Carrière de Lumières in Baux de Provence

Cathedrale d'Images. Baux de Provence. Photo by Pedro Sagüés

Carrière de Lumières in Baux de Provence

In the heart of the Provence, in the beautiful medieval fortified village Baux de Provence, you’ll find this 25 meters tall limestone quarry turned in 1977 into an incredible experience of images and music called Carrière de Lumières.

Each year, a different show takes place (Picasso, Van Gogh, Africa, China, Venice, …). In 2010 they featured AUSTRALIA. It lasts 30 minutes and it costs 7,5 € per person (kids is 3 €). You can get in and get out whenever you want, the show is always running. It takes a 10 minute walk from the town’s parking lot. If you don’t want to walk, you can leave the car right at the entrance. Bring a jacket with you, inside the quarry is 15º celsius. To have an idea of what the show is about, I recommend watching this 2 minute video I’ve prepared.

Baux de Provence was granted in 1642 to the Grimaldi family, rulers of Monaco. To this day, although administratively the town is entirely French, the title of Marquis des Baux remains with Princess Caroline of Monaco. The town is small, really well preserved, has multiple tiny shops (I bought a great Olive Oil) and is very touristic. I recommend visiting the church, one of the most original and beautiful I’ve ever seen. Although I didn’t visit the Castle, locals really recommended it.

This amazing show, together with a visit to Baux de Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in the Provence and best places in the world, makes it a must on your way through the Provence.

Cathedrale D’Images web site
Baux de Provence web site
Baux de Provence in wikipedia

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Photo and video credits: Pedro Sagüés

Siena, the soul of Tuscany

Siena, Italy. Photo by: Dean Ayres http://www.flickr.com/photos/deano/2683065671/

Siena, the soul of Tuscany

It is probably best known for a medieval horse race, Il Palio, conducted for the last 350 years twice in the summer (on June 2nd and August 16th) around the centre of Siena’s beautiful “Campo” square. Palio is a wonderful experience for eveyone but can be quite impenetrable for the visitors. For many, is a once in a lifetime experience.

Besides Il Palio, it is certainly worth seeing Duomo’s Cathedral (I recommend visiting the Piccolomino library -hidden behind a small door-, and going for mass in this, probably, Tuscany’s best Cathedral). You can also climb on top of the Torre di Mangia, where you’ll enjoy a beautiful panorama of the Sienese city center and tuscan countryside. Apart from this, you should simply sit on the Piazza del Campo sipping wine and watch the world go by 🙂

Interesting links: Siena, Things to do
These are some of the highest ranked books in Amazon about the Tuscany, one of the best places in the world:

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San Gimignano, the medieval Manhattan in the Tuscany

San Gimignano, the medieval Manhattan in the Tuscany

San Gimignano is one of the best places to visit in Tuscany and one of the best places in the world. Situated on a hill, surrounded by the lovely Tuscan countryside, San Gimignamo is a 10th century town that is mainly famous for its medieval towers.
Very crowded in summer and on weekends with tourists coming from Florence (it gets really annoying, trust me). I recommend staying overnight and having dinner in any of the small medieval restaurants, where you can enjoy a good Italian food and an excellent local wine. Early in the next morning, you can see the best views from Torre Grossa, in Podesta’s Palace.
Links of interest:
http://www.sangimignano.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gimignano
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