Provence – The Light

The Light in Provence is like nothing else in the world. Lots of artists, including Van Gosh, have been drawn to Provence because of "The Light"!

”Man has painted in this region (Provence) since he began to paint, if there is something in the air of Vienna that renders its citizen’s musical, something in the drink of Dublin that confers agility in speech upon its populace, then surely there is something in the light of France.”  – from the book RUNNING IN PLACE Scenes From the South of France by Nicholas Delbanco.

I’ve always heard that many artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, have been drawn to Provence because of “the light”. I never really understood that until now. Scott and I are spending a week blogging from Provence and have had the opportunity to explore the area by taking long bike and car rides through the beautiful countryside, visiting charming hillside villages and mingling with the lovely people of Provence. Scott has taken a zillion pictures as we’ve wandered, and we now understand why artists are magnetically drawn to this area. The light is really quite magical, and I thought the best way to explain it is with his photography.

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You see what I mean? It’s crazy! I’m no Van Gogh but, after visiting this lovely little corner of the world I totally understand “the light”. I hope we’ve given you a little glimpse into the captivating light, as well.

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28 thoughts on “Provence – The Light”

  • Wow!!!, Amazing Photography I feel I must go, visit now in a way it reminds me of Italy’s, Tuscany thanks so much for Sharing your adventure keep,traveling please so I can see the world through yours and Scotts eyes.

  • Thank you for sharing your trip and photos– they’re beautiful! I think I’ll have to take my husband there someday!

  • What a fun trip Chris. My favorite picture was looking through the golden leaves, down on the town and to what appears to be a church in the center, with that perfect mountain in the background. I love pictures like that.

    I hope the terrorists in Paris are not putting a damper on your beautiful trip?

  • Chris and Scott,

    I have just discovered your blog, which I love. We have a home in Mirabel aux Baronnies, in the northern part of the Vaucluse region of Provence. We are here now, and have been absolutely dazzled by the gorgeous Fall colors. The photographs that Scott took (I am assuming it is Scott, from the subsequent post about markets) are just gorgeous.

    Can I ask a favor? I have been writing an email to our friends and family back home, describing our adventures here in France and how beautiful the foliage is.. We are also taking pictures, using our cell phones, but they are not even close to the quality of Scott’s photos. Could I use some of his photos in my emails? The emails are totally private — nothing for “publication” as it were.

    Thank you.

    • Hello Antonia,

      Of course, feel free to send some of our photos. It might even be easier to send them a link to the website. Either way is fine. So nice to “meet” you! How blessed you are to have a home here.

  • Be still my ♥
    I remember the light in Provence..but in Sept..it was beautiful then and looks beautiful now..so cool you ride your bikes:)
    The first pic..paves the way..and the flautist and artist..so sweet..

  • A photo book of Provence! I love this idea. 🙂 Stunning photos and they all make me wish I were there with you.

    • We’re funny about that Karin. We came up with the decision to go to Provence when we decided the date on going over to visit our daughter’s family in London. Scott and I had both wanted to go to Provence for a while. Apt was kind of a wild guess, based on AirBnB apartment reviews (which we used for the first time). It seemed centrally located and a great home base. We love to find an apartment and stay a week and day trip from there, instead of moving every night or two. We try to blend into the community and feature things we discover. Our daily trips often are planned a day or less in advance, based on our research and the current weather. The fun part about traveling like that is the unexpected surprise places and people you discover!

  • Beautiful photos. Except for the water, bridge and a few of the buildings, these scenes could be just outside the City of Santa Rosa, CA. All the vineyards and trees here have changed colors. The light can also be the same. We have incredible restaurants and produce as well.

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