Condé Nast Traveler and Vogue both feature Provence in their July issues. Delightful!

Illustration of Luberon Village by James Noel Smith for Conde Nast Traveler

Illustration of Luberon Village by James Noel Smith for Conde Nast Traveler

First, Condé Nast Traveler gives a detailed travel guide for the region, full of suggestions for food, shopping, and where to stay. Usually I give away magazines after I read them, but I think I’ll hold onto this issue to help plan our next trip to France!

Marion Cotillard photographed by Mario Testino in Provence for Vogue

Marion Cotillard photographed by Mario Testino in Provence for Vogue

Vogue interviewed the French actress Marion Cotillard, who appeared in the Johnny Depp move Public Enemies about John Dillinger and has a new film out. They photographed her in a crumbling stone house called La Bastide de Marie in the town of Ménerbes in Provence. Here’s a link to a slideshow where you can see her frolic in pretty clothes in this beautiful setting: http://www.vogue.com/feature/2010_July_Marion_Cotillard/slideshow/horizontal/?loop=0&iphoto=7&play=false&cnt=8

(Trivia time: in the rest of France, “bastide” means a very old fortified city atop a hill, but in Provence, “bastide” refers to a very old manor house built atop a hill. Possibly because Provence remained rural and cut off from the more developed parts of France until the 20th century, they still use some words differently there.)

–Brett

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