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In the footsteps of artists

 

 

Walking in the footsteps of Cézanne 

 

Landmark of the countryside around Aix en Provence, with its white limestone cliffs, 10 kilometers in length, on its southern side, Mont Sainte Victoire has not ceased to inspire artists, before and after Paul Cézanne. Probably this one is the painter who has the most intensely immortalized the rocky mount. Trying to capture the ever changing contours, he painted more than 80 pictures of the mountain. Along this trail, with your local guide, you too will have the opportunity to admire the different views of Mont Sainte Victoire, like the famous painter used to. 

 

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : leisurely (stony ground)

Walking in the footsteps of Van Gogh 

 

This beautiful hike begins in the old part of the market town of St-Rémy de Provence where Vincent Van Gogh spent one year. Your guide takes you to many of the places where he set up his canvas, painting more than 70 works, fascinated by the luminous landscapes. Half an hour after the start, you walk through olive groves and vineyards, and then climb through a pine grove up to the Alpilles ridge, enjoying terrific views in all directions.
This hike could also have been called the Rocher des Deux Trous (Rock with two holes), due to a cliff at the base of which two big holes, invisible for long, suddenly appear, as you are getting closer. Within the last mile of the itinerary, you pass near the site of Glanum, where can be seen extensive remains of a settlement that developed 2,200 years ago, under Greek and Roman influences.

 

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : moderate (steep and rocky sections)

                                  Van Gogh’s Provence
(Photographs of sceneries that could have inspired the Dutch painter)

 

In the footsteps of Marcel Pagnol

 

Marcel Pagnol, who was one of the very first filmakers in the history of talkies, was also the first one who used to film outdoors. Between 1933 and 1954, in a dozen of his films, he shot most of the scenes in the rugged hills outside Marseille, where he spent his childhood holidays. This hike through the garrigue will take you to different locations of this outdoor movie setting, including the landscape from the ‘My Father’s Glory’ movies ; the tour guide will recount Pagnol‘s childhood with his brother Paul and his friend Lili, as well as tales from his filming. 

 

Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : moderate (steep and rocky sections)

 

 

 

In the footsteps of Jean Giono

 

This hike takes place in a part of Provence outside the tourist route. Montagne de Lure that nourished Giono‘s dreams are these highlands “where deserts are really desert lands”, as he wrote ; a limitless stretch of barren land, a region of shepherds, dry stone walls and wind ; a land of uncountable starry nights, where winters are harsh and soils stubborn. In addition to the tales about Giono‘s works, two other moments will probably remain engraved in your memories : the panorama from the ridge and the sight of the Jas des Terres du Roux, this 150-year old dry-stone sheepfold, built of half a million stones without any binder. Giono‘ s world : truly a world apart.

 

Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : moderate