Art, sunshine, superb food, wine and the heady perfumes of Mediterranean vegetation are all part of the attraction of this exceptional part of Southern France
The beauty of Provence has never ceased to inspire French artists and especially one of the country’s greatest painters, the impressionist, Paul Cézanne. To contemplate one of his canvasses is to rediscover the sensations of Provence, its colours, fragrances and the fresh air of its sea side cliffs. Away from the coastal resorts, inland Provence remains remarkably unscathed. Evidence of its many inhabitants – Greeks, Romans, raiding Saracens, schismatic popes, and an endless succession of competing counts and princes – remains everywhere apparent. The main difficulty in visiting Provence is choosing where to go. In the west, along the Rhône valley, are the Roman cities of Orange, Vaison- la- Romaine and Arles, and the papal city of Avignon, with its fantastic summer festival.
Our residential centre is in Aix-en-Provence, the mini-Paris of the region, home to Cézanne, for whom the Mont Ste-Victoire was an enduring subject, while Van Gogh is forever linked with St-Rémy and Arles. Hundreds of foreign students, particularly Americans, come to study in Aix-en-Provence, where there is a certain snobbishness, almost of Parisian proportions.
We can organise Language classes for your students in Provence with content being specifically tailored to their specific needs whether its for GCSE or A Level demands.
Activities on our trips to Provence include
- Art workshop
- Pottery making
- Lunch buying at local market
- Cookery class
- Perfume making
- Language classes
- Boat trips by the Calanques
Visits include: schools, museums, historically important towns and cities, picturesque villages and, of course, l’Atelier Cézanne