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06/05/2009

La Maison-Café, Lourmarin, Luberon, Provence, France


This photo was taken in the village of Lourmarin located in Luberon, Provence, France.
Extremely picturesque, the village is a magnet for tourists. Prominent sites are the village itself, the pretty Renaissance castle, the Catholic and Protestant churches and the view from the village of the Proches Bastides, a large fortified farmhouse dating to the Middle Ages.
Lourmarin was the birthplace of Philippe de Girard (1775-1845), an engineer and inventor of the linen spinning mill. The writers Henri Bosco (1888-1976) and Albert Camus (1913-1960) both lived there and are buried in the local cemetery.
Another famous writer, British expatriate Peter mayle today lives in Lourmarin. One of his books, A Year in Provence, giving the chronicle of a British expatriate who settled in the village of Ménerbes, was made into a TV series and a film. Another of his books was also made into the film
A Good Year (2006) directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russel Crowe, which was filmed nearby in the same region. As a result, in recent decades Luberon and its towns and villages like Lourmarin and Ménerbes, which probably were the lesser known parts of Provence, even in France, became better known in the English-speaking world.

4 comments:

roentarre said...

This is a very interesting facade of a cafe, quite prehistoric and cute!

Digital Polaroids said...

Extremely picturesque, as you said

Nina~sara said...

i have just stolen this photo, i'm sorry I had to :) love the blog!

Nina~sara said...

i have just stolen this photo, i'm sorry I had to :) love the blog!