March Events in Provence
Carriers des Lumières – Les Baux de Provence
The new exhibition of Bosch, Brueghel and Archimboldo opens for the summer at Carriers des Lumières where people come from all over to witness the projected images on the inside of the quarry’s walls.
Salon du Vin & des Gourmets -Arles
This is a fun and very dangerous way to spend your Sunday or Saturday. For 4 euros (cost of the wine glass you can take home) you can wine taste (and eat gourmet products) all day. I did this on my own the first year I went. Not a good idea. Try to cut yourself off. I didn’t.
Fête des Grands-Mères (all of France)
Created in 1987, this is National grandmother’s day which is taken very seriously in France. The florist will be just as busy, if not more so, than Mother’s day so order your bouquet in advance! Or, plan your home cooked meal for grandma. Take the time to appreciate the elders in your life.
In Western Europe, it’s traditional to give mimosa to the women you love on this day.
Carnaval – Saint Remy de Provence
Parades and all kinds of activities for the kids. Also, intriguingly free “carnival soup” I might have to find out what that is… Many small villages have their own carnivals at this time of year.
Marché aux Truffes
The last of the truffles. Truffle markets happen normally very early in the morning, and with some secrecy. The best known in the area are Richeranches (great atmosphere) and Carpentras.
Until 1st of May
MARILYN I WANNA BE LOVED BY YOU – Aix en Provence
The beautiful Centre Caumont is offering an exhibition on Marilyn Monroe. This exhibition, interestingly for me, focuses on the photographers that immortalised her beauty. You’ll find photos from her entire life, with special emphasis on the last photo shoot before she died.
You’ll notice the first big vide greniers, or flea markets, of the season happening this month. Go to Vide Grenier to find the ones nearest you. See my article about Vide Greniers to learn more about flea markets in Provence.
Look out for orchids, asparagus, onions and new plants to forage in the countryside. Hint: follow any French people that mysteriously are carrying baskets on small roads…they know where they’re going…