Our Vacation Rental Homes in Sablet, Provence

Sablet Village, Vaucluse, Provence, France
Maison des Pelerins and La Baume des Pelerins, or "les Pelerins" as we affectionately refer to our dream come true, of owning our own homes in Provence, are located in the heart of the Vaucluse. We thoroughly enjoy hearing from our guests to "les Pelerins" that they feel they are spending time in their own home in Provence. To be a part of village life, Sablet is the perfect place. "Les Pelerins" dates back to the time when the Popes administered the Catholic Church from Avignon, with a Papal Vice-Legat having a residence right here in Sablet. Our neighbor's home was the Vice-Legat's residence. Ours was one of the buildings that housed visitors and pilgrims and was connected to it, as we can see from the internal portals, and the front door of Maison des Pelerins. Hence the name - Pelerins is French for pilgrims. I hope this Blog will help you get to know Provence and live your Provencal Dream.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

If It's July ...... Avignon's Theatre Festival is the place to be!

Was that a cross between Big Bird and a Giraffe in a skirt in the road?

Did it have anything to do with all the TV cameras and reporters who were at the Avignon TGV Station when we arrived?

                   Like to run into these guys in a dark alley?      Performers from the "Off" Festival entice shoppers to attend their show

In July, the Town of Avignon feels like an artsy Disneyland with a good humored and fun filled atmosphere.  Every inch of available space on bus shelters, buildings and canopies are covered with colorful "affiches" (posters), advertising all types of theater activity. Restaurants and Cafes bustle with actors stopping for a quick break or theater goers on their way from one stage to the next..  During a three week period, almost one thousand shows are performed!

Zebra in fluffy slippers?

The Avignon Festival, that first started back in 1947 when French actor, Jean Vilar was invited to perform at the Palais du Papes (Papal Palace).  From its beginning at that time, the Avignon Theater Festival set the stage as a showcase for lesser known plays and modern scripts. It is a venue that encourages creativity and an experimental approach to theater and concerts.

"Concert sans ski"?

The Festival has grown into two festivals in one - the "In" and the "Off".  The "In" is organized by a non  profit organization and administered by a French national and regional government board of trustees.  The performances of the "In" Festival are still at the Palais du Papes and other theaters throughout Avignon.

Ladies of the Choir?   I think they're up to something!

The "Off" Festival is also organized by a non profit organization, made up largely of theater companies.  The performances take place in theater schools or any available space around the town.

During the Festival,  Avignon becomes the center of French theater activity and plays host to many well known French and foreign performers. If you would like to visit the Festival on your next summer visit to Provence,  it is prudent to book accommodation well in advance as this is a very popular venue.

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