Les Baux-de-Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in France, has inspired many artists.

Les Chroniques Méditerranéennes and Nathalie Simon invite you to discover one of the most beautiful villages in France, located in the heart of the Alpilles!

This huge and superb stone fortress is undoubtedly one of the should Provence, which welcomed the greatest people of this world. You guessed: Chronicles meMediterranean Sea introduce us to Les Baux-de-Provence like we’ve never seen them before, authentic and alive…

Natalie begins her journey with a visit in the company of Cyril, the keeper of the history of Baux-de-Provence. It was at the end of prehistory that the first inhabitants arrived in this village… Because of the strategic question of visibility and protection, but also and above all because of the ubiquitous material found here: limestone!

Natalie finds François, a bookbinder, and her daughter Marie, who has preferred to learn the craft with her father since childhood. Restorers of old books for archives and libraries, they also offer training in France and abroad… Preserving history through your knowledge and the history of bookbinding is a real family story!

A trip to Les Baux-de-Provence also means the opportunity to discover the magnificent mountain range of the Alpilles. This fragile area with dry vegetation is threatened by forest fires every year. There Natalie meets Melanie, founder of the PPRAN association. (Animal and Natural Hazard Warning Patrols)which trains horses to cope with the stress and danger of fires…

A place in the culinary moment of the trip, Natalie joined the Baux-de-Provence establishment: the Oustau de Baumanière, which was born from an idea by Raymond Thuillier and especially welcomed by the Queen of England! Today, his grandson Jean-André Charial has taken over the place, opening a hotel and two restaurants. Michel, one of the restaurant’s chefs, will prepare a new dish typical of his childhood: tuna tataki and vegetables from the garden (organic!).

To understand where these exceptional products come from, Natalie stops by Henri, who is passionate about wheat, which he has been growing for eight years. It is now based near Saint-Remy-de-Provence and has started a second life after making a career in commerce! A few months ago, he opened his own bakery in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, where he learns how to bake bread thanks to Camille and Adrian, the bakers he helps.

Walking through the beautiful garden of Ustau, Natalie and the chef try a dish invented by Michel, which is an exquisite end to an authentic visit!

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26-minute program prepared by Stefan Stasi.
A France 3 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur / 13 Productions co-production.
Broadcast on Sunday, April 24 at 12:55.

For further :

Tourist office of Les Baux-de-Provence
► Louis Jou Foundation
Facebook page of the association PPRAN
Beaumanier website
► Site “Land and Wheat”

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