Nice: National Marc Chagall Museum2019/6/5
“On the Cimiez Hill, just above Nice, the Musée Marc Chagall finds itself in an extraordinary location.
An alcove of greenery bathed in a warm, calm atmosphere, this collection currently has a Biblical theme.
A painter of Russian origin, Marc Chagall offered a beautiful gift to France throughout the 1960s and 1970s – seventeen masterpieces constituting his work on the Bible.
These pieces make up part of the permanent collection of more than 400 paintings, watercolors, ink drawings, and pastels.
This universe, dedicated to the works of Chagall, is teeming with colors used in original and unexpected ways.
In a calm monastery, visitors are invited to embark on the same legendary path as Marc Chagall (1887-1985), one of the pioneers of Modernism, a cultural movement that took Western societies by storm from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th.
All visitors can also walk around the Museum’s splendid olive tree park, which dominates the fascinating city of Nice. ”
Address: Musée national Marc Chagall, Avenue du Docteur Ménard 06000 Nice
In Vincent Van Gogh footsteps around Arles in Provence.2019/5/22
“Vincent Van Gogh lived in Arles in the South of France for more than a year. He experienced great productivity there before suffering from a mental breakdown.
He arrived in Arles on 20 February 1888. After two years in Paris, he was tired of the bustle and demands of city life and longed for the sunshine and vibrant colors of the south. When he got to Arles, he took a room at:
– the hotel-restaurant Carrel,
and later, one at :
– Café de la Gare.
In early September, he moved into:
– the Yellow House,
which he had begun using as a studio on 1st of May.
He was highly productive during this period and made numerous paintings and drawings in and around Arles. He developed an expressive, individual painting style characterized by bold colors and dynamic brushstrokes. In Arles, he met the artists Eugène Boch, Dodge MacKnight and Christian Mourier-Petersen and befriended the postal official Joseph Roulin. Paul Gauguin came to join him in October, and they worked together in Arles for two months.
In late December, Vincent suffered a psychotic episode in which he cut off part of his ear. Gauguin went back to Paris soon afterward. Vincent was admitted to hospital and discharged on 7 January. In late January and February, however, he suffered two more attacks, and he returned to hospital for a longer spell. On 8 May 1889, he left Arles to be voluntarily committed to a psychiatric institution in Saint-Rémy de Provence.
Other places dedicated to the artist:
-The Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles aims to showcase and promote Van Gogh’s artistic heritage while also asking questions about the resonance of his oeuvre in art today. By presenting the painting of van Gogh in the context of works by contemporary artists, it seeks to stimulate a fruitful dialogue centered on interrogation and reflection.”
Blossoming has started at Domaine du Gros Noré, Bandol AOC.2019/5/18
Few differences can be obseved on these four different grape varieties: the star of Bandol, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Clairette and Cinsault.
Yeast Gallery event by Miica Fran2019/5/18
Food creator Miica Fran event last Sunday at Yeast Gallery was inspired by the masterpieces of Van Gogh “Van Gogh et la nature”, Monet “Les Nymphéas”, Picasso “Guernica”, Le Corbusier “Ronchamp chapel” , Cézanne “Pommes et oranges”.
Creative and delicious menu, great pairing with aVin wines!
Thank you Miica Fran!
PARADISE BEER FACTORY in Kashima: Farmer grown, Farmer Brewed.2019/5/1
“Fine crops + sacred water + plain madness = Paradise Beer”
Kashima Beer Factory is located five minutes walk from the power-spot shrine Kashima-Jingu.
There is a bus or train from Tokyo station, both takes around 1h30.
– Fairly new brewery but already prize winning beer! There is a ground floor bar, shop and brewery and upstairs the main cafe/restaurant space.
– They currently have a beer line up of eight beers, five of which were represented on tap. You can buy the others in the shop in bottles to take away. All beers are served in the same size and priced the same (US pint, ¥950 and half, which was in a tulip glass and probably at least 300ml, ¥700).
All beers are made using water from the nearby Kashima Jingu, apparently an unusually hard water for Japan. The beers fall loosely in the field of Belgian styles, but more on the Wit/lower alcohol side of the Belgian beer spectrum. There were nods to other more popular styles with an IPA and session IPA, but both still retained some Belgian hints.
Delicious pizzas or one plate lunch on the menu (organic vegetables from the farm of the same owner).
Available to buy at bar aVin wine shop: