Paule Constant and Aix-en-Provence: love at first sight

THESE WRITERS WHO LOVE FRANCE (1/6) – Forty-five years ago, the novelist discovered by chance “the city of a thousand fountains”. The bond has only grown stronger.

Normandy, Massif Central, Corsica… There are those who have not left their region, and those who have returned. Six writers open the door of their home to us, and tell us what their romantic imagination owes to their roots.

“With Aix-en-Provence, it was love at first sight ”, launches Paule Constant when discussing the issue of her relationship to the city. She remembers: “This meeting was not supposed to happen: I discovered Aix-en-Provence while waiting for a friend and, to distract myself, I went into a real estate agency. The real estate agent brought me to an incredible district, the Mazarin district, and there, in an 18th century building.e from rue Cardinale, just as unheard of, Jean Daret’s private mansion. ” The specialty of this painter, born in Brussels and died in Aix-en-Provence in 1668, was the trompe-l’oeil, which he elevated to the rank of art, as evidenced by his masterpiece – “An extraordinary vanity staircase, says Paule Constant, adorned with classical mythological figures as well

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