Les Baux, France and the Carrieres de Lumieres.

By Posted in - Destinations & France on May 4th, 2017 Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Entering the old stone quarry, I had no idea what to expect.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

The guide from the luxury Viking River Cruise ship only said to bring a sweater, as it can get cold inside (and he wanted to surprise us!). Little did I know it would be one of the highlights of my southern France tour onboard the Viking River Cruise.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

The entrance was through the tiny white door into pure blackness. That was how it began. But before you knew it, your eyes would get adjusted to the swirls of light and the art that are being flashed against the massive limestone quarry walls.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Carrieres de Lumieres is a remarkable multimedia art installation, unlike anything I have ever seen before and quite frankly a bit hard to describe.  It calls out to all of your senses, with sound and images that make you feel you have entered some sort of imaginary land of “Alice in Wonderland”.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Quite literally this exhibition was highlighting the remarkable art of Marc Chagall as seen through the eyes of “Alice in Wonderland”.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumieres

We walked around in a daze, trying to figure out what we were seeing for the first few minutes.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Multiple similar images are being projected onto walls the color of chalk that are hundreds of feet in the air, in multiple rooms that look like they go on forever.  I think they purposely don’t tell you what to expect so that you can wander the halls and walkways in the rooms and have a visceral experience.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

The theme of Marc Chagall’s art was a perfect style choice with his stain-glass features, that were brought alive during the exhibition. We marveled at the rich color vibrancy illuminated on quarry walls. Periodically, they said that the exhibits change themes to different artists and each time the experience can be completely different, as the months before it was a Van Gogh multimedia art exhibit, a famous figure southern France.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

In fact, check out their website to see what is playing next. Take the opportunity to discover their two immersive exhibitions devoted to Bosch, Brueghel, & Arcimboldo or Georges Méliès!  You just never know what they will be playing next!

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and the Carrieres de Lumieres

Photo by Carrieres de Lumieres

The new show called Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo: Fantastique et Merveilleux opens March 4, 2017 and runs until Jan 7, 2018!

Unfortunately, I don’t feel that my words or even my photographs can do justice to the experience that you will have when entering the massive limestone quarry in Les Baux, France. However, I can completely recommend it and thought it was the most amazing experience, almost like going to a concert or art show where you are in a different world.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Once emerging from the darkness, we made our way up the hill to the beginning of the rock-hewn hamlet of Les Baux, a city I had visited before but was ready to conquer once again.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

It is a city that is built on the top of a hill that you ascend while admiring its shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

The white limestone from the quarry was used to build Les Baux and other villages in Southern France.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Today, it is more of a village for tourists, but it has somehow managed to keep its charm.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Ascending the cobblestone streets, you will explore the picturesque village, that was painstakingly restored.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

As you make your way to the top, you will see that it is crowned by castle ruins.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

What is it? Carrieres de Lumieres in Les Baux de Provence, 2000 images are projected onto the walls and floor of a vast old stone quarry, their movement choreographed to dramatic music. The new show opens March 4 and runs until Jan 7, 2018.

Where is it? Les Baux de Provence,  France of 2000 images are projected onto the walls and floor of a vast old stone quarry, their movement choreographed to dramatic music.

Where is it? The Carrières de Lumières are located in the Val d’Enfer, a stone’s throw from Les Baux, France.

How much does it cost? Tickets are 24€ and can be purchased here.

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Come along with me as I explore Les Baux, France and Carrieres de Lumiere

Disclosure:   My visit to Les Beau & Carrieres de Lumieres was sponsored by Viking River Cruises, however the thrilling experience I had was all my own!

 

I bet the Vikings didn’t have as much fun as we had on our Viking Longship!

Want to know what Viking River Cruises are like?

Here are a few more articles written about Viking Cruises:

Highlights of a Danube River Christmas Market Cruise

Christmas Market Cruise – A Dream Come True

Portraits of Southern France: Viking Tours

Nine Easy Reasons Why You Should Take A Viking Ocean Cruise 

Let the Romance Begin in South France

(47) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Guru - Reply

    May 5, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Pictures are awesome on the blog.

  • Stacie - Reply

    May 5, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Oh wow. We’ve been to France a couple of times, but we never saw this. We’ll have to make sure we get here on our next trip to Europe.

    • Cacinda Maloney - Reply

      May 6, 2017 at 9:07 am

      It is very cool and a must-do in the region of Provence.

  • Joely Smith - Reply

    May 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Wow just simply stunning, amazing, awe-inspiring! THIS is the kind of trip I would LOVE to go on. Every part of it!

  • Ali Rost - Reply

    May 5, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I can’t believe how cool all of the artwork is. People who can create like this are my heroes. It’s a place I could have stayed all day simply soaking in its goodness!

  • TIm B - Reply

    May 6, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Wow these are impressive works of art! I’m never going to make it here to see them myself so really enjoyed scrolling through your pictures.

    • Cacinda Maloney - Reply

      May 6, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Well, you never know! But being your inspiration is my pleasure.

  • Karissa - Reply

    May 6, 2017 at 7:14 am

    So much to see! I love your photos – makes me want to go too!

  • Kelly Hutchinson - Reply

    May 6, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I have never been to France, but I would just love to. These photos made me want to go so badly.

    • Cacinda Maloney - Reply

      May 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      You must pick up and GO! Viking is a fun way to do it!

  • Tiffany Hathorn - Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 12:38 am

    These are such beautiful photos! Makes me want to go.

  • Victoria Heckstall - Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 3:39 am

    I totally love all of your photos! Those are really stunning and great art! That is pretty impressive.

  • Rebecca Swenor - Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 4:33 am

    These are some awesome painting and the displays are gorgeous too. I would love to visit here someday. Thanks for sharing all the beauty.

  • Olfa Turki - Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

    I have to see this in person! We are 75% sure of a trip to France before the end of this year. If plans push through, I am going to make sure we visit this and experience the unique way to present their art!

    • Cacinda Maloney - Reply

      May 12, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Fantastic! Be sure and visit Les Baux, France and the Carrieres de Lumieres!

  • Amanda Farris - Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 5:58 am

    I have never left the US— but these pictures are amazing! I feel like I’ve visited there through your blog!

  • runforlife - Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 9:03 am

    This looks like an amazing experience. The artwork is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your trip, it is something that I would love to do one day.

  • Shirley Martinez - Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 11:03 am

    amazing works of art! I hope to travel the world one day and must remember to visit these places.

  • Lynndee - Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 11:55 am

    That place is simply amazing! I can’t help but admire everything – from the architecture to the flowers…everything! Would love to visit that place someday.

  • ricci - Reply

    May 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    What an awesome experience! I would love to take a Viking Cruise and explore one day!!

    • Cacinda Maloney - Reply

      May 8, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Viking River Cruises are wonderful and this is one of their best excursions in my opinion!

  • Lily@militaryfamofeight - Reply

    May 8, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Wow this place is really amazing! And the pictures are so stunning. Oh i would love to visit here. 🙂

    • Cacinda Maloney - Reply

      May 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      It was awesome! I loved it!

    • Cacinda Maloney - Reply

      May 8, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Viking River Cruises are wonderful and this is one of their best excursions in my opinion!

  • Jennifer G - Reply

    May 8, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Your photos really make me want to visit! Quite impressive works of art.

  • Aduke Schulist - Reply

    May 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Wow. That is beautiful, but almost a little eerie at the same time. I’d love to do a photo shoot inside there!

  • Mimi Green - Reply

    May 8, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    This looks extremely cool. I would so go and check out an exhibit like this. I love for things that are outside of the norm.

  • Kiwi - Reply

    May 9, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Thanks for sharing your recent travel recap. I love the artistic vibes of this!

  • Paula Schuck - Reply

    May 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Absolutely love exhibits like this! What a great idea for a trip.

  • Chrissy Willer - Reply

    May 9, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    The arts were amazing, Looking at it, I feel like I was in the other world. Hahaha

    • Cacinda Maloney - Reply

      May 12, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Yes, the arts are amazing! I love this place! Viking River Cruises can take you there on one of their excursions from the Southern France cruise.

Please leave a Comment...