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!

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

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

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

 

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 is 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

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!

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