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“5th time there and 1st time disappointed...”

Carrieres de Lumieres
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Owner description: In the heart of Alpilles, the monumental “Carrières de Lumières” host extraordinary multimedia shows which are unique in the world. Spectators are totally immersed in the images projected onto all the surfaces of the rock. The ground is completely covered, too, and becomes a vast carpet of images.The site has reopened its doors with the show “Gauguin - Van Gogh, painters of colour”, created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi with Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi.
St. Petersburg, Russia
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“5th time there and 1st time disappointed...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

First time I have visited this place in 2002 and I fell in love .. I tried to plan my vacation routes to visit this magical cave. I have seen several shows and every time I was impressed as well as my parents and friends. This year I knew that the proprietor has changed...Well, anyway it is the same idea and the show is devoted to great french artists... But I was suprised and disappointed.. Turnstile, queue, small side door to enter inspite of giant natural entrance, absolute darkness when enter ( with a baby..it was a shock!!), breaks in the show, quality of images...and strange 2 minutes film between artists' presentation. They have increased the cave inner space, and now it is too big for perception. New lights added and people's shades are everywhere. No foto/video, before it was allowed. They switch on the light every time the presentation is over! Before it was non-stop perfomance in a magical cave, now - huge screen presentation. Quarry instead of Cathedral. It is like the spirit was taken away.. I really sorry about that, without this cave Les BEAUX would be just a lovely french village like many others, and I would not came back here. It was not only my opinion...
Anyway, it is worth seeing maybe just because of the idea which is really great! And I would like to thank the creators and those who has been making the perfomance for more than 30 years.

Visited September 2012
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“Stupendous light show”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

OMG. We were absolutely enthralled with this light show in an old bauxite mine. It was mind blowingly beautiful and we didn't want to leave. Please please make an effort to find this amazing spectacle on your visit to les Baux. We found it quite difficult to find, but was worth walking the few hundred meters arround the corner to find it

Visited September 2012
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“lacks coherence as art exhibit, and physically weird...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

...unpleasant in every way. The video projections on the cave walls are, by the nature of the medium, thin and watery -- lacking any sense of meaning related to the art.

Many have commented on their amazement at the giant cave walls being illuminated with the art....well, that is true. It is indeed giant cave walls illuminated with images. ok.

there are moments inbetween the "shows" where the lights are off, and with the uneven flooring and dark cave structure, it is not possible to see your hand in front of your face. This part was sort of interesting. But be careful about stumbling in the potholes (the floor is compacted dirt). And bring a sweater.

We were just completely underwhelmed by this exhibit. But we did get some laughs from the absurdity of it, along with the stumbling out of the place and a 'what the....??"

Visited August 2012
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“Mesmerising Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

It was a captivating experience and very hard to leave the huge, cavernous quarry. An amazing audio visual experience with van Gogh paintings projected on the walls, roof and floors of the multi chamber space. I am not sure as to how often the theme is changed.

Visited November 2012
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“A must visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

A truly fabulous experience in an extremely unexpected location. Frankly, I was surprised to encounter the performance of such a high technical quality in the middle of nowhere.

Visited May 2012
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