Many of our guests at Bastide Le Amis ( are fascinated by some of the local residents and, although low key as they go about their daily life without hindrance. We’ve called this: Something Different: The ‘Hello’/’Paris Match’ Tour. It is a little tongue in cheek. But fun, not tacky. It’s basically a celeb hunt, and done with the right intent, not intrusive at all. Provence and the Luberon is a haven for many stars, celebrities and people who are famous for being famous. However, our area prides itself on the privacy it affords it’s residents and consequently, the viewing is not nearly as spectacular as towns such as St Tropez or the Cote d’Azur. This little peek (over the next few posts) will focus into the lives of people more famous than ourselves:

o Ridley Scott, Film Director and Producer

o John Malkovitch, Actor

o ‘A Good Year’, the movie starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley


o Pierre Cardin, Fashion Designer and iconic French figure

o Yves Rousset-Rouard, Film Director and Producer, Mayor of Menerbes

Let’s kick off with Ridley Scott!

Ridley Scott

Russell Crowe starred in Ridley Scott's Gladiator. Scott also has a production company - Scott Free Films.

The Oscar-winning Director (Gladiator, etc) has a largish estate between Oppede and Menerbes. He visits it once a year but he is notorious in the area for the ‘story of the chickens’. Briefly, his neighbour is an Avignon academic with a smallholding and the proud owner of a few chickens. Each morning the cock woke Scott with his crowing and he made no less than six attempts in a local court to have the chickens wiped out. After the sixth court had thrown the application out, the magistrate lost patience and told Scott that he may not bring his chicken case to court again. Undaunted, Scott offered his neighbour €60,000 to dispose of his chickens. The result? The professor regarded this as an insult and purchased another 30 chickens which still crow in the morning. The only loser in the case has been Scott’s popularity with the local population!

If you come across the Scott Estate in your ramblings, you will see that it is complete with lawns between the vines and a Provençal garden which could only have come from a coffee table book. Peep through the gates – its pretty impressive. Entrance, naturally, is prohibited.


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