Tramontane - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: French

Status: Ended

Runtime: 90 minutes

Premier: 1999-06-28

Tramontane - Winds of Provence - Netflix

The Winds of Provence, the region of southeast France along the Mediterranean from the Alps to the mouth of the Rhone River, are an important feature of Provençal life, and each one has a traditional local name, in the Provençal language. The most famous Provençal winds are: The Mistral, a cold dry north or northwest wind, which blows down through the Rhone Valley to the Mediterranean, and can reach speeds of ninety kilometers an hour. The Levant, a very humid east wind, which brings moisture from the eastern Mediterranean. The Tramontane, a strong, cold and dry north wind, similar to the Mistral, which blows from the Massif Central mountains toward the Mediterranean to the west of the Rhone. The Marin, a strong, wet and cloudy south wind, which blows in from the Gulf of Lion. The Sirocco, a southeast wind coming from the Sahara desert in Africa, can reach hurricane force, and brings either reddish dust or heavy rains. The Provençal names for the winds are very similar to the names in the Catalan language: Tramontane (Pr.) = Tramuntana (Catalan) Levant (Pr.) = Llevant (Catalan) Mistral (Pr.) = Mestral (Catalan)

Tramontane - Winds in Provençal culture - Netflix

The winds of Provence, particularly the Mistral, have long had an influence on the architecture of Provence. The mas traditionally faces southeast, with its back to the Mistral, and many Provençal churches have open iron grill bell towers, which allow the Mistral wind to pass through. The traditional Provençal Christmas creche often features one santon, or Provençal character, holding his hat and wearing a cape billowing from the Mistral. The Mistral also features in Provençal literature, and in the more recent novels of Marcel Pagnol.

Tramontane - References - Netflix