Place d'Albertas Aix-en-Provence by Curious Provence
Ashley TinkerExploreTrips and Tour Guides

Take a Guided Tour of Aix en Provence

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Last Saturday Robin and I took a guided tour of Aix en Provence with Frédéric Paul. A Tour Guide Local with Passion for Sharing History A rising television star and truly passionate about history, Frédéric aims to share insights into the history of his …

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Learn French ABCs
Ashley TinkerExploreProvencal History

How to Learn your French ABCs in 1896

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: I came across this document in a pile of papers in a French flea market. It’s dated 1896. I find details like this really indicative of their time and culture. For example, the imagery of a military hat, canon, soldiers, rifle, and sword are most …

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Transhumance #StRemy @CuriousProvence
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Transhumance at St Remy de Provence: a sea of sheep

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Robin and I drove over the Alpilles to see the Transhumance pass through the town of Saint Remy de Provence. The Transhumance is when, in the Spring, the sheep from the southern plains are led back up to the cooler mountains to graze on …

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May 1st in Provence @CuriousProvence
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May 1st in Provence: Arlésiennes et Gardians

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Le Fête des Gardians is the annual festival in Arles celebrating the lifestyle and traditions of the gardians (basically the French version of cowboys that rear bulls for delicious daube provençal). There’s an enormous parade, blessings of the animals, a queen is elected and …

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Events Story Beauty Salon
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New Beauty Salon Events Story in Aix-en-Provence

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: How sexy are you feeling today? Events Story: A Beauty Salon with Character Events Story is a beauty salon in Marseille. It has just opened up a new salon right in the centre of Aix en Provence. Sisters Sonia and Linda have created a …

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Flea Market Finds Vintage Mirror
Ashley TinkerBoutique

A Provencal Flea Market Find a Vintage Mirror

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: A flea market find! I couldn’t resist this lovely vintage mirror decorated with old postcards. I had promised myself to stop buying vintage postcards at French flea markets, but this could be characterized as a mirror… n’est-ce-pas? What is the Origin? I originally thought …

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French Tongue Twisters
Ashley TinkerExpat Living

Try to Master These French Tongue Twisters

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: During one of my first jobs here in France, one of my colleagues challenged me to learn these French tongue twisters. I found this crumpled piece of paper in a pile of forgotten souvenirs under the bed the other day. I was compelled to …

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The Forcalquier Market In Provence
Ashley TinkerMarketsTaste

The Forcalquier Market In Pictures

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Forcalquier market is just as beautiful as many other large Provençal markets. It’s in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region and is located close to Valensole. If you vacation around this area, your visit will most likely include the Gorges du Verdon as well. If you’re lucky, you’ll …

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Bonnieux pottery market
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Not to be Missed Easter Bonnieux Pottery Market

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: The pottery market at Bonnieux is one of the many events happening this upcoming Easter weekend in Provence. This is one of my favourite pottery markets not only for the artists but for the location. Bonnieux is one of the hilltop towns located in the …

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Happy Easter #Provence @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerCurrent EventsExplore

Joyeuse Pâques! Easter in Provence

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: The bakeries are full of hand made chocolate, the church bells have stopped ringing last Thursday only to burst to life on Sunday morning, and just about everyone is planning a large meal that is sure to include some local lamb and spring veggies. The …

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