Getting Lost Provence
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Getting Lost in Provence

Contributor blog post by Susan Guillory: What started out as a 45-minute round trip walk to see an 800-year-old bridge turned into a three-hour adventure. Karen, Cathy, Rose, and I — all alumni from last year’s retreat — took a few photos of the ancient bridge (not all that exciting after …

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Travel Tips: 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Nice, France

Contributor blog post by Susan Guillory: Eighteen years ago, when I was but a wee lass in college having her first tour of Europe, I and my then-boyfriend landed in Nice. We visited no museums. We had little money. And yet, the memories of those few days have stayed with me …

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Paspus Mountains Provence
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Paspus: A Page Out of History in Provence

Contributor blog post by Susan Guillory: You hear the term “stepping back in time,” but you can’t truly grasp the meaning until you experience it yourself. I first visited Paspus, a mountain top across from Saorge (and a cool 2400 in elevation), two years ago when my mountain man invited me …

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The Village of Saorge Returning to the Familiar in the Alpes Maritimes

Contributor blog post by Susan Guillory: Have you ever loved a town so much that you wanted to visit it again and again? For me, that place is the Village of Saorge. A couple of years ago, when I visited Provence with my family, I stumbled onto this tiny town, call the Tibet …

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Monaco A Most Surprising Little Country on the French Riviera

Contributor blog post by Susan Guillory: At the southern most tip of France lies another country: Monaco. You can drive by it on the interstate above and see it in its entirety. There are only 38,000 citizens (the population of my hometown) in the entire country. Rose and I couldn’t resist …

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What Happens When Travel Bloggers Unite

Contributor blog post by Susan Guillory: A few years ago when I spent a month in Provence, I looked for blogs about Provence where I could guest contribute. One site was Perfectly Provence. The site owner, Carolyne Kauser-Abbott, was very welcoming and encouraged me to write to my heart’s content. We …

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Published New Book, Searching for Peter Mayle’s Provence

Contributor blog post by Susan Guillory: After a year and a half of writing it (and mostly ignoring it), my most recent book, Searching for Peter Mayle’s Provence, is live in the Kindle store! It’s a sweet little collection of stories that are, I hope, humorous takes on my five …

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Meeting People in Provence @Unxplorer
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The Characters of My Travels: Eliza Doolittle in Provence

Contributor blog post by Susan Payton: She sat in the corner of the bar, her face flushed with drink underneath her mop of gray shaggy hair. I paid little attention to her as we plopped down at the bar. We greeted Laurence, the bar owner, who we’d met a few …

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10 things about Provence @Unxplorer
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10 Things I Miss About Provence

Contributor blog post by Susan Payton @ the Unexplorer: One year ago, I was sipping rosé in Pignans. It still feels unbelievable. Here’s what I’m missing about my time in Provence. 1. The Food. Everything tastes better in France. Or maybe just anywhere but the US. The bread, the butter, …

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One Year Later: What a Month in Provence Taught Me

Last spring, I spent five glorious weeks in Provence, first in the not-so-interesting town of Pignans, then in Saorge, the fairytale village we fell in love with. Whenever I see one of the hundreds of photos I took on that trip, I remember it fondly, though it still feels like …

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