Noses Perfumers Oenology le Nez
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“The Noses” of Oenology and Perfumery

Contributor blog post by Victoria Koning @Mirabeau Wine During our visit to the Fragonard perfume factory in Grasse, we were quite impressed by the similarities between creating perfumes and creating wines. It’s especially poignant in the art of blending Provence rosés, which is incredibly technical to make. Our oenologists can …

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Phot’Aix
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Annual Photo Festival in Aix – Phot’Aix

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The 18th Phot’Aix is about to begin, both with a major exhibition and a trail which leads people around town from venue to venue. The major exhibition this year, Regards Croisés, features 5 contemporary Chinese and 5 French photographers working on similar themes: at the Cloitre …

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Auberge La Fenière Cuisine Libre Dessert
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Cuisine Libre at Auberge La Fenière a Book You are Going to Want to Eat

In September 2016, Jill Paider and Tasha Powell embarked on a journey from Los Angeles to the Auberge La Fenière in Provence. This artistic team (please read their bios below) packed their camera equipment and developed a photo shot list for the assignment. Their mission was to portray the essence …

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Antiques Art You L'Isle sur la Sorgue
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From Silver to Shrek – Antiques Art and You in L’Isle sur La Sorgue

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: I can’t help it – I love any opportunity to fuddle around an Antiques & Brocante market in France and over the August Bank Holiday weekend the Antiques Art and You Festival. It takes place in pretty L’Isle Sur La Sorgue and it’s now becoming rather …

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Provence Bastide Aix Flagship store Luxury Beauty Brand
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Bastide Luxury Beauty Brand Explores the Savoir Faire of Provence

Returning to Provence’s Art de Vivre Frédéric Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen are a power couple with great hair! They are also breathing new life into a beauty and lifestyle brand that epitomises the best of Provence – Bastide. Born in Provence, Fekkai’s career took him to the United States. …

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Nicolas de Stael Menerbes view Opede le Vieux
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Who was Artist Nicolas de Staël and his Connection to Le Castellet in Ménerbes

One trail always leads to another…and so my discovery that the cookery writer Elizabeth David lived for some months in a large house in Ménerbes far more associated with another famous name from the 1950s inevitably made me want out find out more about the artist Nicolas de Staël. Who …

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Côte d'Azur Shopping Fragonard Store Eze Village
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Côte d’Azur Shopping to Get Me Through The Winter Blues Back Home

I have the incredible luxury of spending time in France every summer. Starting in 2000, when my daughter was still in junior high, my husband and I made it our priority to travel to France every year (rather than remodel the kitchen or build a new deck). We loved Paris, …

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Jolie Vintage Atelier Crafting Workshops Goult
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Crafting Workshops in Goult at Jolie Vintage Atelier

Charming Provence Jolie vintage might be a good description for Goult. This village is one of a few in the Luberon that is not teeming with tourists, during the high season. In September 2015, Mimi and Michael Pillsbury purchased an old village house, as their new home and the base …

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Coffee Kiosk Starbucks Cannes
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A Starbucks-Shaped Hole in the Côte d’Azur

Contributor blog post by Jemma: Last week in Cannes I stumbled on the most stunning sight: Starbucks. Right there on Rue Jean Jaurès, the street extending along Cannes’ revamped train station. The vision was stunning in its most rudimentary sense: I was stunned. True, a few Starbucks already scatter around …

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Naturellement Paysan Farmers Cooperative Shop
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A Visit to Naturellement Paysan Farmers Cooperative Shop in Coustellet

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: I recently participated in a cooking class held by Jean Marc Villard of French Cuisine cooking classes in Maubec. Jean Marc, passionate about local produce, started the class by taking us to Naturellement Paysan, the local farmers cooperative in Coustellet. …Continue reading here for details …

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