Gamelles d’Ouvrier @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Curious Find: The 1950s French Lunchbox

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Trouvé: Gamelles d’Ouvrier We’ve found this three gamelles (containers used to carry food) at various vide greniers in nearby villages. They are usually sold by older French ladies that can tell you a little of what they used to put into these boxes for …

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Lavender wands @ProvencePost
Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of FranceThe Provence Post

Love Provencal Lavender? Try This!

Contributor blog post by Julie Mautner: Game on! The lavender is finally in bloom in Provence and over the next month or so I hope to share with you a couple fun ways you can experience it. Here’s one… Born in Paris, Elsa Lenthal now lives in Les Baux de …

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Savon de Marseille #Soap #Marseille #SavondeMarseille @PerfProvence
Lifestyle: Art & CulturePhilippe GoninetShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Best Savons de Marseille in Provence

Contributor blog post by Philippe Goninet: Since the 17th Century, Marseille has been a leading manufacturer of the soap know as « Savon de Marseille ». In 1688, King Louis XIV established the rules for the production of the savon de Marseille. He required the use of large cauldrons and pure olive …

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caprice vintage shopping #Nice06 @bestofniceblog
Allison CoeLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

The Golden Ring of Vintage Shopping in Old Nice

Contributor blog post by Allison @Best of Nice: If you like vintage glamour, second-hand chic, discount designer duds and unique fashion finds, put on your shopping shoes and head to Old Nice.  Here is a circuit over just a couple of blocks where bargain hunters will find their bonheur in boutiques ranging from vintage to retro thrift …

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Brocante and Lily of the Valley @Vauclusedreamer
Julie WhitmarshLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

A Provencal day of Brocante and Lily of the Valley

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: From the middle of the week I could see that today was shaping up to be a busy day. Not that I had a list of things that had to be done, but more because I’d seen signs for 3 local ‘Vide Grenier’ events …

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@Vivrecotesud
Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of FranceThe Provence Post

Vivre Côté Sud is June 3 to 6 in Aix

Contributor blog post by Julie Mautner: The 18th edition of the popular design fair called Vivre Côté Sud takes place June 3 to 6 in the Parc Jourdan in Aix. As in years past, the exhibitors (250 or so of them) will be organized by theme, the cumulative effect being a delicious, over-the-top …

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Antiques Diva @Aixcentric
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Enterprising: Caren is an Antiques Diva

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Like many other women who arrive in Provence for a variety of reasons, Caren Trafford has been busy restyling her life: previously based in Sydney where she was an author of environmental books for children, she is now additionally becoming expert in the world of …

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Garden Furniture @Hildast
Hilda StearnLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Garden Furniture Impulse buy or 3 year search

Perhaps it is the weather or the hunt for a bargain that drives literally thousands of people to visit a brocante (second-hand markets) especially in the summer. Well-known places such as Isle-sur-la Sorgue seamlessly blend antiques with second hand goods. I have never known what is a bargain and what …

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Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Vide Greniers Provencal Style Garage Sales

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Always good for entertainment, and the odd little treasure are the vide greniers; France’s answer to garage sales. These are sales on a village scale, with a festive atmosphere. Typically, vendors secure a spot by paying a nominal fee to the local town hall (Marie).  The wares …

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Pottery in #Montpellier Ateliers Saint Roch @VaucluseDreamer
Julie WhitmarshLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Visiting a Potter in Montpellier

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Anyone who really knows me will say I’m not really a city person. I’ve always lived in small villages or on the edge of small market towns and although I enjoy spending the odd day in a large town or city – I usually can’t …

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