Eygalieres an Authentic Village in Provence @PerfProvence
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Eygalieres an Authentic Village in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: The key to understanding Provence is to spend some quality time in historical villages such as Eygalières. The town is tiny compared to its neighbours, with a population of only 1830 (pop. census 2008). The village site as it is known today began to take shape …

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Mur de la Peste #Luberon #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence
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Mur de la Peste a Rocky Trail in Provence’s History

Over 100,000 people (some estimates as high as 126,000) died in Provence between 1720 and 1722, including almost 50% of Marseille’s population some 46,000 inhabitants. All in the name of commerce. The Grand Saint-Antoine arrived in Marseille’s port on May 25, 1720, from Syria (previously Levan), the vessel was late, …

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Daube Provencal #Recipe @CuriousProvence
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A Spicy Twist on Daube à la Provençal

Daube – Provence’s answer to Beef Bourguignon. This is a perfect recipe for a crisp autumn day or winter meal. Serve with a baguette and simple green salad, and of course some Provencal wine.

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Travel in Provence #ExploreProvence @SophiesProvence
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Getting to Know Rhone Valley Wine and Food with Travel in Provence

Sophie Bergeron began developing her palette early on, at four years old, when her grandfather first introduced her to wine tasting. Sophie’s grandfather ran a vineyard in Algeria before immigrating to France in 1962; she tell us that “He loved the grape concentrations in Mediterranean style wines.” It seems that …

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Old fortifications and tower #AixenProvence @PerfProvence
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Aix en Provence Walking Tour Discovery Beyond the Ordinary

Frédéric Paul is the founder of Le Visible est Invisible, a company that offers guided tours in Aix en Provence and the region. What he hopes to demonstrate to clients during the walking tours is that the history of Provence is in your face, but you need to be ready …

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EXPO-ASHLEY-TINKER @CuriousProvence
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Photographer Ashley Tinker Foraging in Provence

Admittedly the first time I met Ashley Tinker I was a bit distracted, nine (9!) of my girlfriends were visiting Provence, and I was attempting to keep everyone on schedule. Subsequently, I discovered more about Ashley via her blog Curious Provence – a good name for her limitless marvel at the …

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Roasted lamb shoulder Prep #CooknwithClass @PerfProvence
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Easy Recipe for Roasted Lamb Shoulder

This lamb can be served with virtually any vegetables, seasonal, or simply your favourites. Potato, turnip, and parsnip make a wonderful alternative or mashed as an additional side to the traditional mirepoix.

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Patricia Sands Author Cote d'Azur @patricia_sands
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Book Giveaway! Patricia Sands Love in Provence Series

Patricia Sands is one of those people you cannot get enough of, she is warm, open and always ready for a discovery. Bitten by the European travel bug at age 21, Sands spent a year backpacking and exploring local cultures, many miles away from her home in Toronto. Through life’s …

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View #Gordes Hotel Petit Palais d'Aglae @petitpalaisdaglae
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Le Petit Palais d’Aglaé Gordes New Boutique Hotel

Cantilevered to a Luberon hillside are the striking remains of an ancient oppidum and its defensive dry-stone walls; Gordes can rightly boast about its ranking among les Plus Beaux Villages de France. However, at the height of Provence’s tourist season this town, with its single thoroughfare, becomes a ghastly traffic …

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Art in Place Massena @margo_lestz
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Curious Histories of Nice by Margo Lestz

The funny thing about life and travel is that we are often more curious about a new environment than our status-quo location. According to Margo Lestz, “Life in a foreign country is never dull and each day is a new learning experience.” She launched her blog The Curious Rambler in 2012 …

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