Christmas in Provence @privateprovence
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Spend Christmas in Provence Market and Truffle Tour

Bilingual guide Emily Durand and the owner of Your Private Provence is running a holiday tour in Provence from December 16-22, 2016. This “Christmas market and truffle tour” is a small group tour for a maximum of eight (8) guests. You can view the full itinerary here. Why would you want to sign up for …

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Luberon windows #Luberon #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreTrips and Tour Guides

Exploring Provence’s Luberon with Bliss Travels

The forecast was for sweltering weather, those blue sky-cicada-filled days that scream for poolside lounging in Provence. As I packed the car, I wondered (again) why I was joining a Bliss Travels trip with founder Wendy Jaeger? I do not consider myself a “tour” person – what would the group …

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Saffron Harvest Provence #TastesofProvence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal ProducersTaste

Farm Visit to le Moulin de Jarjayes Understanding Saffron in Provence

In October, the Provencal sun takes its time rising above the horizon, like an old dog mentally weighing the effort of its next move. In the Jabron Valley, at 600 meters, about 10 kilometres from Sisteron, autumn mornings can be particularly frosty with single digit temperatures. However, the saffron harvest …

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Aioli Recipe #TastesofProvence @GingerandNutmeg
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFish & SeafoodMain CourseRecipesTaste

Aioli On Fridays in Provence

Aïoli is the name of a garlic mayonnaise. Aïoli is also a traditional Provencal dish that was typically served on Fridays. The classic dish le grand “Aïoli” Provençal is served with salted cod and potatoes.

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Orange Place de la Republique #Vaucuse #TravelinProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreWhere the "locals" Go

Travel Provence Local’s Tips for your visit to the City of Orange

Located a short distance from Avignon (21km) and neighbouring the Rhone Valley vineyards, Orange is an agricultural working town, in the Vaucluse, with a UNESCO World Heritage classification – since 1981. Founded by the Romans in 35BC and the Celtics before them, Orange’s former glory is evidenced by the monumental …

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Elegant dining #TastesofProvence @PerfProvence
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Provencal Menu: Autumn Dinner Party

After a long stretch of scorching summer days, cooler autumn weather in Provence offers a chance to serve warm, hearty meals. Fall mornings wrapped in a cloth of humidity with heavy dew and fog clouding the early hours until the sun does its work. With the hard work finished for …

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Eygalieres an Authentic Village in Provence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreRoad Trip Ideas

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
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreProvencal HistoryTrips and Tour Guides

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
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreTrips and Tour Guides

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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