Learn French this Spring
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLearn French

Want to Learn French? Try Free Online Language Lessons This Spring

In the past, most language classes followed a similar scholastic approach, typically involving the memorisation of verbs, tenses and sentence structures. The process is the same whether students were attempting to conquer one of the romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian or Catalan), a Germanic tongue, a Slavic dialect or …

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One Sip at a Time Book by Keith Van Sickle
BooksBoutiqueCarolyne Kauser-Abbott

One Sip at a Time a Journey from Silicon Valley to St Remy de Provence

It took 20 visits to Provence before Keith Van Sickle, and his wife decided to make the region their part-time home. A Northern California native, Van Sickle spent his early years on an island in the San Francisco Bay – Alameda, California. “It’s a sleepy town, an oasis of 1950’s …

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Paul Shore Book Cover
BooksBoutiqueCarolyne Kauser-Abbott

Paul Shore Uncorks the Secrets of Pétanque – Provence Book

Almost two decades have passed since Paul Shore rented what he described as a “cave” in the famous hilltop village of Saint-Paul de Vence. The hamlet is known as the one-time home of painter Marc Chagall, and the place that also captivated the attention of Alexander Calder, Joan Miró and …

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Bespoke Wine Tour Provence Your Private Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreTrips and Tour Guides

Calling Wine Lovers! Join a Bespoke Wine Tour in Provence in September

Has Provence been on your travel bucket list for a while? Or, are you already a Provence fan looking for an experience away from the major tourist sights? Emily Durand, the founder of Your Private Provence, has created a wine-focused experience for an intimate group this September. Durand is an …

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Wattmobile electric scooter Pick-up
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreUnique Experiences

Enter This Free Giveaway! Wattmobile Electric Scooter Trial

Car companies and investors are spending billions in their attempts to place first in the electric vehicle battle – Elon Musk’s race is on. Maybe that was on his mind when entrepreneur David Lainé exited from Marseille’s St. Charles station one morning back in the summer of 2011 and noticed …

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Perfectly Provence Video Alpilles Mountains in Autumn
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore

Must Watch Video Tour in Perfectly Provence

It never gets easier to leave Provence, in fact, it might get harder each time. After several years of spending time in the region, it seems like my list of “must see and should do” just gets longer. Maybe it is because most days are highlighted by an endless sky. …

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Chateau Romanin panoramique View AOP Les Baux de Provence
AperoCarolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal Wines

Chateau Romanin Dedicated to Provence’s Long History of Wine

Occasionally, you catch a flash of the sun on the windows, a fleeting hint that something magical is taking place on the North side of the Alpilles. Initially, the meandering road that leads to Château Romanin parallels the Aéro-Club de Saint-Rémy les Alpilles glider runway. The striking backdrop of limestone fingers, the …

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Provence Christmas Menus cailles aux riz Recipes Tastes Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottHoliday MenusRecipesTaste

Provencal Christmas Menus by Cocoa and Lavender

Admittedly, it was his mouthwatering food photos and tempting wine pairings on Provence WineZine that first attracted me to David Scott Allen the face (and chef) behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. However, “food porn” alone is not enough to build a lasting friendship (although some …

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Truffles Provence Truffle Markets
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottCurrent EventsExploreTrips and Tour Guides

4 Days in Provence: Wine and Truffle Tour in January

Talk about a perfect January get-away! Emily Durand has created a three-night and four-day tour in the heart of Provence with a distinct focus on the best of the cooler season – wine and black truffles. The first month of the year in Provence you can (generally) count on brilliant …

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Cooking by Yvan Gilardi Toquadom
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottCooking ClassesTaste

Take a Kitchen Holiday in Provence with Toquadom a Chef at Home

Yvan Gilardi has lived in Provence for over 20 years, but his grounding in French cuisine comes from the degree he earned at the École Hôtelière in Thonon-les-Bains, located in France’s Haute Savoie region. As a student of the intensive culinary program, he shared that his passion was for mastering pastry …

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