Banon Village Provence Cobblestone Vineyards
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Banon the Prettiest Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Village of Them All?

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: At the top of Banon, located in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, there is the prettiest group of houses all bedecked with flowers, whose colors change depending on the season. This is absolutely one of the most photogenic spots if you are looking for charm.Additionally, as …

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Sunflowers Provence Tournesols France
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Sunflowers in Provence Why We Love The French Tournesols

Provençal postcards, Pinterest boards and Instagram are filled with photos of sunny sunflowers. Long before the Internet these beautiful flowers inspired Vincent Van Gogh to paint a still life series called Tournesols (Sunflowers). He painted the first of the group in 1887, in Paris, and then later (1888-89) in Arles. …

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Halloween activities French Riviera
Current EventsExploreRebecca Whitlocke

SPOOKTACULAR! Halloween activities and events on the French Riviera

Contributor blog post by Access Riviera: Happy Halloween! Halloween, usually celebrated on 31st October each year, has slowly been gathering steam since I first moved to France, but for expats who are used to lots of activities and events during Halloween you’ll have to remember that it isn’t a traditionally …

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Fishing Sablet Lake
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Gone Fishing at the Lake of Sablet in the Vaucluse

Contributor blog post by Michel: This summer, daughter Stephanie and family spent several weeks visiting us in Sablet. Her husband Earl and son Dylan love to fish together and hoped to fish while they were in Provence. Since I don’t fish, I didn’t know where to go, whether or not permits …

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What are the Tour de France 2018 Details and Route

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric; The Tour de France 2018 race will take place 7 – 29th July and the route has just been announced: not very good for Provence this time round but I suppose we have been spoiled in the past; and there will be a F1 Grand …

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Mediterranean Cruise Shore Excursions
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Mediterranean Cruise Shore Excursions: The French Riviera

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: I’ve been asking Nancy McGee of Absolutely Southern France Tours to tell me all about her Mediterranean cruise shore excursions. There are several of you who have contacted the Barefoot Blogger for information. Read on and learn about going ashore along the French Riviera. Even …

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Penitents Chapels Nice Saint Sepulcre
Chiara OrlandiExploreProvencal History

Exploring the Four Chapels of the Penitents in Nice

The Penitents refers to a Christian movement dating back to the 4th century. During this time, those who confessed a grave sin were assigned a penance, a means by which your sin could be forgiven. This penance, assigned by a Bishop, could assume the form of repairing a church, helping the poor …

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Sunflowers Fields Provence
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Sunflower Fields are Special Places of Beauty in Provence

Contributor blog post by Michel: Friday, July 21, and we were on the road to find a good vantage point to watch the Tour de France near Lauris. As we drove toward the town of Orange to get on the A-7 autoroute, we came upon a huge field of sunflowers. …

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Renart Chantecler Foxes Roosters
ExploreMargo Lestz

Renart and Chantecler: Two Animals that Shaped French Culture and Language

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: A few months ago, I wrote about the Gallic rooster and how it became the symbol of France. Then William Bahr, an online friend with whom I share an interest in the French Revolution, asked me why the rooster was called Chantecler. This caused me to do a …

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Avignon Jardin des Doms
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A visit to Avignon and the Jardin des Doms during the Festival of Avignon

Contributor blog post by Michel: When we go to Avignon, we try to park at the Hotel Mercure garage because the stairs exit close to the Popes’ Palace. Right next to the stairway, is the Hôtel des Monnaies (mint), the earliest private Baroque monument in Avignon. It sits opposite the main entrance …

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