Fontvieille lavoir #ProvenceHistory Laundry @PerfProvence
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Provencal Laundry all Washed up in France’s Lavoirs

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Water sloshes against the sides of the shallow stone basin of the lavoir as weathered hands vigorously scrub at stubborn stains. Kneeling on their augets washerwomen exchange tidbits of town gossip as they work to brighten their laundry. Before communal lavoirs, washing was done at …

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Lunch in Orange @OurhouseinProvence
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Outing to Orange and Lunch at l’Arausio

Contributor blog post by Michel: One Sunday several weeks back, friend Alain who with wife Mimi own the epicerie in Sablet, asked me if we were free Monday afternoon. I replied yes, and he said they would pick us up in front of the boulangerie at 11:45 on Monday, a …

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Picasso Walk @Aixcentric
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En Balade: Picasso Special Section

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The new ‘En Balade’ published by La Provence is a must for those who love the south of France. In tracing Picasso’s favourite places, it has sections on Arles, Sorgues, Aix, Les Baux, St Tropez, Mougins, Antibes and so on. Each section has a good …

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Transhumance #StRemy @PerfProvence
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History of Transhumance in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: If you are lucky enough to be in Provence in time for the traditional movement of sheep and livestock (spring and fall) you might catch a transhumance as the animals head to greener pastures. Although, this is really for tourists and kids now it remains …

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Sacred Site St Baume @MirabeauWine
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Sacred site of Sainte-Baume

Contributor blog post by Victoria Koning @MirabeauWine: With its mythical and ancient forest, the sacred site of Sainte-Baume is one of the oldest religious sites in the Western world. According to the ancient Greeks, Romans and Ligurians, it was inhabited by the goddess of fertility. It is believed that Mary …

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Lacoste, from the Marquis de Sade to Pierre Cardin
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Lacoste, from the Marquis de Sade to Pierre Cardin

Contributor blog post by Michel: Lacoste is a well-preserved village that sits on a mountain ridge with great views to the east across a valley filled with vineyards and orchards to Bonnieux and the Grand Luberon Mountains. At the top of the village are the ruins of the castle of …

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Merindol #Luberon #Provence @PerfProvence
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Massacre in Merindol Provence’s Dark History

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Blinded by the hues of lavender shutters. Gently numbed by a glass or two of chilled local rosé. It would be easy to overlook the hamlet of Mérindol during a visit to Provence. The Luberon region is brimming with villages laying claim to le plus …

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La Chartreuse #Avignon @chartreusecnes @PerfProvence
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La Chartreuse Avignon’s Neighbour

There is more to Avignon than the Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon, just across the Rhone River is an old monastery called la Chartreuse in Villeneuve les Avignon. Read about La Chartreuse a beautiful restored structure that is now state owned and is the home of the Centre National …

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Baguette in Provence @AccessRiviera
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The Curious Case of Le Pain Maudit

Contributor blog post by Access Riviera: This month’s contribution to #AllAboutFrance blog link up (hosted by Lou Messugo) was inspired by a conversation with a man I bump into often at a cafeteria where I regularly go. He is an unassuming pleasant man who is brimming with interesting stories and he …

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Birthdays and Saint Holidays @AccessRiviera
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Birthdays and the Calendar of Saints

Contributor Blog Post by Access Riviera: Becks recently celebrated her birthday – Happy belated to @AccessRiviera! She also shares some great information on the Calendar of Saints… Today is my birthday (Becks, not Access Riviera’s), hooray to me! Today I share my birthday – 27 January – with Saint Angèle……..WHO …

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