Luberon windows #Luberon #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence
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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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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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Bliss Travels food and Wine #BlissFR @PerfProvence
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Exclusive Interview Bliss Travels Wendy Jaeger

Contributor blog post by Ginger and Nutmeg: American-born Wendy Jaeger admits that France is in her soul. The founder of Bliss Travels met with Nutmeg for coffee, in the Luberon, to chat about the company’s culinary and wine vacations. On the outside, it looks like Jaeger did a complete 180-degree turn …

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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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Old fortifications and tower #AixenProvence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreTrips and Tour Guides

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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Gout et Voyage Luberon Weekend Travel Tips
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How to Spend a Luberon Weekend in Goût et Voyage Style

Martine Bertin-Peterson is intrepid; she had a window of 90 minutes of “downtime” between her back-to-back tour groups, yet she agreed to meet me for a glass of rosé. Beneath the walls of the immense Palais des Papes, in Avignon, we chatted about her food and wine excursions in Provence. …

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Provence Vine Tours with Culinaire's Linda Garson @PerfProvence
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Provence Vine Tours with Culinaire’s Linda Garson

This article was originally posted on  Ginger and Nutmeg: Linda Garson spent her youth in Manchester, in the United Kingdom, a place best known for soccer matches and beer-filled celebrations, not necessarily for wine expertise. A visual communications graduate, Linda relocated to Canada (Calgary) in 2003 on a contract with Trade UK …

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Markets in Provence #Markets #TastesofProvence @PerfProvence
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Pitcher and Powell International Culinary Tours

Originally posted on Ginger and Nutmeg’s food and travel blog: Recently launched, Pitcher and Powell is a travel concept that combines the creative talents and cooking passions of two accomplished ladies. Even their last names work well together! Barbara Pitcher is a Canadian by birth, with an international spirit, she is …

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Fenestrelle Tower and Saint Theodorit Catherdral #Uzes @bfblogger2015
Barefoot BloggerExploreTrips and Tour Guides

A Dream Vacation in the South of France

Contributor blog post by Deborah Bine: I’m feeling pretty smug these days that I get to live in the South of France. I’m sorry, but it’s true. I feel like I’m the luckiest person in the world to be here. Lately I’ve had more good luck to be included in the …

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Hello Apollo @ToursofNice #Nice06
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreTrips and Tour Guides

Food and Walking tours of Nice in Italian and English

Bilingual guide Chiara Orlandi grew up in the heart of Italy, in Umbertide, a place that she still holds dear in her heart even after several years away in the United Kingdom and Edinburgh, Scotland. Orlandi studied event management at Edinburgh’s Napier University, her second Masters (her previous degrees are …

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