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Christmas Ideas from Provence

By late November, the Christmas markets in Provence are in full swing.

Individual cabanas decorated with festive trimmings line the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence. In a short walk, you can buy some gingerbread (pain d’épices) to go with your foie gras, stock up on a few santons for your crèche and have a glass of vin chaud.

At the food markets, tables groan under the weight of seasonal citrus and the ingredients for the traditional Provencal thirteen desserts (les Treize Desserts de Noël) served at Christmas.

There is no better time than December to visit some of the regional vineyard boutiques. With the hard work of harvest and wine making behind them, the staff let this year’s cépage rest in order to celebrate the season. At this time of year, the stores at vineyards such as Château d’Estoublon, Chateau la Coste, Domaine de Valdition and Val Joanis are so beautifully decorated with tempting gifts that you might just start believing in Santa Claus again.

If you are looking for a present that typifies the region here are 5 Christmas Presents from Provence.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM PERFECTLY PROVENCE

Christmas in Aix en Provence La Rotunde #AixenProvence @PerfProvence

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. She writes a weekly food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate. Her travel apps are found under the brand Edible Heritage. Carolyne also curates an e-commerce website for artisanal products of exceptional quality Atelier Boutiques

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