Provence Christmas Story
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The Provence Christmas Story a Tale of the Santons

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: You may know the traditional Biblical Christmas story, but in Provence, there is a bit more to it. The Provence Christmas story is told in a Nativity play called a pastorale. It incorporates the main details of the traditional Nativity but sets it in a …

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buche de noel bûche de Noël
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Christmas in Provence Traditions: What is a bûche de Noël?

Contributor blog post by Phoebe Thomas: The Christmas meal in France, eaten on the evening of the 24th of December, wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t end with a delicious dessert of bûche de Noël, but what exactly is a bûche de Noël? Literally translated bûche de Noël means Christmas …

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Happy Easter #Provence @CuriousProvence
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Joyeuse Pâques! Easter in Provence

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: The bakeries are full of hand made chocolate, the church bells have stopped ringing last Thursday only to burst to life on Sunday morning, and just about everyone is planning a large meal that is sure to include some local lamb and spring veggies. The …

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Provencal Christmas Vin Cuit and croquants
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Provençal Christmas Wine Pairing Vin Cuit and Sweet Croquets

Contributor blog post by David Scott Allen @Provence WineZine: I must tell you that I have never tasted a wine like this before, and yet there is something so familiar in every sip.  It’s akin to meeting someone for the first time, yet feeling in your heart that you have known …

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Merry Christmas from Provence @CuriousProvence
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Merry Christmas from Provence!

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: The cafes are full inside and out today in Provence as everyone enjoys the mild weather. The baker is furiously making fougasse/pompe à l’huile for tomorrow, the local epicerie can’t seem to keep fresh medjool dates (that melt in your mouth!) and clementines on the …

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Christmas in Uzes @Bfblogger2015
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Christmas in Uzes? Here’s a Preview

Contributor blog post by Deborah Bine: This year I plan to stay in France for the Christmas holiday. Friends say there’s nothing in the world quite like it. One year I was in Uzes until late December so I got a hint of how special the atmosphere is around here. …

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Cypress trees in #Provence @margo_lestz
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Secret Language of Cypress Trees in Provence

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Slender, conical cypress trees are everywhere in Provence, but there is more to them than meets the eye. These ubiquitous trees may have a hidden meaning depending on where and how they are planted. …Continue reading here for Margo’s post as she investigates the curious history …

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Brioche Galette de roi #Pastry #Provence @LizGabayMW
Elizabeth GabayRegional Foodie TreatsTaste

Galettes des Rois and the Nabatean Spice Route

Contributor blog post by Liz Gabay: In a month’s time I shall be visiting vineyards in the Negev desert and the archaeological remains of the ancient Nabatean kingdom. Splendid remains of buildings and extensive evidence of large scale agriculture and winemaking indicate the richness of this area in ancient times. …

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Christmas Magazines from Another Era @CuriousProvence
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Christmas Magazines from Another Era

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Cover of 1953 “Rustica” magazine which covers mostly rural subject matter. Some great images of chickens! I personally love looking through magazines from a different era. What interests me in particular is the advertisements. I like to look out for what might be very …

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Provence santons figurines #ProvenceHistory #Christmas @MirabeauWine
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The Santons of Provence

Contibutor blog post by Victoria Koning @Mirabeau Wine: Sir Francis of Assisi established the tradition of nativity scenes in 1223 with live enactments by people and animals during the midnight mass on Christmas eve in his church of Greccio, Italy. The tradition halted after the French Revolution, when many churches …

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