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Christmas Provence 13 Desserts
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Christmas in Provence and the 13 Desserts

“Les treize desserts” is an old Christmas tradition in Provence. Thirteen desserts are enjoyed after Christmas Eve dinner, traditionally representing Jesus and his twelve Apostles. Each guest must eat all thirteen desserts to guarantee good luck for the year to come. There must be a minimum of 13 desserts, but …

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Lavender Hot Chocolate Winter
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottDrinksProvencal RecipesTaste

Lavender Hot Chocolate for When Winter Meets Summer

Never let winter end before enjoying a steaming mug of homemade hot chocolate with whipped cream! This recipe for lavender hot chocolate from the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm combines winter with a hint of summer. Plus, this cold-weather recipe is as simple as it gets. Dedicated to making quality …

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Festive Dinner Menu Provence Holiday 2022
Martine Bertin-PetersonProvencal RecipesSeasonal MenusTaste

A Dinner Menu from Provence to Celebrate the Holidays

There’s something special about entertaining during the holidays, especially for those who love playing host or hostess. So whether you have brunch, lunch or dinner guests, it’s festive to break out the best china, silverware, and crystal to honour your guests and celebrate your friendship—the French refer to creating a …

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Christmas Markets Provence Clementines
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food ProducersProvencal RecipesTaste

Lemons and Oranges French Citrus Recipes to Try

Citrus and the French Table Citrus has had a place in French cuisine, in decoration, and noble gardens since at least medieval times. As both written and iconographical sources have suggested, several species of citrus were consumed, traded and maybe even cultivated in the gardens of the medieval French elite: …

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Living in Provence

Mont Ventoux Protected Biosphere
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Mont Ventoux a Protected Biosphere for Cyclists and Wine Lovers

Between the intense month-plus-long heatwave and lack of rain this past summer, our planet is obviously not happy. There was a moment during the pandemic when the planet was given a chance to take a big breath of fresh air. But that didn’t last long, and we are back to …

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Villedieu a Vaucluse Village
ExploreOur House in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Head to Villedieu a Vaucluse Village for a Provencal Lunch

As long-time readers of Our House in Provence blog know, one of our favourite villages besides Sablet is Villedieu. It’s a small village (population 505), built on a hill overlooking vineyards, olive grows and pine trees near the Eygues River on the border of the Drome Provencale. Villedieu is located …

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LUMA Arles Art Centre
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Why Visit LUMA Arles Contemporary Art Centre and Urban Garden

The city of Arles is considered the gateway to the Camargue wetlands and Rhône River delta. It is the last major urban centre before leaving Provence’s southwestern boundary. In June 2021, LUMA Arles – an interdisciplinary creative campus – officially opened to the public in the former Parc des Ateliers. …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Our Top Ideas for Spending a Day in Aix-en-Provence

Situated in the Bouches du Rhône, Aix-en-Provence may lack Marseille’s waterfront and beaches, but the beauty of Aix more than makes up for it. A day is hardly long enough to appreciate a city that began as a Roman settlement over 2,000 years ago. But it is possible with our …

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Church of St. Trophime, Arles
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Provence Bouches du Rhône Romans to Modern Day

The Rhône and Durance rivers are like bookends creating fluid boundaries of the Bouches du Rhône (mouth of the Rhône) while providing irrigation for the department’s agricultural land. After an 800 km journey from its source, the Rhône Glacier in Valais, Switzerland, the Rhône River yawns lazily into the Mediterranean …

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Paul Cezanne Walking Trail Aix-en-Provence
AixcentricExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Paul Cézanne in Aix Smartphone App In Cézanne’s Footsteps

Since 1990, visitors to Aix have been able to follow in the footsteps of Cezanne courtesy of 3,500 markers on the pavements and footpaths, as he wended from home to studio to painting site and then to cafes in town after a long day at the easel. Now the Aix-en-Provence …

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