Château de Saumane interiors
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Touring Mysterious Château de Saumane in the Vaucluse

Until recently the village of Saumane, in the Vaucluse, was not on many tourist’s itineraries and the town’s residents probably liked it that way. After four years of restoration work and a large budget, the hilltop Château de Saumane has opened for public visits during summer months. Writer, philosopher, political …

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Cote d'Azur Lifestyle Mediterranean Twisted Pines @MKSeales
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLiving in Provence

Mary Kay Seales Reviews Her Attraction to the Cote d’Azur Lifestyle

Mary Kay Seales calls the U.S. Pacific Northwest home. During much of the year, she works as both a freelance copywriter and as a writing professor, for international students, at the University of Washington, in Seattle. However, she has also lived and worked in a long list of diverse destinations …

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Valentines Day Menu Mirabeau Pure Rosé
Holiday MenusMirabeau WinesProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Valentine’s Day Menu: Provencal-inspired Recipes for your Sweetheart

The team at Mirabeau Wine in Cotignac certainly know a thing or two about gold medal wine and how to pair it with good food. Before the Christmas holidays and not long after the 2017 grape harvest, we asked Jeany Cronk if she would curate a special Valentine’s Day menu …

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Travel Provence Drome Dentelles de Montmirail
Explore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Sophie’s Travel in Provence Explores the Authentic Mediterranean Lifestyle

Combining Passions into Work Born in Provence, Sophie Bergeron is bilingual (English and French) and fully conversant in the realm of local wines. Her technical studies at Université de Vin in Suze la Rousse and the WSET certification transitioned into work at several Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, including Domaine de la Janasse. In 2016, …

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Calisson d'Aix
Taste: Food & Drink

Calisson d’Aix the Sweet Almond Candy Made in Provence

Candy might not be the reason you decide to visit Aix-en-Provence, but don’t leave town without sampling the famous Calisson d’Aix. These sweets, made with ground, local almonds (sweet and bitter) and a fruit paste blend of melon confit (preserved in sugar) and orange peel, were officially recognised as part …

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Pablo Picasso Château de Vauvenargues @PerfProvence
Artists Inspired by ProvenceGinger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & Culture

Discover Artist Pablo Picasso’s Final Resting Place in Provence

Article was previously published on Ginger and Nutmeg: The Château is certainly iconic in Vauvenargues a small village of barely 1000 people. Pablo Picasso loved the place for the isolation that it provided for his work. After his death, Jacqueline proposed that the castle become a museum, the village never approved …

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Explore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

How are you Going to Experience Provence? Be our Guest

It would be difficult to call Emily Durand an expat at this stage. After living in the South of France for more than two decades, Emily is wholly immersed in the region with her family. Once the kids reached school age, she decided it was her time to launch a …

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Domaine de Manville cour interieure
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottHotels Provence & Cote d'AzurLiving in ProvenceStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Experience Luxury in the Alpilles with Domaine de Manville Golf or Spa Packages

Patience, vision and exquisite taste converted a run-down 250-acre agricultural property, outside of Maussane des Alpilles, into a luxury resort — Domaine de Manville. Edith and Patrick Saut purchased the land and associated ragtag collection of farm buildings in 2007. Seven years later and a multi-million Euro budget this 5-star …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLiving in Provence

Food and Wine Discovery Life in Provence for Viktorija Todorovska

In 2016, Viktorija Todorovska and her partner relocated from Chicago to the French Riviera (Nice); to see if they could adjust to the lifestyle. In her case, there was probably no question that living near the azure waters of the Mediterranean would suit her soul. Born in Macedonia (it was …

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Winter Dinner Menu Provencal Cuisine
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottHoliday MenusProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Winter Weekend Dinner Party Menu Inspired by Provencal Cuisine

We have been “dining-out” on David’s delicious seafood-based Christmas menu, and a bit reluctant to turn the page to the realities of a cold winter in parts of North America. However, the truth is that Provence is enjoying a mild-ish winter, while skiers are revelling in the snowy Alps this …

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