Roy René Factory Museum Calissons
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Roy René the Almond King of Calissons d’Aix

Nothing Without Almonds Le Roy René factory needs some 200 metric tons of almonds annually for the production of calissons d’Aix and nougats. As almonds are one of the key ingredients in these typically Provencal sweets, a reliable supply chain is critical to the operation. In 2016, 300 almond trees, …

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Santons Christmas Provence Creche Scene
Guest PostLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Santons the Signs of Christmas in Provence

This guest post about the Santons and Christmas in Provence comes from Marie-Helene, the co-founder of the online store Remember Provence. They curate Provencal-themed housewares, gift items and culinary ingredients and ship to customers around the world. Remember Provence represents only high-quality products produced traditionally. Please follow this link to …

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Jamie Ivey Book Signing
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Join the Provence Guru My Best of Provence Tour

Who is the Provence Guru? During their honeymoon, Jamie Ivey announced to his bride that it was time for a career change. Thankless legal deals and long hours related to corporate mergers were not how he envisioned spending his life. He wanted to become a writer. Ivey proposed a somewhat …

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Pradeep Teotia Class yoga Provence Belle Vie
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Yoga Provence La Belle Vie Beyond the Mat

Yoga in Provence La Belle Vie yoga retreat was in my calendar, but when the weekend finally arrived I was rushed, juggling life. As Pradeep Teotia began his class with his signature “Welcome Home,” all thoughts of my to-do list fell away. The warmth in the room embraced my soul, …

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Souleiado Museum Printed Fabrics les Indiennes
Guest PostLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Printed Provencal Fabrics the Indiennes of Provence

It is impossible to visit a market in Provence without seeing sellers of tablecloths, napkins, and other items for home decor. As a word of warning, beware of quality and place of origin as you may not be buying made-in-Provence products. The original printed Provencal fabrics were called les Indiennes. …

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Wines Provence Rhône Tour
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Wines of Provence Join Romancing the Rhône Tour

Wine Trip You like LOVE French wine and want to increase your understanding of wines of Provence and the Rhône Valley. If so, then Ken Jourdan has the answer, book his Romancing the Rhône Wine Tour. This trip provides a comprehensive wine tour of the Côtes du Rhône wine region …

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Provencal Olive Oil Harvest
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Gaining an Understanding of Provencal Olive Oil

Provence Olives and Olive Oil The Provencal climate is ideal for olive trees, grapevines and other drought-resistant crops. Olive trees thought to have originated in Northern Africa grow readily in countries bordering the Mediterranean. The olive branch has long been a symbol of peace and abundance. Cuisine and religion unite …

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Chocolate Sea Salt Shortbread Sablé Fleur de Sel
Cakes & CookiesDessertGuest PostProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Chocolate Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Sablés with Fleur de Sel. Shortbread is called sablé because the texture is a little crumbly like sand. Warning! This delicious cookie a combination of dark chocolate and sea salt might be hard to keep around your kitchen for very long.

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Nîmes Sightseeing Shopping Musée Romanité
Explore: Travel in ProvenceRoad Trips South of France

Why Spend a Day in Nîmes Sightseeing and Shopping

Tempt this gal with a big, shiny object and lunch, add a chauffeur service to the program and sign-me-up! When Gayle Padgett suggested we head to Nîmes for a day of sightseeing and lunch, I was interested but finding a suitable date looked like a challenge. Suddenly, our usually reliable …

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October Sale Jacquard Fabrics
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

October Sale Jacquard Fabrics from Provence

Fabrics from Provence As the temperatures cool off and the lazy days of al fresco dining are behind us it’s time for entertaining indoors. Make the colder months your excuse for made-in-France shopping for your home. During the month of October, Remember Provence is offering high-quality jacquard fabrics at a …

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