Almond Blossoms Provence January
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensInspire

A Year in Provence 4 Seasons of Flowers and Recipes

When we first arrived in Provence, it was early October. That year delivered a relatively mild start to the month, and I honestly wasn’t focused on the flowers that came later. Cycling under sunny skies in the Camargue, we passed by rice fields that were being harvested and visited the …

Eating in Saint-Rémy de Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottRestaurant RecommendationsTaste

Where to Eat in Saint-Rémy de Provence? Some Favourites

Saint Rémy de Provence has it all, shopping, galleries, a big market on Wednesday mornings and (almost) too many restaurant choices. The picturesque, lively town snuggled into the base of Les Alpilles, the miniature Alps. With a rich history—highlighted by the Romans, Nostradamus and Vincent Van Gogh—plus heritage celebrations and …

French Riviera SamBoat Rentals
Boating - Rentals and ChartersCarolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore

French Riviera Boat Rental Made Easy with SamBoat

Are you thinking of renting a boat on the French Riviera? A friend who specializes in small group tours once told us the best way to see a country’s coastline is on a boat. They were right! The viewpoint from the water provides an often unexpected and relaxing perspective. Since …

France's Best Travel App Paul Shawcross
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

France’s Best a New Travel App Interview with Creator

Paul Shawcross lives in Newcastle, England, and he is a devoted Francophile who has made many work and personal trips to France. In 1979, passing through France for the first time on the way to Spain, his long relationship with the French country and its culture began. A professional travel …

La Soupe au Pistou Nice, France Cuisine Nissarde
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSoupTaste

Soupe au Pistou a Summer Soup from Nice, France

While we often think of soup as a cold-weather dish, some recipes bridge the seasons perfectly. Filled with vegetables and legumes, la soupe au pistou is one such dish. In Nice and traditional Cuisine Nissarde pistou soup is a summer dish. A mix of seasonal vegetables, potatoes and beans cook …

Book Review The European Adventures: Aix Marks the Spot
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Book Review: The European Adventures Aix Marks the Spot

Who doesn’t love the idea of a trip to Aix-en-Provence, France, and the chance to solve an art mystery? In her latest novel, The European Adventures: Aix Marks the Spot A Mystery Adventure Book for Kids, Rachel Selle brings characters from her first book, The European Adventures: Mystery at Mouse …

Tourtour main square Explore Provence Verdon Var
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Explore Provence Verdon for Intense Nature, Vines, and Villages

The family reunion began in Paris, with ten (10) of us gathering for two nights. It was an intense program as the kids wanted to visit all the sights from Sacré Coeur to the Eiffel Tower and points in between. After three nights in the “City of Lights,” we took …

Maison Dora Maar from the street
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

How Dora Maar Continues to Influence the Art Scene in Ménerbes

Perched above the Luberon Valley, Ménerbes deserves its classification as one of the 172 prettiest villages in France. With old stone facades, pedestrian-friendly streets, tempting boutiques, and lively cafés, Ménerbes exudes Provencal charm. Ménerbes is also home to a thriving art scene, including an artist residency program inspired by Dora …

Ceramics in Biot Provence marche-potier-biot
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Celebrating Contemporary Ceramics in Biot Terre de Provence Market

The Biennale Internationale de la Céramique runs from July 7 to October 1, 2023. The artistic festival includes Greek ceramists presenting their work in the Hedberg-Torun exhibition rooms in Biot until September 24. At the same time, roughly 50 ceramic artists from Provence, Alpes, and Côte d’Azur will exhibit their …

Summer Festivals Events Provence Cote d'Azur
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSaladTaste

10 Summer Salads from Provence for Entertaining Outdoors

Summer is not the time of year to be behind a hot stove or pulling casseroles out of an oven. It is, however, the time to prepare simple recipes perfect for outdoor dining, whether at your table, poolside or the next picnic location. Provence is generally hot in the summer, …