Souvenirs from Provence Market Bags
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Souvenirs to Take Home from Provence

What should I take home from Provence? Expect a sensory overload on your first (and every) visit to Provence. In mid-summer, purple-blue lavender rows contour the landscape. Market stalls brim with seasonal produce from blood-red cherries in the spring to the makings for ratatouille in late summer. Then there is …

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Keith Van Sickle Book
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Living in St Remy de Provence in the Alpilles

They fell in love with the South of France, although apparently not at first sight. It took 20 visits to Provence before Keith, and Val Van Sickle decided to make the region their part-time home. The couple’s home is near San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley. However, a contract assignment …

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Walking Tour Fountains Aix Jean Malte
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Take a Walking Tour the Fountains of Aix-en-Provence

Fountains and Roman Baths Aix-en-Provence is known as the City of Water. Settled in 122 BC by the Romans who found natural springs, they called the city Aquae Sextiae after one of their important consuls Sextius Calvinus. The “Waters of Sextius” provided the population with water (both hot and cold) …

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Apt Cent Cinq Holiday Apartments Apt Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Holiday Apartments in Apt a Place to Explore Provence

Jen and Chris Mallon are British transplants. They sold everything in 2018 and moved from England to Apt in the South of France. It was a quick move they decided to relocate in June and arrived in France at the end of September. They left their jobs, sold a house, …

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Spring Events in Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Spring Events in Provence Discover What’s On 2020

Spring Events in Provence Spring in Provence is absolutely lovely. As is the case with most of the year, the sun shines brightly, but expect the odd rainstorm. Moisture in this period is critical for the grapes, olives, and almonds to start their growing cycles. In March and April, expect …

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Magical Provence Lavender Experience June Lavender Tour Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Book a Magical Provence Lavender Experience

Magical Lavender Spotting a lavender field in flower for the first time is magical, but it’s the fragrance that is heavenly. The tiny plants stretch towards the horizon, like small purple streams. It’s little wonder why you see so many images of people posing against this stunning backdrop. Lavender fields, …

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Food Favourites Recipes Provence
Guest PostProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Food Favourites and Recipes from Provence to Eat

The following guest article by French Waterways, “18 Foodie Treats to Eat in Provence,” is republished below with permission. We have added links to recipes for these Provencal favourites. If you are looking for cruising inspiration and information, french-waterways.com is the world’s most comprehensive and best-loved source of inspiration and …

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Places Discover Aix-en-Provence Favourite Cities Provence Place des Cardeurs
Explore: Travel in ProvenceGuest PostVillages Towns and Cities

10 Magical Places to Discover in Aix-en-Provence

Guest Post: If you have already had your fill of Paris with its Eiffel Tower and other sights, then it’s time to rediscover France. In this article, we suggest you go on a tour of Aix-en-Provence, which is located near Marseille. We deliberately overlooked the most popular and iconic sights …

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Route du Mimosa French Riviera
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceRoad Trips South of France

Route du Mimosa a Yellow Drive on the French Riviera

Riviera Road Trip Aix-en-Provence can be cold in the winter. To stay warm, we wore our puffy jackets, shopped for sweaters, and walked on the sunny side of the street. When canary-yellow bunches of mimosas appeared in the market, it was a sign that spring was close at hand. Flowering …

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Restaurant du Cours Provencal Village Life Cotignac
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

The Benefits of Provencal Village Life in Cotignac

Cotignac in Provence’s Var Susana Iwase Hanson is the founder of Provence Living.net, after living on several continents, she and her husband discovered Cotignac, a quiet village in the Var, a decade ago (read her interesting backstory). Cotignac’s residents enjoy the benefits of living in the Provencal countryside with the Mediterranean …

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