Vaison Pont Vaison-la-Romaine Vaison Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLocals Travel TipsTaste: Food & Drink

Vaison la Romaine Locals Tips for Your Visit

Local enough to hear the latest gossip makes you a local in Provence Sharon de Rham (tour guide and expat) says she gets the heads up from her friend at the tourist office when there are movie stars staying in the “neighbourhood.” After nearly ten years in Vaison la Romaine, …

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Bouillabaisse Marseille Provence
Restaurant Recommendations in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Understanding and Tasting The Real Bouillabaisse of Marseille

During a visit to a restaurant at the Vieux-Port in Marseille, we sampled “charter” Bouillabaisse. Bouillabaisse is a seafood soup with pieces of fish and crustaceans. The soup is so special that in 1980, eleven of the top chefs in Marseille created the “Bouillabaisse Charter”. Ginger and Nutmeg’s original blog post: The Real …

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Moustiers-Ste-Marie Market #Provence @FranceenVelo
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday ToursStay Fit in Provence

Picnics in Provence with France en Velo

This post is from Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh the authors of France en Vélo – The Ultimate Cycle Journey From Channel to Med – St-Malo to Nice. There are many fantastic restaurants and cafes in Provence, but my most memorable meals are those eaten by the road side. Cycle …

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Black Diamonds Truffles
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Les Pastras Gourmet Pursuits Unearthing Truffles

Chicago might seem like a world away from the pastures of Provence, but Lisa and Johann Pepin tell me that adjusting to life in the south of France was relatively easy. They left corporate jobs (public relations and finance) in Chi-town, as only 30-yearolds can do, with the confidence that …

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Vineyards of Provence #Provence #Wines @vaisonsharon
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Provence Dream Tours Your Personal Guide

Which rosé? Are the whites any good? Can you find decent red wines? Does a wine list in Provence cause you to scratch your head? Sharon de Rham is a multilingual tour guide and expat (read her story here) she is also a wine aficionado. Sharon credits a colleague from …

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Wine ageing in th sun at St Jeannet @LizGabayMW #ProvenceWines
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottElizabeth GabayTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Meet a Master of Wine Elizabeth Gabay

Wine is a subject with simply too many choices and far too many variables for me to feel that I have conquered. However, I certainly can appreciate the dedication, passion and hard work that it takes to become a Master of Wine (MW). So, I am thrilled to introduce Elizabeth …

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Clos Saint Paul #Mazan #Rentals #Provence @ClosSaintPaul
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocals Travel TipsMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurRestaurant Recommendations in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Discover Taste Relax With Local’s Tips For Mazan and the Vaucluse

It is understandable that Canadians will do practically anything to avoid winter, but skipping out in those few short months of summer… Well, maybe if you are heading to Provence. If you like the sounds of that plan, then read this article on Clos Saint Paul a rental property that …

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Course Pédestre DI QUIEU BLANC #Eygalieres
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceStay Fit in Provence

Eygalieres Course Di Quieu Blanc

Eygalieres is a Provencal postcard-perfect village in the heart of the Parc Naturel des Alpilles. To get a flavour for the town read why Eygalieres is always worth a visit. Alternatively, meet some of the residents like local DJ Manolo-J who is getting the party started, Sabrina who is sharing a …

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Karen - Summer @KarenAldous_ #Provence #Books
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & Culture

Writing the Romance in Provence

The writing bug struck early. Karen Aldous says that she began writing as a girl and started her first novel in her twenties. Inspired by Provence and jolted into action by a family illness she is now the author of two books The Vineyard and The Chateau. Karen Aldous lives …

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Truffle Dogs #Provence #Truffles
Local Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

The Truffle Dogs in Provence and Black Gold

In both Italy and France the hunt for truffles is aided by dogs and even pigs. Often female pigs are able to smell out the “black gold” without training, where as dogs do require special training. We had the opportunity to visit some truffle experts at Truffe Noire de Haute-Provence who have …

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