Le Clos Saint Roch outdoors Maussane Restaurants
Keith Van SickleRestaurant Recommendations in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Le Clos Saint Roch a Great Restaurant Discovery in Maussane

“Every Day My Cooking Has to be Great”  Bon rapport qualité-prix. It means “good value for money” and it’s one of my favorite French expressions because…who doesn’t love a great value? So I was delighted to learn that Emmanuel Billaud, the chef at Le Clos Saint Roch in Maussane-les-Alpilles, was …

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Wild Animal Kingdom Provence Escargot sign In The Alpilles
Explore: Travel in ProvenceKeith Van Sickle

Encountering the Wild Animal Kingdom of Provence in the Alpilles

Contributor blog post by Keith Van Sickle: St-Rémy-de-Provence, where my wife Val and I live part of the year, is a beautiful Provençal town. It has a long history, starting with the original Roman city of Glanum—you can still see its ruins on the edge of town. St-Rémy is the …

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Sporting Life Decathlon Hiker France
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Frenchify Your Sporting Life at Decathlon

My wife and I were on vacation in Italy, zooming along the autostrada near Florence when she suddenly started shouting and waving. “Pull over!” she yelled. “Right now! There’s a Decathlon!” That got my attention. I spun the wheels to the right and barely made it onto the off-ramp in …

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James Jaulin Photography Photographer
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CulturePhotographers in Provence

James Jaulin Photography Exhibition in Gordes

James Jaulin is a world-travelling photographer who has previously been profiled in Perfectly Provence. His newest exhibition will be in the charming hilltop village of Gordes, beginning on April 28th and open every day from 9 am to 7 pm. The exhibition will take place in the Chapelle des Pénitents, …

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Gaso de Taureaux Cowboy Culture Provence @KeithVanSickle
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Gaso de Taureaux When the Bulls Go For a Swim in Provence

An abrivado is a special event in Provence, where French cowboys called gardians run bulls through a town as part of a big sporting event. It’s an exciting test of horsemanship that not all gardians can master. Even more exciting is the Gaso de Taureaux. Here, instead of running through …

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Hike Canals St Remy Walks Canals @Keith_vansickle
Explore: Travel in ProvenceKeith Van SickleStay Fit in Provence

Escape the Heat Walk Along the Shady Canals Near St Remy de Provence

Contributor blog post by Keith Van Sickle: The area around St-Rémy-de-Provence is wonderful for hiking. The Alpilles Mountains are crisscrossed with well-marked trails that offer fabulous views. But let’s face it, who wants to schlep through the mountains on a hot summer day? Isn’t there a better way to stretch …

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Cowboy Culture Bulls Taureaux Camargue Provence @PerfProvence
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Cowboy Culture Living Dangerously in Provence

“The bull has escaped!” Cowboy Culture in Provence I looked up to see a thousand pounds of anger barreling down the street at me. Everyone scattered, frantically jumping over the metal barriers to safety. The bull thundered past, followed by closely by French cowboys on horseback. It was a terrifying …

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Restaurant St Remy de Provence L'aile ou la Cuisse pastries trip advisor
Keith Van SickleRestaurant Recommendations in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Great Dining in St Remy at L’Aile ou la Cuisse

Who Wants Dessert?  Ready for Christmas in July? Or in any month of the year, for that matter? Then head over to L’Aile ou la Cuisse, one of my favorite restaurants in St.-Rémy-de-Provence. You are in for a treat. L’Aile ou la Cuisse, which means “the wing or the leg” …

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Château Romanin Wine Alpilles
Keith Van SickleTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Château Romanin: Two Millennia of Wine and Mystery

Delicious wines, a gorgeous winery and a privileged location in one of the most beautiful spots in France: Château Romanin has it all. It is also a place where wine, religion and mysticism have intersected for centuries. It began with the Greeks, who built a shrine here to the goddess …

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Roman Barge Arles Museum Antiquity
Explore: Travel in ProvenceKeith Van SickleProvencal History & Traditions

Discovering the Roman Barge and Other Treasures of Arles

The Roman History of Arles What’s 2,000 years old, 100 feet long and used to float? If you guessed a Roman barge, you win!  And you can see one now in the Arles Museum of Antiquity. Arles was once an important Roman town, a trading center with a major port. …

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