Carrières de Lumières Paris Van Gogh 1
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Carrières de Lumières now in Paris and Provence

Carrières de Lumières Art Shows One of the most popular visitor sites in Provence is the Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light). It draws over half a million visitors annually. Located in the massive and interconnected rooms of an abandoned quarry next to Les Baux-de-Provence, it’s a magical sound and …

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Mary Magdalene Provence Tintoretto public domain
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Mary Magdalene in Provence Legend or Fact

Did Mary Magdalene Live in Provence? A crippled ship bobs helplessly on a storm-tossed sea and those on board face certain death…but then a miracle occurs. Guided by the hand of God, the ship arrives safely on the shores Provence. Out steps Mary Magdalene, ready to spread The Word throughout …

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French Theatre Night 14 You can't make this up sketch
Expat Living and Real EstateKeith Van SickleLiving in Provence

French Theatre Night “You Couldn’t Make This Up”

The following is an excerpt from my second book “.” My wife Val and I live part of the year in Provence. Our friends Xavier and Marie-France are kind of our cultural guides, making sure we have local experiences that foreigners often miss. Sometimes they are fun and sometimes… French …

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French Doctor Visit Interrogation
Expat Living and Real EstateKeith Van SickleLiving in Provence

A French Doctor Visit “The Interrogation” Médical

The following is an excerpt from my second book “.” Bad Timing Three days before leaving on a long trip to France, I swerved to avoid a squirrel while riding my bike, which caused me to crash and break my wrist. Once my wife Val and I arrived in France, …

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First Noël Patricia Sands
Books on ProvenceKeith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & Culture

Christmas in Provence New Book by Author Patricia Sands

Book Review: The First Noël Kat, Philippe and the gang from the  three-book series are back, in a delightful new novella from Patricia Sands, The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes. Kat and Philippe are looking forward to their first Christmas together at the villa, and what should be a …

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Learning French Provence
Expat Living and Real EstateKeith Van SickleLearning French

Learning French in Provence it’s Not a Race

Never Argue With Your French Teacher My wife Val and I live in California but I spend several months every year in St-Rémy-de-Provence. When we first started doing this some years ago, Val spoke basic French and I spoke next to none. So we each took classes in the US …

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Favourite Restaurants Alpilles Maussane Clos St Roch outdoors
Keith Van SickleRestaurant Recommendations in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Our Favorite Restaurants Picks in the Alpilles

One of the pleasures of any trip to Provence is the food, and the region is full of wonderful restaurants. My wife and I live part of the year in St-Rémy-de-Provence and here are some of our favorite restaurant picks in the Alpilles (or close by). St-Remy Restaurants Brasserie les Variétés …

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Fun Things St Rémy de Provence
Explore: Travel in ProvenceKeith Van SickleVillages Towns and Cities

9 Fun Things To Do In St Rémy de Provence

St Rémy de Provence is one of the most charming towns in Provence. Nestled at the foot of the Alpilles Mountains and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, it’s a great place to spend a few days. Here are some fun things you can do while you’re there. Walk in …

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Legends of Provence Romée de Villeneuve
Keith Van Sickle

The Legends of Provence: Monk Romée de Villeneuve a Fable

The following is my interpretation from the book “Legendes de Provence” by Eugene Bressy. This book is a series of short stories about the legends of Provence. I let you decide whether you choose to believe this fable or not. “There is no rampart against gossip.”—Molière Falling for Gossip One bright day …

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Legends of Provence Book Cover Provence Legends Tarasque Monster Tarascon
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

The Legends of Provence: The Tarasque Monster of Tarascon

During our last visit to Provence, I picked up a book called the “Legendes de Provence” by Eugene Bressy. This book is comprised of a series of short stories about the legends of Provence. In this series of posts, I will dive into some of these stories and let you decide …

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