Château Romanin Wine Alpilles
Keith Van SickleTasteWines 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
InspireKeith 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 centre with a significant port. …

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St Remy Picnic Lac Peiroou Provence
ExploreKeith Van Sickle

Secrets of St Rémy: The Best Place for a Picnic

Just ten minutes from the centre of St.-Rémy is a shady picnic spot known only to the locals. It sits along the shores of a lake created thousands of years ago by the Romans. When hordes of tourists crowd into town, it’s nice to take a break in a quiet …

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Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel Photo Book
Books on ProvenceInspire

Provence Photo Book the Alpilles From the Air – Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel

Many of us love the Alpilles, the “little Alps” that rise between the famous Provencal towns of St-Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux. Their craggy beauty dominates the surrounding landscape. But outside of taking an airplane ride, it is impossible to appreciate them from the air. Until now. Gilles Lagnel’s new book, …

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St Remy Local Secrets Parking
ExploreKeith Van Sickle

St Remy Local Secrets Where to Find Parking

Contributor blog post by Keith Van Sickle: The Wednesday morning market in St.-Rémy is one of the best in Provence. And it is very popular, which makes parking a challenge. There are a few spots available in the pay lots and on the street, but they tend to fill up …

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Benvengudo Hotel Exterior Les Baux
Hotels Provence & Cote d'AzurKeith Van SickleStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Benvengudo means Welcome to our Hotel in Provencal

Just below the famous hilltop fortress of Les Baux sits the boutique luxury hotel Benvengudo.  The name means “welcome” in the local language and it couldn’t be more appropriate. Walking into the manicured grounds of Benvengudo is like stepping back in time, to a more simple and gracious era.  The …

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Jardin des Alpilles Secrets of St Remy
Keith Van SickleMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurTaste

Discover the Secrets of St-Remy: Best Fruits and Vegetables

Contributor blog post by Keith Van Sickle: One of the glories of Provence is the fresh produce. And in St.-Rémy, the best place to get it is at the Wednesday market. Every week, dozens of vendors set up shop throughout the charming town center, selling fruits, vegetables, olives, cheeses, lavender …

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James Jaulin young princess
Artists Inspired by ProvenceInspireKeith Van Sickle

James Jaulin one of the Artists of Le Thor

Discover another Le Thor artist: James Jaulin spent decades as an antiquaire (a dealer in antiquities) traveling the world in search of rare and beautiful treasures.  He now travels the world as a photographer, capturing the beauty of life through his lens. So what does he consider himself to be …

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Biking Routes in ProvenceMaussane Alpilles Ride
ExploreKeith Van SickleStay Fit

Biking Routes in Provence: Riding from Maussane-les-Alpilles to Eygalières

Val and I are back in France for the spring, in St-Rémy-de-Provence. One of the things we enjoy most about this area is biking. St-Rémy is right next to the Alpilles, a low mountain range with rocky outcroppings. Well, to call the Alpilles “mountains” is a bit of a stretch, …

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l’Auberge la Fenière Restaurant Dessert
Keith Van SickleRestaurant RecommendationsTaste

At l’Auberge la Fenière Restaurant Gastronomy Meets Gluten-Free

When is the last time you said to yourself, “I could really go for a gluten-free meal”? That would probably be…never.  Who wants bread with the consistency of a hockey puck?  Or pasta that needs a mountain of sauce to make it edible?  And as for cakes and pies – …

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