September France la Rentrée
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvencePhoebe Thomas

September in France Means la Rentrée!

Summer’s End September – c’est la rentrée! School’s back! If you have spent any time at all in France in late August/early September you can’t have missed seeing and hearing these words all over; from shop displays and newspaper headlines to adverts and radio jingles. But this expression means so …

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Explore: Travel in ProvencePhoebe ThomasStay Fit in Provence

Cycling on the French Riviera and Beyond

Cycling on the Côte d’Azur and its backcountry is one of the most popular pastimes of both residents and visitors alike. It’s not a coincidence that many of the world’s top pro cyclists are based and train in the area. The geography and climate make it an ideal cycling region. …

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French Riviera Markets Roquefort
Markets in Provence and Cote d'AzurPhoebe ThomasTaste: Food & Drink

French Riviera Markets Discover Roquefort les Pins

Our local market in Roquefort les Pins has opened again, albeit under rather different conditions (rules, barriers, hand sanitizer and more).  There are only a handful of stalls and a strict one-way system in place with lots of barriers.  However, if it means we can get fresh local produce and …

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Brews Drinking Craft Beer French Riviera
Phoebe ThomasTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Cool Brews Drinking Craft Beer on the French Riviera

It’s Friday evening apéro time, and I’m trying to decide which beer to drink for my apéritif. Despite being in lockdown, or in fact strangely, thanks to being in lockdown, I have an unusually large and varied selection of craft beers from French Riviera independent breweries to choose from. This …

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Discover Entrevaux Citadel French Riviera
Explore: Travel in ProvencePhoebe ThomasVillages Towns and Cities

Discover Entrevaux Citadel a Day Trip from Nice

Entrevaux Citadel If you’re looking for a day out near Nice and the Côte d’Azur, it’s hard to beat a trip to Entrevaux citadel and fortified medieval village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.  Located some 75 kilometres from the French Riviera on a bend in the Var river surrounded by cliffs, the …

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Reasons Why Toulon France Worth Visiting
Explore: Travel in ProvencePhoebe ThomasVillages Towns and Cities

Why Toulon France is Worth Visiting

Is Toulon worth a visit? Toulon doesn’t have a good reputation as somewhere to visit; in fact, internationally, Toulon doesn’t really have a reputation at all, whether good or bad. Despite being the 3rd biggest city in the PACA region and situated mid-way between Marseille and St Tropez, most foreign …

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Beat Heat Cote d'Azur
Explore: Travel in ProvencePhoebe Thomas

How to Beat the Heat on the Côte d’Azur

By Phoebe Thomas Much of Europe has been gripped by a heatwave these last couple of weeks, with temperatures breaking all records. The Côte d’Azur has seen the mercury rise to 38-40°c with relentlessly warm nights offering little relief. Air-conditioning is not the norm in local houses, offices nor even …

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Summer Music Festivals Riviera Coted'Azur
Inspire: Art & CulturePhoebe ThomasWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Top 8 Summer Music Festivals on the French Riviera

By Phoebe Thomas: Summer Music Festivals The Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) is famous the world over for its hedonistic lifestyle, beautiful coast and dramatic landscape, glamorous cities and a fabulous climate. So what better place than this to enjoy magical outdoor summer music festivals? And we have them in abundance …

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French Riviera Garden
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvencePhoebe Thomas

Our French Riviera Garden in Spring and Beyond

By Phoebe Thomas A while ago I was asked by the magazine “Living France” to write about my garden in the Riviera. At the time I couldn’t publish what I wrote here on the blog as the idea was that people would buy the print magazine, but all this time …

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Galette des rois Epiphny Cake @FibiTee
Christmas & HolidayDessertPhoebe ThomasProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

How to Make a Traditional Epiphany Cake

shared by our contributor Phoebe Thomas. She makes this French January treat, a delicious, buttery, frangipane pastry, called la galette des rois, which translates to the King’s Cake at home with her kids.

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