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3 Steps to Finding a Vacation Home in Provence

When we travel, we usually shun hotels. Sure, there’s a lot to be said about room service and having someone make your bed every day, but with the advent of AirBnB, HomeAway, and other vacation rental websites, we’ve opened our eyes to a new way to live like locals.  Why …

Place des Precheurs #AixenProvence
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6 Must-See Squares in Aix

At the heart of French culture — not to mention community and architecture — is the place, or square. Every town, big or small, has its fair share of places that have overseen festivals, markets, and families for centuries. Here are 6 worth finding in Aix-en-Provence. 1. Place des Martyrs de la …

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My Top 10 Favorite Foods in France

By Susan Payton So, naturally, eating is one of my favorite pastimes whenever I travel. When we first got to France this trip, I was crazily stuffing every one of these items in my face, desperate to get as much of them as I could. Eventually I settled down! Here’s …

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Photo Friday: La Porte de Saorge

By Susan Payton Susan and her family visited Provence in the spring. They fell in love with the village of Saorge as you can see in her Photo Friday: La Porte de Saorge. Via:: Unexplorer       

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Travel Changes a Person

For me, the purpose of traveling is to come back a little different than when I left. Whether it’s 5 weeks in Provence or a week in NYC, travel should make you thirst for more, and give you experiences you can use as brain food for years to come. Susan …

Pavillon de Vendome #AixenProvence @PerfProvence
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Pavillon de Vendome the Pleasure Palace of Provence

The thing I love about Provence is that it’s not Paris. What I mean is: Paris is obvious. There’s the Tour Eiffel, l’Arc de Triomphe, a whole slew of “must-see” tourist destinations. But Provence, on the other hand, still has a lot of hidden secrets that the average tourist is …

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Photo Friday: Saorge

Saorge, nestled on the border of France and Italy, just an hour northeast from Nice, was a surprise and delight. With a population of just 445, the town is cozy (and everyone knows your business). But winding staircases and ample hiking trails made it a place we will return again …

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5 Things You Do To Show You’re a Tourist in Provence

We hate being treated like tourists when we visit another place, and yet sometimes it’s our actions that send up a red flag that we’re strangers. Here are 5 ways you might be tipping your cards about being a tourist (and how to get a poker face). You Walk Around …

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5 Tips for Navigating any Provençal Market

One of my very favorite things to do in any city, near or far from home, is to visit the local market. There, you can find local delicacies, pick out souvenirs, and take some great photos. Provence is known for its markets. Every day of the week, one town or …

Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte #AixenProvence
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Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte: A Church of Firsts

It’s a pretty big honor to be the first Roman Catholic church in a region where around half of the population is Catholic. Back in the 12th century, Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte served as a hospice and chapel for the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem of the Order of Malta.  This group was formed …