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Travel Guides for Provence

Remember when we carried around hefty paperbacks to guide our travels? In the 1980s, long before smartphones, tourists faithfully checked these guidebooks for reviews on hotels, restaurants and must-see sights. Backpackers conscious of space and weight often discarded the pages for a city or region once they had visited. These travel ‘bibles’ have been virtually replaced by handheld devices that allow us to download Apps for walking tours, check real-time reviews, make dinner bookings, and order a driver.

Not only is Provence – Alpes – Côte d’Azur (PACA) a mouthful, but it is also immense geography and challenging to tackle in a short vacation or even an extended stay. The following list is not of guidebooks in the traditional sense but rather a way to discover the best of the region based on these personal experiences. These titles are not travel journals but reference sources to help you make the most of your time in this vast and beautiful part of France.

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PJ Adams is a psychologist by day and a Francophile during all her other waking moments. Adams has published several books about different regions of France. Passionate about the country it makes perfect sense that these books are her “Intoxicating” series. Intoxicating Southern France and the Provence & Languedoc Spotlight offer quirky highlights and incites to the area. “Above all, it’s a guide to the delights of Provence and the Languedoc for those who journey here–or dream of doing so one day.”

Lynne Alderson and her husband split their time between the United Kingdom and the South of France. Alderson has a masters in English Language and Literature from the University of Edinburgh. Her career stops included work for London-based magazines and marketing communications. As the editor of the Anglo-American Group of Provence (AAGP) member’s newsletter, she shared that the publication often received specifics on current events too late for the distribution timeline. So, she launched her blog Aixcentric as an information resource for cultural and other happenings. Alderson has written two books with background details on some key figures and artists living in Provence. Please read our reviews of Aix-en-Provence, The Inside Story and Art in the South of France, The Inside Story.

The books are available for order via Lulu Press (links below) or at Book-in-Bar in Aix-en-Provence.blankArt in the South of France book cover

Huntley Baldwin and his wife Joan travelled to Provence many times, enough trips to rent five (5) different houses on 12 separate occasions. Their approach to visiting the region was to settle into a home and day trip from that base, as their urge and energy permitted. As they travelled around Provence, Baldwin recorded many of their experiences with a paintbrush and his sense of humour. “This book is as much about how to get along in Provence as what to see (although we offer suggestions for this, too.)” Published posthumously, “The Provence Book: A Guide with Fables” is a delightful read and makes for an excellent gift for a friend.

Provence Book Huntley Baldwin

Georgeanne Brennan is no stranger to Provence. This author has published over 30 books. What more could this award-winning cookbook author possibly write about the lifestyle in Provence? Then along came “Windows on Provence, Musings on the Food, Wine and Culture of the South of France” published in April 2018, by Yellow Pear Press. The book is a quick read yet covers vast geography. Each chapter includes two components the first is a description of a cornerstone element of lifestyle in Provence, including food, markets, wine, traditional crafts, and historic scenery. The second part contains Brennan’s advice on making the most of your visit to a particular town. Please read our review of this book here.

Jean François Galeron is a photographer based in Saint Etienne du Grès in the Alpilles. Since 1982, he has travelled the world covering Grand Prix racing events. In his downtime, he turned his camera lens to the slower natural pace of the Alpilles. His book Lumières des Alpilles, published in December 2016, results from a project he contemplated for 30 years. Galeron’s stunning images cover 212 pages. This book is a terrific souvenir or gift for someone who loves Provence.

For more details and photos on Lumières des Alpilles, please follow this link.

Where to find a copy?:
La Maison de la Presse in Saint-Rémy
La Presse in Eygalières
Office de Tourisme Les Baux de Provence
Lumières des Alpilles Facebook page
Send your order via email to jfg@galeron.comLumieres des Alpilles JF Galeron

Virginia Johnson is a Canadian textile designer and artist. After challenging her artistic skills in New York City for seven years, she returned to Toronto, Ontario. Whether you have been to the French Riviera countless times or have always dreamed of the place, Virginia Johnson’s Travels Through the French Riviera is an insider’s guide from an artist’s perspective. Johnson is a Canadian designer and illustrator, and her book is a compilation of many years of exploration along the Côte d’Azur with her sketchbook and paintbrushes.


Co-authors John Walsh and Hanna Reynolds combined their cycling talents and love of France into “France en Velo, The Ultimate Cycle Journey from Channel to Med – St. Malo to Nice.” This book is perhaps more of a guidebook than the others mentioned in this article. The pages include beautiful photography, tips for things to see, places to stay and details on how to get from place to place on two wheels. Here is our review of France en Velo.

France en Velo Cover Biking Provence @Franceenveloblank

Mary Kay Seales wrote The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera after 17 years of travelling to the French Riviera each summer. Published by French Press Travel Books in 2016, the book is a collection of personal notes and photographs organized as a resource guide for the first-time traveller to the French Riviera. The book focuses primarily on Nice and Villefranche sur Mer, but her suggestions are valid for much of the Côte d’Azur. Here is the book review.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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