Summer Festivals Events Provence Cote d'Azur
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Summer Festivals and Events in Provence 2020

What’s On? During the summer in Provence and the Côte d’Azur, daytime temperatures range from warm to hot. So, you don’t need an excuse to laze by the pool. At this time of year, the lavender is in bloom, and the sunflowers put on a spectacular floral show. From music …

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Aigues Mortes Camargue Visit
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Aigues Mortes the Fortified Town in the Camargue

Don’t Argue with a King Aigues Mortes (Eaux Mortes or Dead Waters) is where King Louis IX chose to build a fortified presence in 1240. However, King Louis IX was not the first to construct near this marshland. Charlemagne beat him to it many years before when he had the …

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Raina Stinson Photography Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CulturePhotographers in Provence

Portrait Photography in Provence Workshops and Retreats

Fascinated with France since her childhood, Raina Stinson visited the country for the first time in 2014. That trip was a career turning point for this long-time nurse from Portland, Oregon. Shortly after that journey, she decided to take early retirement and combine her two passions, portrait photography and the …

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French Riviera Juan les Pins Plage des Ondes
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Best of French Riviera Living in Juan les Pins

Who could blame New Zealand native Rebecca Whitlocke for falling in love with an Englishman and the French Riviera? For over a decade, Rebecca has lived with her young family on the French Riviera in Juan les Pins. This seaside town is a relatively small centre, as compared to Nice …

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Petits Farcis Provencal Tomatoes
BeefCarolyne Kauser-AbbottMain CoursePorkProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Petits Farcis Provencal Tomatoes Stuffed with Basil

Petits Farcis are seasonal vegetables stuffed with a sausage meat mixture and then baked. The vegetables are often tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, sweet onions and even mushroom caps.

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Jean Moulin French Resistance
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Who Was Jean Moulin French Resistance Leader?

World War II France Jean Moulin is not a familiar name to those, like myself, who only took basic history courses in school. Our overview of World War II never mentioned this wartime hero. Once we began spending time in the Alpilles and noticed the Route Jean Moulin road signs, …

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Rose et Marius Perfume Rosé Wine collection
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Enter to Win a Rose et Marius Perfume Collection from Provence

As we grow tired of self-isolation and social distancing, there is probably no better time to “stop and smell the roses” or, in this case, the intoxicating perfume of Provencal rosé wine. We are excited to announce our first collaboration with Rose et Marius, the luxury perfume house and home …

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10 Reasons to Visit Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in Provence

Here are 10 Great Reasons to Visit Provence

Narrowing down the reasons to visit this corner of France to only 10 is a difficult task. Provence covers broad geography in the southeastern section of the country. It’s here where the Rhône River reaches the Mediterranean, and the Southern Alps give way to fields and beaches. The Romans left …

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Living in Aix-en-Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Living in Aix-en-Provence and Loving it

Americans Susan and Sam Gish moved to Aix-en-Provence two years ago. It’s unlikely that this Francophile couple’s relocation to France, from Philadelphia, was a surprise to any of their food industry friends. During previous travels to France, Susan and Sam discovered the influence of terroir in the different French wine …

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Four des Navettes de Marseille
Cakes & CookiesCarolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Navettes de Marseille the Sweet Cookie Tradition

Sweet Marseille Treats Navettes de Marseille are sweet biscuits from the region found at markets and some pastry shops. These dull, cream coloured cookies are almost hard enough to break your teeth.  The navettes are the culinary representation of the modest boat believed to have transported St Lazarus and the …

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