Arles Must-See Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Why Arles is a Must-See City in Provence

Roman Arles On a busy summer day, visitors crowd the streets, restaurants and cafés of Arles wanting to see this “A-list” city and its Roman traces. During the Roman Era, Arles was an important trading center with an important river port. Barges with cargo from all over the Empire travelled …

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Classic Car Rentals Provence Yes Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceRoad Trips South of France

Drive a Classic Car with Rentals from Yes Provence

The joy of seeing a Citroën 2CV cruising the Provence roads puts a smile on your face. The team at Yes Provence is increasing the number of grins in the region with their classic rental car fleet. Their vehicles include; 2CVs, an Austin Mini, Citroën Méharis (think Bridgette Bardot’s car), …

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St Remy Hotel de Ville
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Our St Remy de Provence Lifestyle

For two decades, Gayle Padgett and her husband Ralph maintained a long-distance relationship with Provence. They often travelled to the South of France during their vacation time from US government jobs in Germany. As their retirement years approached, the “Where are we going to live?” question loomed. The couple chose …

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Emily Durand Your Private Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Gardens and Charming Villages a Visit to Provence

Emily Durand, the founder of Your Private Provence, decided to turn her Covid-19 lockdown experience from lemons into lemonade. She refined her ideas for small-group tour itineraries in Provence, resulting in a delightful combination of charming villages, gardens and comfortable accommodation. Vaucluse Vineyards and Views The eight (8) night trip …

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Interview Meet the Founder of Goût et Voyage
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Interview: Meet the Founder of Goût et Voyage

Meet the Founder Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Martine Bertin-Peterson, the founder of boutique travel company Goût et Voyage. A company that she started in 2014, with the idea of creating small group tours based around the way she likes to travel. Her vision was to develop slow-travel …

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Lorgues Coffee Roasters Provence Markets
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Lorgues Coffee Roasters Crafting Great Coffee in Provence

An hour from glamourous St. Tropez on the French Riviera, and about the same distance from the chic city of art and water Aix-en-Provence, Lorgues sits in the heart of the Var. There are many reasons to visit Lorgues, but freshly, roasted coffee was not one of them until recently. …

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Getaway Domaine la Pierre Blanche Alpilles
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottHotels Provence & Cote d'AzurStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Escape to Chic Domaine La Pierre Blanche in the Alpilles

Now more than ever, discerning travellers are looking for a place where time stands still, at least until the cocktail hour arrives. Located near the charming village of Eygalières, Domaine La Pierre Blanche is framed by nature, surrounded by mountains and vineyards. From the moment you drive through the front …

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My Grandmother's Chocolate cake Recipe
Cakes & CookiesCarolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Remembering My Grandmother’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

A Book with Provencal Recipes: Small-town florist Natasha is determined to leave the past far behind her. But when she learns her ex-husband never told his family about their divorce – and that he needs her to accompany him on a trip to the French countryside – could love bloom …

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Where we Live Roquefort les Pins Living French Riviera
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Roquefort les Pins Easy Living on the French Riviera

After living in nine countries, Phoebe Thomas considers herself a career expat, “Where I was born doesn’t help clarify anything, it just complicates things! Born in Paris but moved when two weeks old so not exactly a Parisienne! Pure coincidence that I’m now married to a Frenchman and living in …

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Lavender Fields Travel Provence Lavender
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottEssentials: Quick Guides to Provence

Lavender in Provence Understanding the Essentials

Essential Lavender The lavender industry in Provence is a significant economic driver impacting agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and retail. There are 2,000 producers and roughly 25,000 people employed in the industry. The main growing areas are the four (4) departments the Drôme, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Vaucluse, with some small production in the …

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