Lavender and Photography Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Lavender and Photography in Provence Capture the Magic in July

It’s not a dream. Outside your window, the cicadas are chanting as the sun moves higher in the morning sky, warming the Provencal countryside. You are in Provence during the lavender season and learning about photography. Now that is a dream! On holidays, you want to immerse in the local …

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Tips Cycling Mont Ventoux
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

6 Wine Villages in the Rhône Valley Near Mont Ventoux

If you like French wine, there is a good chance that you have sampled some vintages from the Rhône Valley. Some vineyards in the southern Rhône are near the famous Mont Ventoux – Provence’s giant mountain. This article focuses on six (6) villages in the Côtes du Rhône wine region. …

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Valentines Gift Guide 2022
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Valentine’s Gift Guide 2023 Inspired by Provence

While there is no reason to wait until February 14th to show your affection, not acknowledging Valentine’s Day might not be a good love strategy. So, to help with your shopping, we put together this Valentine’s Gift Guide with suggestions that won’t break the bank and are almost as good …

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Beef Casserole Les Alouettes Sans Tete Niçoise Recipe
BeefCarolyne Kauser-AbbottMain CourseProvencal RecipesTaste

A Beef Casserole from Nice les Alouettes sans Tête

There is little debate that most things sound better in French than in English, and this dish, les Alouettes sans tête (English: “larks without heads”), is one clear example. In this old Niçoise recipe, thin slices of beef are stuffed with a mixture and slow-cooked in a tomato-based sauce. Like …

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Butternut Squash Gratin de Courge
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSide DishTaste

Butternut Squash Gratin de Courge a Side Dish from Nice

Like many traditional recipes considered part of Cuisine Nissarde, gratin de courge is a dish you might find just as easily on a restaurant menu as in a grandmother’s kitchen in Nice. The recipe calls for courage, which is butternut squash. You can use other varieties of pumpkin, but best …

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Authentic Salade Niçoise Recipe Cuisine nissarde
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSaladTaste

Discover the Authentic Salade Niçoise Recipe from Nice

La Salade Niçoise is a classic meal-sized salad (salade composée) with local, seasonal ingredients. As the name indicates, this salad originates from the French Riviera city of Nice, an attractive destination with vineyards within city limits and 10 kilometres of coastline. However, like many recipes, there are endless variations, but …

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Château-de-Crémat-Nice-Wines-of-Bellet
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Wine Tasting at the Vineyards of Bellet in the City of Nice

Looking at the Mediterranean while sipping a crisp glass of Rolle at a vineyard confirms the City of Nice’s enviable location on the French Riviera. Historians believe that wine grapes have grown in the vineyards of Bellet since Phocean mariners settled in Massalia (Marseille) and Nice near the Baie des …

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Nice French Riviera City Tours
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLiving in Provence

Nice by Heart, the French Riviera City Where I Live

Céline O’Donnell is a private tour guide and native of Nice, France. She has lived in this Côte d’Azur city for 40 years and now runs guided walking tours of her city through her company Nice by Heart. After studying and working in the design field in London, and extensive …

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Roman Barge Arles Museum Antiquity
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

5 Places to Find Roman History in Provence

Visible traces of Roman history weave throughout Provence, which is one of many reasons to visit the region. Below we highlight five (5) top places for evidence of the Roman era. #1 Roman Aix-en-Provence The Romans understood the need for freshwater for a settlement to thrive and survive. So, Entremont, …

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La Pissaladiere Niçoise Flatbread
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLunchtime MealsProvencal RecipesStreet FoodTaste

How to Make La Pissaladière the Niçoise Flatbread

It’s hard to define la Pissaladière with slow-cooked onions, olives and anchovies. It’s not quite pizza, not quite a focaccia, but somewhere in between. Nevertheless, this popular street food is a delicious reason to visit Nice, France! What is La Pissaladière? A staple in traditional Cuisine Nissarde recipes, la Pissaladièra …

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