Merindol Massacre Luberon Provence History
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Understanding The Merindol Massacre and Provence’s Dark Religious History 

Plenty of villages in the Luberon Valley lay claim to les plus beaux villages de France (the most beautiful villages in France), and many of those proudly display Villages Fleuris (flowering villages) emblems on local street signs. Enchanted by weather-worn scenes of charming hilltop hamlets and gently numbed by a glass of …

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Provence Holiday Home Owner Pool shot les Vallons
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLiving in ProvenceRental & Self-Catered Properties in ProvenceStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Provence Holiday Home Owner Shares Her Luberon Lifestyle

Diving into Provence Ten years after Peter Mayle’s book “A Year in Provence” was published, Georgina Causton and her partner decided to spend a sabbatical year (1999) in Provence. Completely enchanted by the lifestyle in the South of France they never returned to live in London. Suddenly, they found themselves …

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Photographer Camille Moirenc Exposition 438
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CulturePhotographers in Provence

Exposition 438 Photographer Camille Moirenc and the Provencal Coastline

Provencal Coastline Images Even a photographer born in Provence, Camille Moirenc, a South of France native who has spent 30 years photographing the region and has published the same number of books, was surprised at the math. His most ambitious project to date might be “Exposition 438, Notre Littoral” a …

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Book Art South France
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Book Review: Art in the South of France, The Inside Story

Aixcentric is the name of Lynne Alderson’s blog, an online resource for anyone looking for current events in the Aix-en-Provence area. The blog was “born” out of Alderson’s frustration regarding discovering details about interesting happenings…just a little too late. Her second book “Art in the South of France, The Inside …

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Family-Friendly Holiday Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in Provence

Our Top Ideas for a Family-Friendly Holiday in Provence

Les Vacances! Holidays in Provence en Famille The trip is booked, finally a chance to spend some time in Provence with the family. However, you want this experience to be one that everyone (and every age) will remember with equal amounts of joy. Touring old Provencal villages in a hot …

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Gout et Voyage Tours Provence Wine Tasting
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Gout et Voyage Tours a Chance to Experience the Flavours of Provence

Goût et Voyage Culinary Travel Martine and I have lunch once a year in Provence, it was my turn to pick the spot and L’Aile ou la Cuisse was a safe bet. Located in the heart of old St Rémy de Provence it’s a restaurant that we had both tried …

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Insiders Market Tour Provence Discovery
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurTaste: Food & Drink

Curious about the Markets in Provence? Take an Insider’s Tour

Curious Provence is the name of Ashley Tinker’s blog. It’s a great name as it combines her interests, she is naturally curious about her surroundings, and she lives in Provence. Ashley studied fine art, is a talented photographer, loves to cook and she still (more below) loves the markets in …

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Olive and Sweetpea
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Olive and Sweetpea where wine, women and possibilities meet

Where Passions Meet Wine and words. The idea for Olive and Sweetpea (Olive + Sweetpea), a new e-magazine, was hatched over a few glasses of wine. When Paula Kane and I scheduled a springtime lunch, we half-heartedly joked about the possibility of enjoying a meal on a sunny patio. After …

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NG Art Creative Residency- megan flowers
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

NG Art Creative Residency Where Artists are Gathering Creative Inspiration in the Alpilles

NG Art Creative Residency Nicky Ginsberg has been engrossed in the world of art and emerging artistic talent for over 30 years. Born in the United Kingdom, Ginsberg ended up in Sydney, Australia after a stint in France. Over that period, her art history background, understanding of the commercial aspects …

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Peter Mayle’s My Twenty-Five Years in Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

The Last Word. Peter Mayle’s My Twenty-Five Years in Provence, Reflections on Then and Now

Almost 30 years ago, Peter Mayle introduced many of us to the arrière-pays Provençal (rural countryside) for the first time, with his international best-selling novel “A Year in Provence.”  The success of that book and his subsequent novels had many primed to book flights to the South of France. If …

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