Visit Villa Kérylos
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensInspire

Visit Villa Kérylos for a Touch of Greece on the Côte d’Azur

Once a private residence to the east of Beaulieu-sur-Mer and near Villefranche-sur-Mer, the Villa Kérylos sits prominently on a rocky outcrop with a panoramic visit. Kérylos is a Greek word for a kingfisher bird and an omen of good luck. Villa Kérylos History Théodore Reinach commissioned the construction of a …

READ MORE  
Nice Port Long Weekend French Riviera
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreStay Fit

Coastal Walks Near Nice Along the French Riviera

Whether you arrived in Nice, France, by air, train, ship, or car, why not stretch your legs with a walk along the coastline? Generally, the following seaside walks are moderate and not too strenuous. Your reward with little effort is a collection of fabulous vistas. Coastal Walks Near Nice Maps …

READ MORE  
Villefranche-sur-Mer ©CRT Côte d'Azur, France, Camille Moirenc
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Why Villefranche-sur-Mer is Perfect for Walking

Seaside Villefranche-sur-Mer, with its sheltered harbour and long sweeping sandy beach, holds an enviable position on the French Riviera. Tucked between Nice to the west and Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat to the east, Villefranche feels like a small town. However, arriving in Villefranche by car takes a bit of …

READ MORE  
Best French Forever Giveaway
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Best French Forever Giveaway a Time for Wellness La Box!

Cynthia Moos, the founder of Best French Forever, is giving away one Wellness à la Française box to a lucky winner. Provence’s Alpilles region and its villages remain close to Cynthia’s heart even after several years of living in the United States. She returned to France for a family visit …

READ MORE  
Watercolour La Box L'AUGUSTE Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

La Box by L’AUGUSTE Provence a Unique Collection

There is nothing quite like putting a face to a name. L’AUGUSTE Provence founder and brand visionary Stephanie Charvat and I had communicated for months via email, but finally, I had a chance to visit her in Nyons. Buffeted by the Mistral, the golden-yellow trees danced in the wind as …

READ MORE  
Fall in Provence Dinner Party Menu 2022
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSeasonal MenusTaste

Fall in Provence Dinner Party Menu to Try with Friends

Writer, entrepreneur and small group tour director Annette Charlton says, “I was a Francophile long before I visited France.” She agreed to curate our 2022 dinner party menu inspired by the change of seasons in Provence. Autumn is harvest time, so with the abundance of delicious seasonal produce available in …

READ MORE  
Gout et Voyage Best of Provence Tours
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Experience the Best of Provence with Goût et Voyage Tours

Goût et Voyage is Martine Bertin-Peterson’s boutique travel company offering small-group tours in Provence and Tuscany. Martine was born in France and moved to the US with her family at seven. After visiting much of the world as a tour guide and for personal enjoyment, she tells me that the …

READ MORE  
Book An Escape to Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Book Review: An Escape to Provence

Who didn’t want to escape somewhere during the height of the pandemic? Personally, going anywhere outside the confines of our townhouse was a diversion. At home in England, author Sophie Claire crafted her pandemic “getaway” by writing her latest novel, An Escape to Provence, about an unlikely love match in …

READ MORE  
Cheese Plate with Fresh Figs
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesTaste

Serving a Cheese Course in France is Culinary Tradition

“How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?” ~ French President, Charles de Gaulle in 1962 Serving a cheese course after the main dish is customary in France but certainly not mandatory. Typically the host provides a selection of cheeses ranging from mild …

READ MORE  
Fragrance of Aix-en-Provence by Rose et Marius
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

The Fragrance of Aix-en-Provence Bottled by Rose et Marius

How can you capture the spirit of a city in perfume? That was likely the question that Magali Fleurquin-Bonnard, the founder of Rose et Marius, a luxury perfume creator, asked herself. In collaboration with the Office de Tourisme d’Aix-en-Provence (tourism office), Rose et Marius created a unique fragrance that is …

READ MORE