St Maries de la Mer Camargue View Provence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

St Maries de la Mer the Abrivado of the Year in Provence

The Camargue is the end of the watery road for the Rhone River. The Rhone finally dips its tentacles in the Mediterranean some 813 kilometers from its glacial source in Switzerland. From a frigid, violent start the water reaches the river delta and lazily unfolds, like a beach towel, before …

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Lynne Alderson
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal History & Traditions

Lynne Alderson’s Aixcentric Love for Aix en Provence

Challenged to find ratatouille and timely updates on current events, Lynne Alderson took matters into her hands and launched Aixcentric. After three-years, this blog is THE go-to source for what is happening in and around Aix en Provence. From bus strikes to gallery openings, from Marseille’s shopping to the best …

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Eygalieres Sunset #Eygalieres #Provence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in Provence

Eygalières is Always worth a Visit

Maybe the panhandlers should have headed to Provence instead of California! Gold appears to be easy to come by under sunny Provencal skies, according to real estate agents who gush about the chic Cote d’Azur, the star-studded Var and Peter Mayle’s gold-dusted Luberon. The village of Eygalières has the geographic …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottRestaurant Recommendations in ProvenceTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Chateau la Coste a Go Casual for Lunch

Chateau la Coste beckoned! It has been at least two years since my last visit to the vineyard owned by Paddy McKillen, an Irishman with a love for Provence, wine and contemporary art and architecture. I made up for my lack of attendance with two lunchtime visits this summer.

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Hotel de Ville Aix-en-Provence #AixenProvence @PerfectlyProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Hotel de Ville at the Heart of Old and New Aix en Provence

The Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) and the busy square directly in front date from 1741 a time when Aix en Provence was the capital of Provence. The building was constructed for meetings between consuls and the Town Council. Today, the building remains the place where most administrative requests are …

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Mas de la Croix de Fer Mallemort Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottRental & Self-Catered Properties in ProvenceStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Mas de la Croix de Fer Self-Catered Gites in Mallemort

The owners of Mas de la Croix de Fer are celebrating their second season of running self-catering cottages in the Bouches-du-Rhône. The story of how they ended up in Mallemort is one of fate. Born in Zambia, Charmaine is a genuine South African – she speaks both English and Afrikaans. …

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Montmajour Abbey #Provence #Montmajour @PerfectlyProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Is Abbey of Montmajour Worth a Visit

It would be easy enough to skip the Abbey of Montmajour as you are rushing to Arles for a Feria du Riz or for lunch in St Remy on a lively terrace. Don’t skip by – it is magical!

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Thermes Sextius #AixenProvence @PerfectlyProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & Traditions

Discover the Artists and Artistic Side of Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence was founded in 122 BC by the Romans and called Aquas Sextius. The remains of the Roman baths can still be seen today at the entry to the Thermes Sextius, which offers a range of decadent spa treatments.

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La Rotunde Aix-en-Provence #AixenProvence #Provence #CityofWater
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Aix en Provence the City of Water Fountains

Aix en Provence is often referred to as the city of water. The Romans settled here in part due to ready access to natural springs. As the town began to take shape during the Middle Ages, there were hundreds of fountains created for domestic use. Today there are only about …

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Citroën 2CV Deux Chevaux #Provence #2CV #Touring @PerfectlyProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in Provence

2CV Experience Spend a Day in a Deux Chevaux

The Citroën 2CV or Deux Chevaux continues to be iconic in France. In summer months, you can often see a few cruising the smaller roads of Provence. The 2CV was produced from 1948 to 1990.  During those 42-years of production over 3.8 million cars were produced, but relatively few exist today.

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