5 Parks French Riviera Vue sur le Lac de Sainte-Croix dans le Verdon en @Di Duca.M
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocals Travel Tips

5 Parks to Visit Near the French Riviera

On a hot summer day, when the highways, marinas, and beaches of the Côte d’Azur are teaming, take a nature break away from the crowds. The fact that the countryside is easy to access is one of many appeals of the French Riviera. From the Mediterranean coast to the Alps, …

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Novel by Sophie Claire Summer at the French Olive Grove
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Books to Read the Latest Novel by Sophie Claire

Born in Africa, her childhood featured many relocations, but Sophie Claire spent summers in the South of France visiting her grandparents. It’s those memories of sunny, carefree days that inspire her novels today. Sophie Claire’s latest novel, Summer at the French Olive Grove, was published in May 2021. Her effortless …

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Arles History Roman Arena Explore Provence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocals Travel Tips

Arles: Art, Photos, Shopping and More Reasons to Visit

Considered the gateway city to the Camargue, Arles has it all – history, shopping, gourmet food and enough grit to capture your interest. Here are some of the top reasons to visit Arles: Artsy Arles Frank Gehry designed Luma Arles, opened in June 2021, a project commissioned by local philanthropist …

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French Flag Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore

Travel to France Health Pass Need to Know

France is implementing a new health pass if it wasn’t hard enough to keep track of the Covid-19 variants, infection surges, and colour-coded travel restrictions. Effective today, the “pass sanitaire” (health pass) is a requirement for anyone (18 years and older) for entry into locations with a capacity of more …

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Top 10 Markets Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurTaste

Shop Our Top 10 Markets in Provence Côte d’Azur

Provencal markets, like French cheeses, come in many sizes and varieties. For food lovers, selecting just-picked produce, fresh fish, local meat, and cheeses is a culinary delight. In many cases, this is precisely how local chefs decide upon their daily menus and the signature plat du jour. Every Day is …

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Provencal Gifts Remember Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Provencal Gifts from Remember Provence 20% Discount

If Covid-19 has taught us anything, why wait for next year? Marie Helene and Emmanuel Beriot of Remember Provence are celebrating the company’s 24th anniversary of selling gift items from Provence. They curate and ship Provencal housewares, linens, cosmetics, and culinary ingredients to customers worldwide. Originally founded in 1997 when …

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Les Pastras Olive Grove
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food ProducersTaste

Fire Destroys an Olive Grove in Provence

As in many parts of the world, hot summer months in Provence bring an increased risk of forest fires. Fire in the Olives If we ever needed a reminder that all it takes is a spark, our friends at Les Pastras lost 180 olive trees to a grass fire on …

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Seillans Pays de Fayence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Explore the 9 Hilltop Villages in the Pays de Fayence

Discover the Pays de Fayence The Pays de Fayence is only a 30-minute drive from Saint-Raphaël. The area is a quiet contrast to the busy Mediterranean coast. With its perched villages and unspoilt natural setting, this region of Provence remains anchored to the past. There are nine (9) hilltop villages …

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L'Esplaï du grand Bar des Goudes Bouillabaisse in Marseille
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food ProducersTaste

In Search of Bouillabaisse in Marseille

Bouillabaisse is Marseille’s signature dish. However, a bit like the city that proclaims to be its birthplace, bouillabaisse is a riddle. Is it a stew or a soup? Is it a noble dish or peasant food? Was it created by the invading Greeks or by hungry fishermen? Is it even …

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St Tropez Old Port St Tropez Gift Box
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

St Tropez Gift Box from My French Country Home

A Gift from St Tropez Although nothing could replace a weekend on the shores of the Mediterranean in sun-soaked St Tropez, a gift box is always a treat. My French Country Home has put together a selection of top-quality products representative of the city that Brigitte Bardot chose as her …

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