Chateau Charlevel Art Centre
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Château Charleval Venue for Contemporary Art in Provence

Admittedly, we had never heard of Charleval or the significant neo-Gothic style castle on the edge of this agricultural village. Before the Château Charleval Provence Art Gallery, there had never been a reason to visit the town. Now, the former hunting lodge is a setting for “Amour Art Amitié” (Love, …

READ MORE  
Provence Fall Festivals 2022
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Provence Fall Festivals to Discover 2022 Events

Festivals and Fall Events in Provence Fall in Provence directs you towards a heartier menu. Enjoy meat (lamb, wild boar, taureaux, rabbit, fowl) roasted with herbes de Provence, root vegetables and delicious red wine blends. At this time of year, the hiking is fabulous, biking is possible, and golfers might …

READ MORE  
Les Baux de Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

8 Châteaux Castles of Provence to Visit

Perched on hilltops throughout the region, the castles of Provence are intriguing. These seemingly impenetrable fortresses have stone foundations and ramparts for defensive purposes. Reflective of turbulent periods in French history, many of the châteaux in southern France were built on summits maximising the ability to anticipate enemy approach. Today, …

READ MORE  
Lavender Provence Artisans Recipes
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLocal Food ProducersProvencal RecipesTaste

Lavender in Provence, from Farmers to Artisans to Recipes

In most people’s minds, lavender, rosé wine, and Provence are inseparable. As a result, the flowering lavender fields are a magnetic attraction for locals and visitors alike from mid-June until the middle of August. Farming Lavender The Romans first introduced the lavender plant to the South of France as they …

READ MORE  
Russian Church Nice
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Visiting the Alpes-Maritimes Highlights Seaside to Summits

At first blush, many visitors may not realize that the Alpes-Maritimes department expands from the beaches of the French Riviera to the ski resorts of the southern Alps to the Italian border. Surrounded by the Var and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Alpes-Maritimes has densely populated urban areas, famous Côte d’Azur cities, …

READ MORE  
Make Lavender Meringues
Cakes & CookiesCarolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertProvencal RecipesTaste

Learn How to Make Lavender Meringues

Meringues are not hard to make but require patience and a low baking temperature. The recipe below for Lavender Meringues comes from the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm in British Columbia, Canada. The Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is a family-run operation requiring an entire team for planting, harvesting, drying, distilling, …

READ MORE  
Sisteron Vallee du Jabron Vallee du Jabron Haute Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Our Top Touring Ideas for the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is nature’s patchwork quilt featuring mountains, gorges, rolling valleys, lavender fields and pockets of remote villages and busy towns. The Durance River plays an essential role in this department that features high mountain peaks of the Alps and the lower alpine foothills with remote villages. While there are other …

READ MORE  
Lavender Whipped Cream
Cakes & CookiesCarolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertProvencal RecipesTaste

Try this Citrus Dessert Lavender Lemon Cake

If you are a fan of desserts with citrus, this lavender lemon cake is calling your name. This recipe from our friends at the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is easy to assemble and ready in about an hour. Serve the cake with a dollop of whipped cream as shown …

READ MORE  
Make Lavender Ice Cream
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertProvencal RecipesTaste

Make Lavender Ice Cream this Summer

Some people, like my husband, crave ice cream all year. But, for others, summer is when the desire hits. This warm-weather recipe for lavender ice cream is fun and easy, making it a great activity to do with kids. And if lavender isn’t your flavour of choice, try substituting spearmint, …

READ MORE  
Okanagan Farms A Perfect Summer Salad
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSaladTaste

A Perfect Summer Salad Mixed Greens and Fresh Fruit

Regardless of where you spend your summer, it should mean less time in the kitchen so that you can enjoy the weather. On a hot day, the last place you want to be is behind a stove, which is why a summer salad is an ideal light meal.  This recipe …

READ MORE