Marseille Fish Market Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocals Travel Tips

Marseille’s Coming Out

Gilles Conchy describes his birth city of Marseille, as “tense, cosmopolitan, not well-mannered, but it is colourful, generous and sunny all year long.”

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Cassis Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocals Travel TipsPaul Shawcross

Photographer and Writer Paul Shawcross Shares his Provence

France got in the way of Spain. That might be the way Paul Shawcross would describe his first taste of France in 1979. His plan was to drive through France en-route to discovering Spain. He stopped at a campground in Millau, part of the amazing Tarn River Gorge. It was …

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Domaine de Manville vue du bar @DomaineManville
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottHotels Provence & Cote d'AzurStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Alpilles Luxury Escape at Domaine de Manville

It took seven years, 50-million Euros and loads of patience before Domaine de Manville could achieve its 5-star rating. Edith and Patrick Saut are the visionary owners behind this new luxury “Palace Rural” situated in the heart of the Parc Naturel Regional des Alpilles.

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Provence Cooking Classes #Provence #Gourmet @ProvenceCook
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Cooking ClassesTaste

Bouillabaisse Discovery at Provence Gourmet Cooking Classes

Gilles Conchy says it was Provencal food and family ties that tugged him back to Provence after four years in California. Although, he admits that he could still be a “California boy.” The sandy, windswept beaches and seemingly endless sunny days of the southwest U.S. fit like a second skin …

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Mallemort view Provence Villages
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore

Discovering Mallemort The Heart of Provence

My mother might not approve as some of my relationships these days start via social media – a tweet, a Facebook “like.” That is exactly how we ended up on a rocky trail bordered by the Durance River and cherry orchards with our new friend Charmaine. We spent a Tuesday …

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St Maries Abrivado St Maries de la Mer Camargue View Provence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

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

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

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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 …

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Eygalieres Sunset Alpilles Provence Villages
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore

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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Liam Gillick Multiplied Resistance
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottRestaurant RecommendationsTasteWines 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-AbbottExploreProvencal History & Traditions

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

Aix’s Hotel de Ville 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 …

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