A French Collection Podcast
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

A French Collection Founder Launches a New Podcast

Annette Charlton admits she is a Francophile to the core. She is also the founder of A French Collection (blog) and now a new podcast series. For a decade, the Charlton family – Annette, her husband, and three children – split their time between Newcastle in Australia and Brittany in …

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Ansouis Village Luberon Church
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Ansouis one of Les Plus Beaux Villages in Provence

Perched on a craggy outcrop with its back to the Mistral wind, Ansouis is a gem of a village in Provence’s Vaucluse that deserves its status as one of les Plus Beaux Villages de France. Ansouis sits in the heart of the Luberon, surrounded by vineyards and endless olive trees. …

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Giveaway Aug 11-16 Trouvailles Collage
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Enter to Win a Trouvailles Provence Box it’s a Lucky Find

Born with wanderlust in her veins, Tina Sequeira now lives in Canada after a time in the Middle East. Having travelled extensively from a young age, she says that traipsing around airports is feels like a second skin. Many travellers will never fly from Toronto to Dubai, but Tina undertook …

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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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