The First Noël Christmas Book Patricia Sands
Books on ProvenceKeith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & Culture

Christmas in Provence New Book by Author Patricia Sands

Book Review: The First Noël Kat, Philippe and the gang from the  three-book series are back, in a delightful new novella from Patricia Sands, The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes. Kat and Philippe are looking forward to their first Christmas together at the villa, and what should be a …

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Learning French Provence
Expat Living and Real EstateKeith Van SickleLearning French

Learning French in Provence it’s Not a Race

Never Argue With Your French Teacher My wife Val and I live in California but I spend several months every year in St-Rémy-de-Provence. When we first started doing this some years ago, Val spoke basic French and I spoke next to none. So we each took classes in the US …

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Favourite Restaurants Alpilles Maussane Clos St Roch outdoors
Keith Van SickleRestaurant Recommendations in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Our Favorite Restaurants Picks in the Alpilles

One of the pleasures of any trip to Provence is the food, and the region is full of wonderful restaurants. My wife and I live part of the year in St-Rémy-de-Provence and here are some of our favorite restaurant picks in the Alpilles (or close by). St-Remy Restaurants Brasserie les Variétés …

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Fun Things St Rémy de Provence
Explore: Travel in ProvenceKeith Van SickleVillages Towns and Cities

9 Fun Things To Do In St Rémy de Provence

St Rémy de Provence is one of the most charming towns in Provence. Nestled at the foot of the Alpilles Mountains and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, it’s a great place to spend a few days. Here are some fun things you can do while you’re there. Walk in …

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Legends of Provence Romée de Villeneuve
Keith Van Sickle

The Legends of Provence: Monk Romée de Villeneuve a Fable

The following is my interpretation from the book “Legendes de Provence” by Eugene Bressy. This book is a series of short stories about the legends of Provence. I let you decide whether you choose to believe this fable or not. “There is no rampart against gossip.”—Molière Falling for Gossip One bright day …

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Legends of Provence Book Cover Provence Legends Tarasque Monster Tarascon
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

The Legends of Provence: The Tarasque Monster of Tarascon

During our last visit to Provence, I picked up a book called the “Legendes de Provence” by Eugene Bressy. This book is comprised of a series of short stories about the legends of Provence. In this series of posts, I will dive into some of these stories and let you decide …

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Le Clos Saint Roch outdoors Maussane Restaurants
Keith Van SickleRestaurant Recommendations in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Le Clos Saint Roch a Great Restaurant Discovery in Maussane

“Every Day My Cooking Has to be Great”  Bon rapport qualité-prix. It means “good value for money” and it’s one of my favorite French expressions because…who doesn’t love a great value? So I was delighted to learn that Emmanuel Billaud, the chef at Le Clos Saint Roch in Maussane-les-Alpilles, was …

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Wild Animal Kingdom Provence Escargot sign In The Alpilles
Explore: Travel in ProvenceKeith Van Sickle

Encountering the Wild Animal Kingdom of Provence in the Alpilles

Contributor blog post by Keith Van Sickle: St-Rémy-de-Provence, where my wife Val and I live part of the year, is a beautiful Provençal town. It has a long history, starting with the original Roman city of Glanum—you can still see its ruins on the edge of town. St-Rémy is the …

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Sporting Life Decathlon Hiker France
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Frenchify Your Sporting Life at Decathlon

My wife and I were on vacation in Italy, zooming along the autostrada near Florence when she suddenly started shouting and waving. “Pull over!” she yelled. “Right now! There’s a Decathlon!” That got my attention. I spun the wheels to the right and barely made it onto the off-ramp in …

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James Jaulin Photography Photographer
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CulturePhotographers in Provence

James Jaulin Photography Exhibition in Gordes

James Jaulin is a world-travelling photographer who has previously been profiled in Perfectly Provence. His newest exhibition will be in the charming hilltop village of Gordes, beginning on April 28th and open every day from 9 am to 7 pm. The exhibition will take place in the Chapelle des Pénitents, …

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