The Walled City of Avignon
Bed & Breakfasts in ProvenceMary Kay SealesStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Where to Stay in Avignon? Le Limas Bed & Breakfast

“It feels like a home, an art gallery and a boutique hotel all in one” Avignon, the ancient walled city with the famous “pont,” is situated along the Rhone River on the TGV train line from Paris.  It is the perfect stopover en route to the Côte d’Azur, or can …

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Summer Reading Hemingway Woman Reading on the Beach
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMary Kay Seales

Summer Reading List: A Short Course on Hemingway

Hemingway aficionados should put these books together on your summer reading list for an inside look at the man behind the words & Paris in the 1920s I’ve started to make my university students read a few Hemingway short stories each quarter as a means of teaching them how to …

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Grand Hôtel du Cap Entrance
Hotels Provence & Cote d'AzurMary Kay SealesStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Dom Pérignon at the Grand Hôtel du Cap, anyone?

Whether you’re a guest at the hotel or just on the Côte d’Azur for vacation, you are welcome to dine, drink, and swim at this Four Seasons hotel on Cap Ferrat Unless you are a regular visitor to the world’s top hotels, you may be a bit intimidated walking into …

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Côte d'Azur Shopping Fragonard Store Eze Village
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMary Kay SealesShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Côte d’Azur Shopping to Get Me Through The Winter Blues Back Home

I have the incredible luxury of spending time in France every summer. Starting in 2000, when my daughter was still in junior high, my husband and I made it our priority to travel to France every year (rather than remodel the kitchen or build a new deck). We loved Paris, …

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Domaine de Fontenille Vineyards
Hotels Provence & Cote d'AzurMary Kay SealesStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Dream in French During a Stay at Le Domaine de Fontenille

“Even one night at this place is an unforgettable experience.” – Mary Kay Seales after her stay at this luxury property, in Provence, with her two sisters. Just a bit north of Aix-en-Provence near the tiny medieval village of Lauris is the stylish and architecturally perfect Domaine de Fontenille, on the …

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Beginner's Guide French Riviera by Mary Kay Seales
Books on ProvenceLifestyle: Art & CultureMary Kay Seales

The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera: Stop Dreaming and Start Packing

Book Review: “The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera“ from French Press Travel Books 2016 After 17 years of traveling to the French Riviera, every summer, and one very interesting winter and spring, and after being the go-to person among my friends and colleagues for advice about traveling to Paris and …

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