Jacqueline Bircard Artist Exhibition Lourmarin
Artists Inspired by ProvenceLifestyle: Art & CultureModern Trobadors

Jacqueline Bircard Regard Naïf Europeen Exhibition Extended

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull: There were just a few paintings still to hang when I left Lourmarin in late September. Before departing—and two days before the opening–I popped by to see Jacqueline Bricard, proprietor of the naïf art gallery bearing her name and curator of the “Regard Naïf Européen” …

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Need help in Lourmarin? Better Call Walter

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull: Last year, about this time, my daughter and I were on our way from Lourmarin to Château d’Esclans in La Motte, about 150 kilometers away in the département of the Var. There, we were to meet with Tom Schreckinger, Communications Director for the Château, …

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French Foreign Legion Historical Image
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The French Foreign Legion from Hollywood to Aubagne to Paris

Contributor blog post by Jerry Clark @Modern Trobadors: It’s Academy Award season, and as it was with me a year ago when I wrote of Marcel Pagnol, I am drawn back to Provence, in fact to his hometown of Aubagne. On this occasion it began last fall when I was …

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Lourmarin #Lourmarin @Susan_pwz
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Who’s the Face Behind “Lourmarin, Lourmarin”?

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull: If you follow what’s happening in Lourmarin, the charming village at the southern base of the Luberon where the Manfull family has been hanging their hats for many years, you’ve no doubt seen something about “Lourmarin, Lourmarin.” Have you wondered what “Lourmarin, Lourmarin” is? …

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Recipe for Aioli @Susan_PWZ
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Garlic is in the Air It Must be Aioli Time

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull: When the weather gets hot, our mortar and pestle becomes a fixture on the kitchen table. The familiar rhythmic sound of pestle-striking-mortar fills the air and the pungent aroma of garlic wafts through the house. Aïoli. It’s aïoli time. The word, aïoli, comes from …

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Grape Stomp @LesPastras @Susan_PWZ
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Stomp Some Grapes in Provence at Les Pastras

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull: If you are in Provence and looking for something different to do—in between touring Roman ruins and visiting hilltop villages—I’ve got the answer: Kick off your shoes, climb into a huge oak barrel filled with grapes, and start stomping. That’s what Provence WineZine photographer …

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Marc Chagall at the Carrières de Lumières: Extraordinary

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull: The Carrières de Lumières defy description. One could say (aptly) that it is a multi-media extravaganza—about 100 projectors casting 3,000 images on walls as high as 14 meters, spilling onto the ceiling and the floor, and choreographed perfectly with music ringing out from about …

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Jamie Ivey @ProvenceGuru @ModernTrobador
Books on ProvenceLifestyle: Art & CultureModern Trobadors

Catching up with the Provence Guru

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull: Those of you who travel to Provence or fancy a trip sometime soon–or who are lucky enough to live here–no doubt are acquainted with the Provence Guru. The Guru–aka, Jamie Ivey–and wife Tanya traded their London lives for adventures in Provence that spawned four …

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Markets in Provence #Markets @Susan_PWZ
Markets in Provence and Cote d'AzurModern TrobadorsTaste: Food & Drink

Mapping the Markets of Peter Mayle’s Provence

Contributor blog post by The Modern Trobadors: Twenty years ago, my husband, daughter, and I rolled into Marseille on the high-speed train from Paris.  If I recall correctly, the Aix-en-Provence TGV station had not yet been built. We rented a car and drove to Aix-en-Provence, where we would spend several …

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Las Pastras Truffle Oak Tree @LasPastras @Susan_PWZ
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My Truffle Oak Tree Grows in Provence

Contributor blog post by The Modern Trobadors: Thanks to a very generous friend, my family and I own an oak tree in Provence. Nestled in the thickly wooded hills of the Luberon between Lourmarin and Cadenet, is a large organic farm called Les Pastras (which means “the pastures,” in Langue …

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