Aigues Mortes Camargue Visit
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Aigues Mortes the Fortified Town in the Camargue

Don’t Argue with a King Aigues Mortes (Eaux Mortes or Dead Waters) is where King Louis IX chose to build a fortified presence in 1240. However, King Louis IX was not the first to construct near this marshland. Charlemagne beat him to it many years before when he had the …

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Raina Stinson Photography Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CulturePhotographers in Provence

Portrait Photography in Provence Workshops and Retreats

Fascinated with France since her childhood, Raina Stinson visited the country for the first time in 2014. That trip was a career turning point for this long-time nurse from Portland, Oregon. Shortly after that journey, she decided to take early retirement and combine her two passions, portrait photography and the …

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Molinari sardine Two Famous Marseille Expressions
Inspire: Art & CultureKeith Van SickleProvencal History & Traditions

Two Famous Marseille Expressions

“C’est la sardine qui a bouché le port de Marseille!” (A sardine blocked Marseille’s port!) This local saying is famous throughout France. Another that is less well-known is “Chercher Molinari” (look for Molinari). Both expressions, curiously, come from the same famous disaster that took place in the 18th century. The …

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La Cadière-d'Azur Var
Explore: Travel in ProvenceOur House in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

La Cadière-d’Azur Var Village to Visit

Hilltop Village La Cadière-d’Azur is a small medieval village perched on the edge of a cliff on the hill across from Le Castellet in the south-west of the Var region. After we finished our walk-about Le Castellet, we decided that since we were in the area, we should cross the valley …

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Raspberry Gin Panna Cotta
DessertFlans, Puddings & OtherMirabeau WinesProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Raspberry Gin Panna Cotta Recipe

This Raspberry Gin Panna Cotta recipe comes from the kitchen of Jane Lewis, the founder of Baked by Jane. She developed this hybrid panna cotta – trifle recipe using our Mirabeau rosé gin.

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French Riviera Juan les Pins Plage des Ondes
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Best of French Riviera Living in Juan les Pins

Who could blame New Zealand native Rebecca Whitlocke for falling in love with an Englishman and the French Riviera? For over a decade, Rebecca has lived with her young family on the French Riviera in Juan les Pins. This seaside town is a relatively small centre, as compared to Nice …

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Dessert Moroccan Almond Cigars
Cakes & CookiesDessertProvencal RecipesTasha PowellTaste: Food & Drink

For Dessert Moroccan Almond Cigars a Sweet Treat

Moroccan Almond Cigars or Cigares Marocains aux Amandes (in French) are crunchy, sticky, sweet and delicious!

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Petits Farcis Provencal Tomatoes
BeefCarolyne Kauser-AbbottMain CoursePorkProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Petits Farcis Provencal Tomatoes Stuffed with Basil

Petits Farcis are seasonal vegetables stuffed with a sausage meat mixture and then baked. The vegetables are often tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, sweet onions and even mushroom caps.

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Jean Moulin French Resistance
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Who Was Jean Moulin French Resistance Leader?

World War II France Jean Moulin is not a familiar name to those, like myself, who only took basic history courses in school. Our overview of World War II never mentioned this wartime hero. Once we began spending time in the Alpilles and noticed the Route Jean Moulin road signs, …

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