Love Lavender and Provence
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In Love with Lavender and Provence

I’ve only been in Provence once during lavender season. It was many years ago when everything in the region was new to me and I was much less adventurous. As a result, I didn’t see much lavender and have regretted it ever since. This year I wanted to be here …

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Mont Ventoux AOC Vineyards
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Mont Ventoux AOC Vineyards Discover the Wines

Harvest or vendanges for wineries in the Ventoux usually takes place between the end of August and the last part of September. For those who don’t know this wine region, AOC Ventoux (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) is a vast area in the southern Rhône with over 150 wineries. And it’s a …

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Croissants Pain aux Chocolate Recipe @ATableenProvence
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Make Croissants for Jan 30th National Croissant Day

National Croissant Day January 30, 2021, is National Croissant Day in the United States, so why not start your day with a café creme and a flaky croissant? Croissants are not typically Provencal fare, but you can expect every respectable bakery to present their version of this French pastry for …

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Quick Saint-Tropez Getaway
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A Quick Saint-Tropez Getaway

Quick Getaway to Saint-Tropez Do you know the way to Saint-Tropez? I am quite certain that is not how the song goes, but I think it can easily be substituted! This summer was a super eventful one, with guests leaving, new guests arriving, big dinners, photoshoots and a little mini-break …

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Vaucluse Vineyards Provencal Rituals Cultural Norms
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvencePaula Kane

Provencal Rituals Rediscovering the Cultural Norms

By Paula Kane I am a big fan of ritual. Simple or complex, I believe they are good for keeping us grounded in something bigger than ourselves. I have mini rituals I do every day, but when I get to France, I crash right into a whole different set of …

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AOC Ventoux Wines Beaumes-de-Venise
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Heartache of Good-bye to Provence and AOC Ventoux Wines

By Paula Kane: It constantly amazes me how quickly two months pass. It seems in the dead of winter each month is dreadfully long and feels interminable. In contrast, the summer functions the complete opposite. It is never long enough and ends too quickly. These two months in Provence are …

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Fall Weather Provence
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvencePaula Kane

Saying Goodbye to Fall Weather and Provence

By Paula Kane Here it is, the last full weekend of my stint in Provence. The time always whips by and it’s hard to believe I’ve been here just over two months already. This stretch is often punctuated with a wide range of emotions, and this year has been no …

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French Bread
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Confessing my Love for French Bread

Gluten has been getting a bad rap for a while now. It’s really not fair, as all gluten is not created equally. And some people who think they might have an aversion to gluten are often having issues with the highly processed variety, are perhaps having too much of it, …

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Mont Ventoux Cycling Challenge
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Mont Ventoux a Cycling Challenge: Taming the Beast

I’ve been cycling most of my life. Like everyone else, I started on training wheels, moved on to a hand-me-down single speed with coaster brakes, then upgraded to an awesome 10-speed. After that, mountain bikes were all the rage, so at 15, I bought my first bike—a Peugeot mountain bike—with …

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Provence Nature
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvencePaula Kane

Living in Provence and the Healing Power of Nature

Contributor blog post by Paula Kane: My first week here has gone by in a flash. Perhaps because summer is always like that, or perhaps it was my fuzziness and lack of focus most of the week due to some lingering vertigo. Either way, it went by quickly with dinners and …

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