Keith Van Sickle Book
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Living in St Remy de Provence in the Alpilles

They fell in love with the South of France, although apparently not at first sight. It took 20 visits to Provence before Keith, and Val Van Sickle decided to make the region their part-time home. The couple’s home is near San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley. However, a contract assignment …

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Apt Cent Cinq Holiday Apartments Apt Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Holiday Apartments in Apt a Place to Explore Provence

Jen and Chris Mallon are British transplants. They sold everything in 2018 and moved from England to Apt in the South of France. It was a quick move they decided to relocate in June and arrived in France at the end of September. They left their jobs, sold a house, …

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Restaurant du Cours Provencal Village Life Cotignac
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

The Benefits of Provencal Village Life in Cotignac

Cotignac in Provence’s Var Susana Iwase Hanson is the founder of Provence Living.net, after living on several continents, she and her husband discovered Cotignac, a quiet village in the Var, a decade ago (read her interesting backstory). Cotignac’s residents enjoy the benefits of living in the Provencal countryside with the Mediterranean …

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Puyricard Provence Vineyards Tasha at Chateau du Seuil PUYRICARD
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Puyricard, Where I Live in Provence

Fully bilingual (English and French), Tasha Powell calls Los Angeles, California home when she is not in living in Puyricard outside of Aix-en-Provence. Located 10 kilometres from the centre of Aix, Puyricard is part of the greater metro area, with the benefits of centralized services such as public transport. The …

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Top French Mistake English Speakers
Expat Living and Real EstateGuest PostLearning French

The Top French Mistakes Made by English Speakers

Guest Post by Aimee Laurence: French is a difficult language to learn and it’s normal to make mistakes. English speakers especially struggle with certain parts of the French language when it comes down to speech patterns. By knowing what some common French mistakes are, you can save time and confusion …

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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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St Remy Lavender
Expat Living and Real EstateKeith Van SickleLiving in Provence

Living in Provence Getting Deep Into Local Culture

Living Part-time in Provence My wife and I live part of the year in St-Rémy and it’s been fun to get to know the place. One way we’ve done it is through local associations, which are groups organized around a common interest. Associations are popular in France and every town …

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French Lesson Organic Garden
Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLearning French

Bees and a French Lesson in an Organic Garden

By Vaucluse Dreamer: Bee-Friendly Provence When you think of flowers in Provence, your mind tends to think about fields ablaze with poppies or the purple flashes of the lavender fields and the vibrant markets are home to stalls piled high with locally-produced fruit and vegetables or selling honey, created by …

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Recipe Learning French Provence the Key
Expat Living and Real EstateLearning FrenchMarina Depoorter

My Recipe for Learning French in Provence

Recipe for Learning French Take Provence a stunning, sunny, colourful area of France, known for its landscapes, food and wonderful quality of life, add to it the poetic and lyrical French language, a pinch of willpower, a spoonful of motivation and of course, a dash of fun and laughter. Gently …

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French Real Estate Terms Gardens
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real Estate

French Real Estate Terms to Know Before Buying

Buying Property anywhere should cause one to pause and reflect on the investment. However, in France, there are some nuances to the way the residential real estate market operates. In addition, there is associated terminology that is specific to the real estate transaction process that you should know before buying …

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