marche de noel isle sur sorgue
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Enjoy the Festive Season and Tour Provence this December

Provence is magical during the holiday season, and December is a wonderful time to visit the South of France.  The festivities begin in mid-November, running right through early January. The sparkling, festive ambience of Europe’s Christmas markets is legendary. The Strasbourg Christkindelsmärik is one of the largest in France, with …

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Lavender Fields in Provence
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Hunting for Lavender Fields in Provence

As I told you in my previous post about my favourite things in Provence, one of them is finding purple fields of lavender under a brilliant blue summer sky. So, of course, our first outing after arriving back in Sablet after our long absence due to the pandemic was to …

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Visiting L'île Verte Provence la Ciotat
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Visiting L’île Verte Provence’s Green Island

There’s only one island in Provence’s Bouches-du-Rhone with trees, and that’s the Ile Verte, off the coast of La Ciotat.  It’s just a 10-minute hop by navette from the Vieux Port of La Ciotat to this tiny island which is just 430x260m in size. Once there, you can enjoy the …

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Uzes market day close to Avignon
ExploreRenata HaidleVillages Towns and Cities

Great Day Trips from Avignon in 2-Hours or less

If you are here because you have already read about my brief visit to Avignon, you probably recall that I spent a few days there last fall – my first trip back to France after 22 months of absence and my first visit to this wonderful city. Picking up the …

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A Visit to Mougins, centre ville
ExploreGayle PadgettVillages Towns and Cities

A Visit to Mougins and 5 Things To Do

While in Mougins to give a talk on my latest book, The Birdwatcher’s Wife, I was delighted to reacquaint myself with the enchanting area. My previous visit had been three years ago when I made a presentation on my first book, Passion for Provence: 22 Keys to La Belle Vie. …

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Beautiful places in Provence
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Top little-known but beautiful places in Provence to visit in 2022

Provence is a unique region of France. There are numerous natural attractions in this region. Nice, Cannes, and Saint-Tropez are all Provence, but calanques, mountains, lavender fields and ocher canyons are also Provence. However, to see all the diversity of this region, you will need an appropriate rental car. Provence …

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Destination Nice French Riviera is one of the reasons we love Nice
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

10 Reasons We Love Nice, France

Nice is a fascinating city on the beautiful French Riviera. Annexed to France from Italy in 1860, you can feel the French and Italian cultures combined, creating a unique local lifestyle. There are many reasons we love Nice, and here are our top ten. Book a Holiday Rental Near Nice …

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Why Visit Aigues-Mortes
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Why Visit Aigues-Mortes the Old Mediterranean Port

It had been quite a few years since we visited Aigues-Mortes, so when cousin Jean-Marc suggested we go somewhere on the sea, I suggested we go there. I still recall the first time we went to Aigues-Mortes, years before buying our house in Sablet, with Tante Edith, Jean-Marc’s mother. Aigues-Mortes …

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Must-See Sites Avignon
ExploreOur House in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Must-See Sites in Avignon and Where to Eat Lunch

Avignon is 40 km southwest of Sablet, snuggled inside ancient walls along the Rhône River. The largest town in the Vaucluse, Avignon, is old, full of history, art, music and activity. I never get tired of wandering the narrow streets inside the fortified walls. We come to Avignon to shop …

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Visiting Grignan Beautiful Village
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Visiting Grignan a Beautiful Villages for Lunch in the Drome

We often visit Grignan in the Drome Provencale, an area that falls between the Rhone River and the Alps north of the Vaucluse. Since we were last there in the summer of 2019, Grignan was added to the Plus Beaux Villages de France. And, there is little wonder why. Rising …

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