Pétanque Provence’s Sport
Guest PostInspire: Art & Culture

Pétanque is Provence’s Sport

Provence is famous for many things. It’s a hotbed of culture, with many notable painters from the region, or living there for a while. The list includes Vincent van Gogh, who lived in Provence from early 1888 to the Spring of 1890, and Pablo Picasso, who spent each summer on …

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Souvenirs from Provence Market Bags
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Souvenirs to Take Home from Provence

What should I take home from Provence? Expect a sensory overload on your first (and every) visit to Provence. In mid-summer, purple-blue lavender rows contour the landscape. Market stalls brim with seasonal produce from blood-red cherries in the spring to the makings for ratatouille in late summer. Then there is …

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Spring Events in Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Spring Events in Provence Discover What’s On 2020

Spring Events in Provence Spring in Provence is absolutely lovely. As is the case with most of the year, the sun shines brightly, but expect the odd rainstorm. Moisture in this period is critical for the grapes, olives, and almonds to start their growing cycles. In March and April, expect …

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Sunflowers Provence Summer Flower
Caroline LongstaffeInspire: Art & Culture

Sunflowers in Provence the Summer Flower

What’s in a Name? Sunflowers are synonymous with Provence, their bright smiling faces adorning paintings and postcards throughout the region. With brilliant yellow petals, sometimes known as rays, their resemblance to the summer sun is unmistakable. Stunningly beautiful these dazzling flowers conjure up the very essence of summer, especially summer …

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Nature Photography Provence Alain Poirot flamingo head up-down
Inspire: Art & CulturePhotographers in ProvenceRebecca Ronane

Capturing Nature Photography in Provence

In recent years, my husband, Alain Poirot, discovered a passion for photography. Although he has travelled extensively, one of the many benefits of living in Provence is that nature is literally outside our door. Nature Nearby Photographic passion is a little more than the iPhone snap. It means making multiple …

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Book Villa des Violettes Patricia Sands book cover
Books on ProvenceInspire: Art & CultureKeith Van Sickle

Book Review: Lavender, Loss & Love at the Villa des Violettes

New Book by Patricia Sands “Families come in all shapes and sizes.” This phrase, spoken by one the women in Patricia Sands’ new novella, is a good summary of what this lovely book is about. And what families they are!—united by love, friendship, and sometimes even biology. Sands shows us …

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Marti Schmidt France Discover Artists Saint Quentin
Artists Inspired by ProvenceInspire: Art & CultureMarti Schmidt

Discover the Artists of Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie

Art Lover’s Tour During my fall 2019 art tour “Provence From an Artist’s Point of View,” I discovered a gem, Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, is an old village with colourful Provençal houses and medieval history. Clay has shaped the history of Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie since the middle ages. Come and join me this spring to …

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Guides Discovering Secret Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & Culture

Guides to Discovering Secret Provence and the French Riviera

Local Author and Guide Jean-Pierre Cassely is a recognizable public figure in Provence and beyond. Cassely worked for France 3 television for a decade and currently has a daily France-Bleu Provence radio slot called Provence Insolite (Unusual Provence). More recently, Jean-Pierre Cassely collected curious landmarks in two guidebooks Secret Provence and …

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Dans Ma Cuisine Key Luxury French Products
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

The Golden Key to Luxury French Products

Valentine’s Gift Idea The next My Stylish French Box ships to points around the globe in February. These beautiful parcels contain curated collections of made-in-France products. Indeed, to some Valentine’s Day is a bit of a gimmick when that lady in your life is special 365 days a year. However, …

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Rose et Marius Boutique Aix-en-Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Perfumed by Provence Rose et Marius + Discount

Rose et Marius is a luxury perfume house and home décor brand based in Aix-en-Provence. Founder Magali Fleurquin-Bonnard named the company after her grandmother, Rose, and as a tribute to Provence. Fleurquin-Bonnard’s inspiration for the exquisitely designed product line originates from childhood memories, at the family’s country home in Puget …

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