Owners Roseraie de Gérenton
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensInspire

Roseraie de Gérenton a Magnificent Rose Garden in Provence

Provence’s Roseraie de Gérenton has 300 Rose Varieties! Cultivating any garden takes time, patience, and lots of challenging work. In early 2015, Sylvie and John Brun bought a property near Bédoin in the Vaucluse. Although the property was previously an agricultural plot about 50 years ago, the old grapevines and …

The Essence of Provence: the Story of L’Occitane Book Review
Books on ProvenceInspireMary Jane Deeb

The Essence of Provence: the Story of L’Occitane a Book Review

The Essence of Provence: the Story of L’Occitane, by Pierre Magnan, translated from the original French L’Occitane: une histoire vraie, Denoël, Paris, France, 2001, by Richard Seaver, Arcade Publishing, New York, 2nd edition, 2012. Book Review by Mary-Jane Deeb About the Author Pierre Magnan (1922-2012) was a prolific French writer …

Fête de la Transhumance in Provence's Tinée Valley
InspireProvencal History & TraditionsSteve Wilkison

My Fête de la Transhumance Experience in Provence’s Tinée Valley

A Sea of Sheep I pressed my back tight against the stone facade of the ancient house on the narrow street where I stood. Around me were dozens of other people doing the same. How, I wondered, was that huge mass of sheep barreling toward us going to fit through? …

Provence French Cuisine Petite Box
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Order Today! A Mother’s Day Gift Box from Provence

Are you searching for a Mother’s Day gift? We have the perfect one for the Francophile Foodie Mom. Introducing The French Cuisine Petite Box, a collaboration between food blogger Le Chef’s Wife and gifting company Best French Forever. The French Cuisine Petite Box is a curated selection of beautifully handcrafted, …

Tintin in Provence a Feature Show at Carrières des Lumières
InspireKeith Van SickleWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Tintin in Provence a Feature Show at Carrières des Lumières

After a successful run in Paris, Tintin, The Immersive Adventure will arrive at Les Baux’s Carrières des Lumières on April 15. The Carrières des Lumières, run by Culturespaces, pioneered the concept of immersive art some years ago. It has been so successful that other sites opened worldwide, in fascinating spots …

Portrait Photography Raina Stinson
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspirePhotographers in Provence

Learning Photography in Provence Join Raina Stinson

In Provence, dreams can come true. Raina Stinson’s move to France in February 2018 was brave. She was on her own and spoke limited French. Nonetheless, Raina was pursuing her goal of becoming a full-time photographer, a vision she had since she was 18. Today, Raina is a professional photographer …

Place d’Albertas in Aix-en-Provence
AixcentricInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Place d’Albertas in Aix-en-Provence Time for Improvements

According to information from the Mairie in Aix-en-Provence, the long-running saga of this 18th-century square might be resolved soon. The ‘travaux’ should begin quickly and will last nine months. The square dates back to 1745 when the d’Albertas family, who lived in the large building opposite what was then a …

Artisan Creators in Provence Lavender Wands
Artists Inspired by ProvenceInspireMartine Bertin-Peterson

4 Artisan Creators Worth Visiting in Provence

One of the joys of visiting Provence is visiting local artisans and learning about ancient crafts, still practiced and relevant today. Lavender Wands In Les Baux de Provence, Elsa Lenthal has reignited the age-old art of “fuseaux de lavandes” (lavender wands). Perhaps because replicating an old-fashioned fuseau de lavande is …

Must-See Marseille Venue Palais de la Bourse
AixcentricInspireWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Must-See Marseille Venue for Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition brings 34 life-sized photos of his Sistine Chapel ceiling, one of mankind’s most outstanding artistic achievements, up close for what organizers call a ‘never-before-seen perspective.’ The location in Marseille is the Palais de la Bourse, down at the bottom of the Canebière. It is the …

Guide the French Riviera Book Cover
Books on ProvenceInspireMary Kay Seales

New Edition! The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera

The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera: Stop Dreaming & Start Packing, 2nd Edition by Mary Kay Seales The Second Edition to The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera, with updates on restaurants, hotels, and day trips from your base in Nice or Villefranche-sur-Mer, has everything you need to help …