Pétanque Provence's Favourite Game Moustieres St Marie
InspireProvencal History & TraditionsVirginie Van Der Wees

Pétanque Provence’s Favourite Game is Balls of Fun

Join us for a French immersion stay in Provence with us, where your accommodation is a private bungalow next to our Mas. During your immersion, you will have 3 hours of lessons per day. We will share two meals together a day, and we will do two excursions together in …

Valentines Gift Guide 2022
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Valentine’s Gift Guide 2023 Inspired by Provence

While there is no reason to wait until February 14th to show your affection, not acknowledging Valentine’s Day might not be a good love strategy. So, to help with your shopping, we put together this Valentine’s Gift Guide with suggestions that won’t break the bank and are almost as good …

Roman Barge Arles Museum Antiquity
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

5 Places to Find Roman History in Provence

Visible traces of Roman history weave throughout Provence, which is one of many reasons to visit the region. Below we highlight five (5) top places for evidence of the Roman era. #1 Roman Aix-en-Provence The Romans understood the need for freshwater for a settlement to thrive and survive. So, Entremont, …

Chanel's Riviera by Anne de Courcy
Books on ProvenceInspireMary Jane Deeb

Book Review: Chanel’s Riviera by Anne de Courcy

Chanel’s Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930-1944, by Anne de Courcy, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2019. Book Review by Mary-Jane Deeb About the Author Despite her French name, Anne de Courcy is a British writer, biographer and journalist who lives in London and Gloucestershire. She …

Chandeliers Porsche Mathieu Lustrerie
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Celebrating Chandeliers and Porsche 911 at Mathieu Lustrerie

Located in Gargas in the Luberon Valley, Mathieu Lustrerie is recognized worldwide for its chandelier restorations. A chandelier is more than just a light; it is an art form, and Mathieu Lustrerie merits the prestigious label Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV). The EPV designation is open to trades involved in …

Memoirs Provence Books Provence Reading List
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Holiday Gift Guide: Books from Provence our 2022 List

Holiday Shopping Made Easy Here is our 2022 holiday gift guide for books from Provence for the people on your list who love reading, travelling, and dreaming of France. These books are for anyone who wants a literary “dose” of Provence. Whether you have visited the region or always dreamed …

Dreaming of Christmas in Provence
Caroline LongstaffeInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Why I’m Dreaming of Christmas in Provence

We departed Lourmarin just as winter had arrived, with Christmas around the corner. The trees were almost bare, only a few remnants of their golden autumn gown still clinging to the branches. Temperatures had fallen, especially when the Mistral blew her cruel, icy breath down the Rhône Valley. There were …

Winter in Provence Events Calendar La Rotonde Christmas Aix-en-Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Winter in Provence Events Calendar 2023

Winter Festivals and Events in Provence Winter in Provence. What are the colder months like in the South of France? Is it a good time to visit? So many images of the Provence and the Côte d’Azur are summer scenes with ribbons of blooming lavender fields, glasses of rosé with …

Gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
French Decor & GardensInspireSteve Wilkison

A Visit to the Fabulous Gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

One of the more challenging aspects of moving to France for my wife was losing her garden. In Nashville, where we lived for almost twenty years, we had an acre of property with lots of room for her to plant multiple gardens. Here in Vence, we live in an apartment …

Shop: Our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide from Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Shop: Our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide from Provence

2022 Holiday Gift Guide As December approaches, the countdown is on for holiday shopping. Discover our Holiday Gift Guide (2022) and Our Provencal Marketplace with products for the home (table, kitchen, and décor). In addition, we invite you to browse the selection of our favourite time-tested creations made with traditional …