Piano
 Festival Roque d'Antheron Festival International de Piano

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

Summer Piano Festival in La Roque d’Anthéron

Every summer, the Luberon village of La Roque d’Anthéron greets visitors from around the world for the International Piano Festival. The month-long Festival starts in mid-July, and music lovers fill the stands at Château de Florans. For four decades, the acoustical stage, set under a leafy canopy of Plantanes (Plane …

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Forget me Not Summer crop Provence Sophie Claire Novels
Books on ProvenceGuest PostInspire: Art & Culture

Provence is the Perfect Setting for Sophie Claire Novels

I’m often asked why I set my stories in this part of France and there are many reasons. Here I’ve picked out just a few for you: A Sensual Place Well firstly, it’s a stunning part of the world, as anyone who’s visited will know. The colours are intense, the …

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Lavender Fields Provence
Inspire: Art & CultureMargo Lestz

Exploring the Lavender Fields of Provence

Lavender Fields of Provence Rows of fragrant lavender plants stretching toward the horizon are an unforgettable sight. In fact, for many people, this is the first image that comes to mind when they think of Provence. You might imagine that the landscape has always been swathed in lines of lavender, …

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

Summer Festivals and Events in Provence 2020

What’s On? During the summer in Provence and the Côte d’Azur, daytime temperatures range from warm to hot. So, you don’t need an excuse to laze by the pool. At this time of year, the lavender is in bloom, and the sunflowers put on a spectacular floral show. From music …

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Raina Stinson Photography Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CulturePhotographers in Provence

Portrait Photography in Provence Workshops and Retreats

Fascinated with France since her childhood, Raina Stinson visited the country for the first time in 2014. That trip was a career turning point for this long-time nurse from Portland, Oregon. Shortly after that journey, she decided to take early retirement and combine her two passions, portrait photography and the …

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Molinari sardine Two Famous Marseille Expressions
Inspire: Art & CultureKeith Van SickleProvencal History & Traditions

Two Famous Marseille Expressions

“C’est la sardine qui a bouché le port de Marseille!” (A sardine blocked Marseille’s port!) This local saying is famous throughout France. Another that is less well-known is “Chercher Molinari” (look for Molinari). Both expressions, curiously, come from the same famous disaster that took place in the 18th century. The …

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Jean Moulin French Resistance
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Who Was Jean Moulin French Resistance Leader?

World War II France Jean Moulin is not a familiar name to those, like myself, who only took basic history courses in school. Our overview of World War II never mentioned this wartime hero. Once we began spending time in the Alpilles and noticed the Route Jean Moulin road signs, …

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Rose et Marius Perfume Rosé Wine collection
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Enter to Win a Rose et Marius Perfume Collection from Provence

As we grow tired of self-isolation and social distancing, there is probably no better time to “stop and smell the roses” or, in this case, the intoxicating perfume of Provencal rosé wine. We are excited to announce our first collaboration with Rose et Marius, the luxury perfume house and home …

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Bring France Life Virtually Murder In Series
Inspire: Art & CultureKeith Van Sickle

How to Bring French Culture into Your Life Virtually

Oh, to be in France in the spring! My wife and I live part-time in St-Rémy-de-Provence but had to cancel our travel plans this year. Now we are sheltering-in-place and yearning for sunny days in the South of France. But all is not lost! We are still connected to la …

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French Riviera Film Festival 2019 Award Winners
Guest PostInspire: Art & Culture

Online Watch Now! French Riviera Film Festival Finalists

Festival co-founder Nicole Muj shared this great news! Perfectly Provence readers are invited to enjoy from the comfort of their homes the 2019 winning and finalist short films of the 2019 French Riviera Film Festival. French Riviera Film Festival In celebration of short film and short-form content from around the …

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