History Pigeonniers of France
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History the Pigeonniers of France in Perspective

Beautiful Bird Homes Thousands of pigeonniers, or pigeon towers, dot the landscape of the south of France. If you look for them, you will quickly realise that they come in an astonishing variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Arguably, no creature has had more beautiful homes built for it than …

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Le moulin de Pallières official photo
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

The Pallières Windmill in Pennes-Mirabeau Back to Milling Flour

Named after a rocky outcrop in Pennes-Mirabeau, the 18th-century Pallières windmill stopped working sometime between 1862-66. Finally, after a lengthy restoration project commencing in 2019, the mill is functioning and open for visitors. Once again, sitting on its rocky ledge, the Pallières windmill has operational blades and a dedicated miller …

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Cosquer Mediterranée in Marseille
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Amazing Cosquer Mediterranée in Marseille Immersive Experience

Cosquer Mediterranée recreates the prehistoric cave paintings which exist 35 metres below sea level near Marseille in an underwater labyrinth investigated by speleologist Henri Cosquer. Of course, 20,000 years ago, the cave-dwellers could wander in and out of these dwellings where they drew the wildlife of their habitat: sea animals, …

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Easter Traditions in Provence
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Sweet Treats, Food and Easter Traditions in Provence

The following article on Easter traditions in Provence is an excerpt from Marie Helene, the founder of Remember Provence. Online store Remember Provence sells Provencal-themed housewares, gift items and culinary ingredients to customers worldwide. In 2013, the French company relaunched the website and moved product sales to an entirely Internet-based …

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Visiting St Rémy de Provence Locals Tips Book
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Visiting St Rémy de Provence? Get Insider Tips from a Local

The largest village in the Alpilles, St Rémy de Provence, has dangerously tempting boutiques, excellent restaurants, a dynamic Wednesday morning market, and even a movie theatre. Located at the base of the mountain range, St Rémy was the birthplace of Nostradamus (1503), and many of Vincent van Gogh’s canvases feature …

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Le beaucet village Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireLearning French

Learn French and Photography on Holiday in Provence

Let’s face it learning another language is challenging. So, why not plan a holiday in Provence that combines learning French and photography skills improvement? Avril Vanlerberghe is a language specialist based in Provence, and this summer, she is offering French and Photography experiences in July and August. These immersion programs …

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Spring Events in Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Spring Events in Provence Discover What’s On 2022

Spring Events in Provence Springtime in Provence is 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. Expect to see the apple, pear, …

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L'AUGUSTE Provence Beautiful Accessories
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

L’AUGUSTE Provence Beautiful Accessories from Watercolours

At L’AUGUSTE Provence, showcasing the Provencal countryside always starts with an image. Finding endless inspiration in Provence’s landscapes, local traditions, and exceptional French craftsmanship, the three founders (Caroline, Laure and Stéphanie) launched L’AUGUSTE Provence in 2021. By combining their expertise, these friends turn Laure’s watercolour paintings into attractive, practical accessories. …

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Discovering Provence Part-Time
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

William Adams Shares Discovering Provence Part-Time

France Part-Time A summertime sabbatical from Colby College in 2013 led William D. Adams and his wife Lauren Sterling to Provence. After exploring the Aix region during that break, they decided to spend more time in Provence. The couple now split their time between Portland, Maine and their home in …

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Artists Inspired by ProvenceInspireVictoria Koning

Enjoy this Virtual Art Tour of Cotignac in the Var

Cotignac is a small but lively village in the Var region with a rich and fascinating history that goes right back to medieval times. It is an ‘open village’ that already provides a colourful history, but for lovers of art, there is far more than meets the eye, as Cotignac …

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