Gift for You Box from My French Country Home
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

A Gift for You the Box from My French Country Home

Spring is in the air in the northern hemisphere, and it’s time to pamper yourself with a special gift. Time for Moi-Même (time for me) is a curated box of beautiful French products for you from My French Country Home (MFCH). Once again, the MFCH team has put together a …

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Un Automne en Pays de Fayence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Un Automne en Pays de Fayence Captures the Heart of Provence

With non-essential travel to France restricted due to Covid-19, soulmates Catherine Karnow (National Geographic photographer) and Gilles Portaz (geography and history professor) spent a year apart. Finally, thanks to the “love visa,” a compassionate entry permit for non-married couples, they were reunited in Provence in November 2020. They got reacquainted …

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Mother’s Day Collection Box 2021
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Mother’s Day Collection Box a Gift from France

Mother’s Day Gift Of course, we should celebrate our mother every day of the year, but more than any other day, let’s make sure she feels special on Mother’s Day. The creative team at My French Country Home has the answer with a gift box curated for mothers. Order the …

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Antibes Insider Visitor's Guide Book
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Antibes Insider a Must-have Visitors Guide for the Riviera

Packing essentials for a trip to the South of France – cool shades, a straw hat, a bathing suit and a beach bag. What else do you need for a trip to the French Riviera? Perhaps a peek inside the address book of someone who lives there. Antibes Insider Visitor’s …

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The Bridge Club Book
Barefoot BloggerBooks on ProvenceInspire

The Bridge Club a Book that Celebrates Friendship

My BFF Patricia Sands just published the re-release of her novel, The Bridge Club. The book is a celebration of friendship shared with eight women over a half-century… and counting. Celebrating Friendship Patricia and I met in Uzès five years ago at the instigation of our mutual friend, Carolyne Kauser …

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Olbia Lost Mediterranean City
InspireKeith Van SickleProvencal History & Traditions

Olbia a Lost Mediterranean City and its Mysterious Port

An Ancient Greek Colony Long before the Romans conquered Gaul (France), the Greeks established a series of colonies along its Mediterranean coast. Marseille, the oldest city in France, was once the Greek colony of Massilia. It, in turn, established smaller colonies in the area around it. One of these was …

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AixcentricInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Discovering Arles the Museums and Roman Sites

I discovered some interesting information online about a dig that has been progressing on the opposite bank of the Rhône River (from Arles), at Trinquetaille. Underneath an 18th-century glassworks, now a ‘monument historique,’ they have uncovered a group of Roman houses, many with mosaic floors.  The fresco in the illustration …

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Beautiful My French Collection Box
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Feeling Lucky? My Beautiful French Collection Box Giveaway

Annette Charlton, the founder of My French Collection Box, is giving away one ‘So French So Chic‘ box to a lucky winner. This beautifully wrapped box will transport you to France with French blue items including a Savon de Marseille soap, elegant French linen scarf and gorgeous notebook celebrating the …

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Discover Underwater Museum Marseille nereides 2
Artists Inspired by ProvenceInspireKeith Van Sickle

Discover the Underwater Museum of Marseille

Statues have graced the world for thousands of years, in cathedrals, museums, and sculpture gardens. But now visitors to Marseille will be able to enjoy them in a new location—underwater. The Underwater Museum of Marseille (Musée Subaquatique de Marseille) recently opened its doors, so to speak, with ten newly-created sculptures …

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Cocteau Chapel
Artists Inspired by ProvenceGuest PostInspire

Master Artists Influence on the French Riviera

The South of France has long attracted artists and creative types who were inspired by the natural beauty. Vincent Van Gogh followed his dream to Arles. Paul Cézanne returned to his beloved Aix-en-Provence after time spent in Paris. Paul Gaughin accepted Van Gogh’s invitation to head south and participate in …

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