Death in High Provence Book by George Bellairs
Books on ProvenceInspireMary Jane Deeb

Book Review: Death in High Provence by George Bellairs

George Bellairs, Death in High Provence, Ipso Books, London, 2016. Originally published in 1957 in Great Britain by John Gifford Ltd., and in 1963 in the U.S by Penguin. A review by Mary-Jane Deeb. About the Author George Bellairs is the nom de plume of Harold Blundell (1902-1982), a mystery …

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Les Baux de Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

8 Châteaux Castles of Provence to Visit

Perched on hilltops throughout the region, the castles of Provence are intriguing. These seemingly impenetrable fortresses have stone foundations and ramparts for defensive purposes. Reflective of turbulent periods in French history, many of the châteaux in southern France were built on summits maximising the ability to anticipate enemy approach. Today, …

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French Table Linens Provence
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Quality French Table Linens Made in Provence

It isn’t easy (for me) to walk by a market vendor in Provence that carries table linens without at least a quick stop. The array of bright colours and attractive patterns are like a magnet drawing me in close – even though I should know better! Unfortunately, these products (table …

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Nice Biennial of Arts
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Nice Biennial of Arts Museums Celebrate with Flowerworks

Flowerworks – that’s the theme for 10 museums and galleries across Nice from now until autumn and, in some cases, 2023. The Musée Massena has ‘Nice Queen of Flowers’, which looks at how flowers have provided motifs for local architecture and the decorative arts. But, of course, the painters loved …

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Lee Miller. Petersham on wool, Vogue Studio, London, England, 1944. © Lee Miller Archives, England, 2022.
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Celebrating Photography at Rencontres d’Arles and Lee Miller Show

‘Lee Miller Photographe Professionelle’  focuses on one of the most intense and productive periods in the life of this intriguing (*) American photographer (1907–1977). During the 1930s, she was a fashion model but moved behind the camera to head her studio in New York.  She specialised as a fashion and …

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Book An Escape to Provence
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An Escape To Provence is a Love Letter to Provence

Sophie Claire just published her latest novel, An Escape To Provence. Her writing features uplifting emotional stories with their heart in Provence, where she spent her childhood summers. Half French, half Scottish, Sophie Claire was born in Africa and grew up in England. She felt she didn’t belong anywhere – …

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Summer Read Sunshine and Shadows at the Vineyard Jane Dunning
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Summer Reading: Sunshine and Shadows at the Vineyard

Grab a transat (lounge chair) and settle for a great summer read complete with family dynamics, hot bodies, yachts, and a tour through Provence. Sunshine and Shadows at the Vineyard is the latest novel by Jane Dunning and here is our review. The Author Following a diverse career in advertising, …

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Silk Art Exhibition in Ménerbes
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Silk Art Exhibition in Ménerbes this Summer

Until the end of September, La Vie en Soie II is an installation of textile creations by artist Joanna Staniszkis in Ménerbes. Located in Hotel de Tingry on Rue Cornille, next to the historic Dora Maar House, the exhibition includes recent works by Staniszkis, a Canadian who has lived in …

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Artists Open House Forcalquier
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Artists Open House a Reason to Visit Forcalquier

The artists and artisans of Forcalquier open their doors for the ninth edition of Ateliers Ouverts from July 29th through August 1st, 2022. Les Ateliers Ouverts Truly a celebration of creativity, the event takes place throughout the town with street entertainment, outdoor photo displays and art shown in galleries, shop …

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Lavender Fields near Aix Terre Ugo
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensInspire

Looking for Lavender Fields near Aix Head to Terre Ugo

Visit the lavender fields near Aix-en-Provence! Terre Ugo is a 7-hectare family farm located on the outskirts of Aix in Puyricard. In 2017, the family planted 30,000 organic Lavandin Grosso plants on a portion of the property. Now, during the peak of the flowering season, you can visit Terre Ugo …

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