Sainte Baume Grotto Views
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Sacred Sainte Baume Grotto a Pilgrims’ Walk in Provence

A Natural Grotto Between the busy urban centres of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, at the heart of the Parc naturel régional de la Sainte-Baume, is a mountain that stretches 12km and a famous religious site. The Sainte Baume Grotto is a prominent destination for Christian pilgrimages and anyone interested in discovering …

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Christmas Traditions Santons Provence
InspireMartine Bertin-PetersonProvencal History & Traditions

Christmas Traditions the Santons of Provence

One thing that always warms my heart during the holidays in Provence is the culture’s commitment to quality and tradition. We always see pictures of the endless lavender fields and crystal azure skies, but I feel as though Christmas time is when the real Provence shines brightest. Free from the …

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French Silk History Garden
Barefoot BloggerInspireProvencal History & Traditions

French Silk History and a Walled Garden near Uzés

By Barefoot Blogger: When driving down the backroads of France near Uzés, it’s a common sight to ride alongside tall stone walls. You know these beautifully laid stones must conceal something amazing. Perhaps behind French garden walls, there’s a story to be told. Behind French Garden Walls Not too long …

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Taking Root in Provence Book cover #Provence #Books
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Christmas in Provence

Dutch-born Anne-Marie Simons is a traveller. She studied in Paris, worked in Brussels and then moved to the United States where for a long time she worked only to support her travel-bug. Today, Anne-Marie and her husband Oscar reside in Aix-en-Provence where she continues to hone her writing. The following …

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Fort Saint-Jean Marseille
AixcentricInspireProvencal History & Traditions

MuCEM and Fort Saint-Jean for History Buffs in Marseille

You may be interested in the new space that opened in Fort Saint-Jean in July. It’s called the Galerie des Officiers, the arcaded section you can see in the photo.  Each of 5 small rooms has a short film on an aspect of the history of Fort Saint-Jean, with it a …

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Ancient Glanum St Remy de Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Step Back in Time a Visit to Ancient Glanum in St Remy de Provence

Reflections on the Past There is no need to enter the Glanum archaeological site, located just outside the centre of St Remy de Provence, to view two well-preserved Roman structures. Known as “Les Antiques” these monuments – the Mausoleum and the oldest triumphal arch in France – were classified as …

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Legends of Provence Book Cover Provence Legends Tarasque Monster Tarascon
InspireKeith Van SickleProvencal History & Traditions

The Legends of Provence: The Tarasque Monster of Tarascon

During our last visit to Provence, I picked up a book called the “Legendes de Provence” by Eugene Bressy. This book is comprised of a series of short stories about the legends of Provence. In this series of posts, I will dive into some of these stories and let you decide …

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Understanding Boules Pétanque Provence Sign
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Understanding Boules: Why The Game of Pétanque is Like Religion in Provence

A reason to gather in a central location, a place to rest, a circle of trust  and refreshments. It is not a huge stretch to think of pétanque, also known as boules, as a form of religion in Provence. In most Provencal villages, there is a place where the townsfolk come together …

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Lavoirs Provence Laundry Seguret
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Airing Your Dirty Laundry, the Lavoirs of Provence the Place for Washing and Gossip

Kneeling on a garde genoux (wooden knee protector) by the edge of the public wash basin, local peasant-class women exchanged tidbits of town gossip as they worked tirelessly to brighten their laundry. Their weathered hands vigorously scrubbed away at stubborn stains as water sloshed against the shallow stone sides of the village lavoir in …

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Transhumance Provence @PerfectlyProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireProvencal History & Traditions

Witnessing the Magic of the Transhumance in Provence

The tinkling of bells was the musical clue. Our friend encouraged us to rush to their property’s perimeter wall to witness a shepherd (berger) moving his flock near Eguilles in Provence. The collection of sheep and herd dogs consumed the entire back lane as far as the eye could see, …

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