Book Art South France
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Book Review: Art in the South of France, The Inside Story

Aixcentric is the name of Lynne Alderson’s blog, an online resource for anyone looking for current events in the Aix-en-Provence area. The blog was “born” out of Alderson’s frustration regarding discovering details about interesting happenings…just a little too late. Her second book “Art in the South of France, The Inside …

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Peter Mayle’s My Twenty-Five Years in Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

The Last Word. Peter Mayle’s My Twenty-Five Years in Provence, Reflections on Then and Now

Almost 30 years ago, Peter Mayle introduced many of us to the arrière-pays Provençal (rural countryside) for the first time, with his international best-selling novel “A Year in Provence.”  The success of that book and his subsequent novels had many primed to book flights to the South of France. If …

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Passion for Provence Gayle Smith Padgett-passion-for-provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Book Review: Passion for Provence a Memoir by Gayle Smith Padgett

While reading Gayle Smith Padgett’s book, Passion for Provence, 22 Keys to La Belle Vie, I kept thinking this lady is someone you would enjoy getting to know in person. The book (her first) is just over 260 pages long, after each of the 22 chapters she shares her “key” …

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Book Art in the South of France- The Inside Story
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A New Book, Art in the South of France: The Inside Story

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: My new book “Art in the South of France: The Inside Story” is being launched this week. It is a journey across from ancient sun-drenched Arles through Saint-Tropez and Saint Paul-de-Vence to the Italianate beauty of Menton, following the artists who flocked south to the area …

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Windows on Provence Book Cover Georgeanne Brennan
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Book Review: Windows on Provence, Musings on the Food, Wine and Culture of the South of France by Georgeanne Brennan

With over 30 published books, what more could award-winning cookbook author Georgeanne Brennan possibly write about culinary trends and the lifestyle in Provence? Then along comes “Windows on Provence, Musings on the Food, Wine and Culture of the South of France” her latest book, published on April 10, 2018, by …

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Passion for Provence Book Gayle Smith Padgett
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How Journaling leads to Passion for Provence: 22 Keys to La Belle Vie

Recently, Lynne Alderson (Aixcentric) wrote a book review on Passion for Provence: 22 Keys to La Belle Vie a book written by Gayle Smith Padgett that was published in November 2017. We were intrigued by the tale of a couple of American transplants who spent their honeymoon in Provence and …

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Gayle Smith Passion for Provence
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Book Review: Passion for Provence by Gayle Smith Padgett

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Provence. Its powerful image enchants people worldwide, and many, inspired by the wonderful Peter Mayle, actually come to live here; and also, inspired by ‘A Year in Provence’ decide that they too have a story to tell. Most are remarkably different. Some arrive to transform crumbling chateaux, …

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Rosé Revolution Book Elizabeth Gabay MW
Books on ProvenceLifestyle: Art & CultureThe Riviera Grapevine

The Rosé Revelation a New Book on Wine

Contributor blog post by Chrissie: Writing a book about rosé taught Elizabeth Gabay MW that pink is defined by more than Provence. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is in the midst of a rosé revolution. The young and flirty alternative to red and white wine, the pink drink is …

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Peter Mayle Author Illustration by Alexandra Manfull
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Provence Loses One of Its Biggest Fans: Peter Mayle Dies at Age 78

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull: Peter Mayle, the British advertising executive and author of children’s books turned internationally-renowned author of books set in Provence, passed away early Thursday morning in a hospital in Provence. I learned that he was not well when I was in Provence this past summer, but …

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Surviving Provence Book Barbara Farber
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Surviving Provence a New Book on Life in Provence

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Surviving Provence is a humorous account of the people (and animals) who share author Barbara Farber’s daily life in the South of France. It is a far cry, she explains, from an ode to lavender and sunflowers. She writes: “Although my husband and I were both …

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