New Patricia Sands Book A Season of Surprises at Villa des Violettes
Books on ProvenceKeith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & Culture

Book Review: A Season of Surprises

Patricia Sands is at it again! The author of the popular Love in Provence series has just published a novella, A Season of Surprises at the Villa des Violettes. Book Review Readers are treated to a new chapter in the lives of our favorite Love in Provence characters—newlyweds Kat and …

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Cezanne Brochure Photo
Artists Inspired by ProvenceLifestyle: Art & CultureMarti Schmidt

Provencal Artist Paul Cézanne Following His Steps

Cézanne’s Studio Like most young artists learning to paint, I was attracted to and inspired by most of the impressionistic and post-impressionistic painters. I loved the work of Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Gauguin and Cézanne and many more. When I arrived in Aix-en-Provence for the first time, I rushed up the …

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Miki Miki Logo
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Fashionistas Miki Miki in Eygalières is Calling

It’s been two years since Miki Miki, a small women’s fashion boutique, opened in Eygalières. The town is well-serviced by real estate agents and restaurants, yet there is surprising little retail. However, Michela Franzoso (Miki) knowing a lot about fashion, quality materials and what suits her clients opened the store …

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La Marseillaise French National Anthem
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMargo LestzProvencal History & Traditions

French National Anthem La Marseillaise the History of the Song

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: It took a Revolution France’s rousing national anthem, the Marseillaise, was written during the French Revolution. In 1792 the Revolution was in full swing, and all the monarchies of Europe were nervous. It made them uneasy to see people rise up against a king, and it was …

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Provence Gift Box Shop
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Summer Living in Provence Gift Box Shop Now!

Provence Gift Box Shop Now We already know that Sharon Santoni has impeccable taste and excellent design flair. So, it’s hardly a surprise the My Stylish French Box August 2019 edition is called “Summer Living in Provence.” As always, the box promises beautiful, artisanal products from the region. Don’t hesitate! …

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Les Chorégies d'Orange opera orchestra
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Les Chorégies d’Orange Opera in a Roman Theatre

Les Chorégies d’Orange opera starts late, as the summer sun is setting, allowing the heat of the day to dissipate. With the night sky advancing the audience in the old Roman theatre – Théâtre Antique d’Orange – is filled with anticipation of a spectacular production. Orange, a Roman Town Today, …

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Edith Wharton's French Riviera Book Review
Books on ProvenceLifestyle: Art & CultureMary Jane Deeb

A Book to Read Edith Wharton’s French Riviera

The following is my review of Edith Wharton’s French Riviera, by Philippe Collas and Eric Villedary, and translated from the French by Susan Pickford.  The French title of the book was La Côte d’Azur au Temps d’Edith Wharton. Flammarion, Paris 2002. French Riviera Images When one dreams of Provence and …

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Provencal Fabrics Easy EntertainingCotton rectangular-tablecloths
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Provencal Fabrics for Easy Summer Entertaining

Provencal Fabrics on Sale! Hot summer days and warm evenings beg for hassle-free entertaining – picnics, garden parties. Table settings to match the season makes outdoor dining easy. Today bright, cotton Provencal prints mirror images of the region; the cigale (cicada), lavender, sunflowers, and olives. Until July 31st, Remember Provence …

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New Patricia Sands Book A Season of Surprises at Villa des Violettes
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

New Patricia Sands Book: A Season of Surprises at the Villa des Violettes

Just Published It was a pleasure to read an advance copy of A Season of Surprises at the Villa des Violettes, the latest book by Patricia Sands. This novella is the second in a series about Katherine (Kat) and Philippe’s new home (Villa des Violettes), and soon to be Bed …

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Summer Music Festivals Riviera Coted'Azur
Lifestyle: Art & CulturePhoebe ThomasWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Top 8 Summer Music Festivals on the French Riviera

By Phoebe Thomas: Summer Music Festivals The Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) is famous the world over for its hedonistic lifestyle, beautiful coast and dramatic landscape, glamorous cities and a fabulous climate. So what better place than this to enjoy magical outdoor summer music festivals? And we have them in abundance …

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