Mary Magdalene Provence Tintoretto public domain
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Mary Magdalene in Provence Legend or Fact

Did Mary Magdalene Live in Provence? A crippled ship bobs helplessly on a storm-tossed sea and those on board face certain death…but then a miracle occurs. Guided by the hand of God, the ship arrives safely on the shores Provence. Out steps Mary Magdalene, ready to spread The Word throughout …

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Lourmarin Shopping Provencal Linens
Caroline LongstaffeLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Lourmarin Shopping for Provencal Linens

By Caroline Longstaffe: Shopping in Lourmarin As we’ve spent increasing amounts of time in Lourmarin we’ve come to know more of the people in the village, all of whom have been warm and welcoming.  Like us, many of them are not originally from the area but similarly captivated by its’ enchantment have …

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Brocante Cotignac Boutique
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMirabeau WinesShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Brocante in Cotignac Le Passé – Le Présent Boutique

By Sophie Bellard: Le Passé – Le Présent is a boutique a cave of wonders, a true cavern of Ali Baba in the center of Cotignac. Nadine Dehennin and her husband opened this brocante and decoration shop more than 30 years ago. It is full of beautiful discoveries, one-of-a-kind items that …

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March Events Provence 2019
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

What’s On March Events in Provence 2019

By Ashley Tinker: Spring is Upon us! Or, at least, it is here. The almonds are blooming and it’s about 20 degrees in the sun. I remember growing up in Montréal when you could smell the spring mud and ice thawing, there would always be one last snow generally right …

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Lavender Wands Lourmarin
Caroline LongstaffeLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Lavender Wands at La Maison FRANC in Lourmarin

By Caroline Longstaffe: When Philippe Franc, the owner of La Maison FRANC first came to live in Pertuis, near Lourmarin, his neighbor welcomed him with a gift, a lavender wand or Coeur de Lavande. It was a defining moment and the first step in a story which led to the opening …

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Playing House Memoir
Books on ProvenceGuest PostLifestyle: Art & Culture

Playing House in Provence a Memoir

Sometimes a book’s title brings up old memories. Remember your first house, sometime after college and into your career all of a sudden you were no longer “playing house” it was for real. The following is an excerpt from the book “” by Mary-Lou Weisman. The Weismans arrived in Provence …

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Read Book Van Gogh Starry Night
Ashley TinkerBooks on ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

Book to Read: Starry Night, Van Gogh at the Asylum

By Ashley Tinker: Vincent Van Gogh is a fascinating figure. Learn about his time in a mental institution in Saint Remy de Provence with this book “.” Van Gogh in Saint Remy de Provence I have to admit that I didn’t really appreciate the works of Van Gogh before I moved …

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Fleur de Lys
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMargo Lestz

French History of the Fleur de Lys: The Iris of Kings

By Margo Lestz The fleur de lys is a stylized flower that has a long association with the kings of France. There are two spellings for this floral emblem – fleur de lis and fleur de lys. Both can be used to refer to the botanical lily flower or the symbol. “Fleur de …

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French Formula 1 Grand Prix
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CultureWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

French Formula 1 Grand Prix – Dates for 2019

By Aixcentric: The French Formula 1 Grand Prix will be taking place at the Paul Ricard circuit again this summer, 20-23rd June 2019, the second event of a five-year contract bringing the sport back to Provence. Of course, it is a memorable occasion with the world’s top F1 teams, the …

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Sainte Baume Grotto Views
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal 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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