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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Marc Chagall Exhibition at Hôtel de Caumont
AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

Don’t Miss the Marc Chagall Exhibition at Hôtel de Caumont

By Aixcentric: What a terrific show at the Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix. It features the work of Marc Chagall, from his black and white gravures from the 1920s and 30s, via his white marble sculptures, to his joyously colourful gouaches and oil paintings. His small sculptures, featuring entwined couples …

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French Fashion Striped Tops-onion-johnnies
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMargo LestzShopping & Gifts from the South of France

French Fashion What’s with the Striped Tops?

By Margo Lestz: If you’re looking to add a bit of Frenchness to your wardrobe, a blue and white striped knit shirt could just do the trick. It’s a classic that anyone can wear. Whether you are male, female, young, or old the crisp stripes will add a dash of …

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Quality Merino Wool Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Quality Merino Wool from Provence Tricote Moi un Mouton

Merino Wool in Provence Tricote Moi Un Mouton is a producer of premium merino wool in the Luberon. Located near Apt in the Luberon Valley, Emilien et Emilie Bonnet raise a herd of some 500 sheep. Their farming operation includes a breed called the mérinos d’Arles chosen for their high-quality …

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