49th Rencontres d’Arles photography exhibition
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CulturePhotographers in Provence

49th Rencontres d’Arles Photography Coming Up in July

Contributor blog post by aixcentric: ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ is the theme for the 49th Rencontres d’Arles photography exhibition. ‘This year, you are invited to cross space and time with a breathtaking, celestial journey across the ages. Photography is often the best-placed medium for registering all the shocks that remind us the …

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French Superstitions
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMargo Lestz

A List of Curious French Superstitions

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Are you superstitious? Do you avoid things reputed to bring bad luck even if you don’t believe they will – just in case?  Most cultures have their particular ideas about what is lucky or unlucky, and France is no exception. So, I thought that I …

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Sporting Life Decathlon Hiker France
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Frenchify Your Sporting Life at Decathlon

My wife and I were on vacation in Italy, zooming along the autostrada near Florence when she suddenly started shouting and waving. “Pull over!” she yelled. “Right now! There’s a Decathlon!” That got my attention. I spun the wheels to the right and barely made it onto the off-ramp in …

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Maison Empereur France’s Oldest Hardware Store
AixcentricShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Shopping in Marseille in Maison Empereur France’s Oldest Hardware Store

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Did you know that Marseille has France’s oldest quincaillerie, or hardware shop? It really is a must-visit if you are interested in traditional Provencal life. Take the magnificent big hand-graters for instance – just the sort of gadget used in café kitchens many years ago for …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal 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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Provence History Tale Sardine
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & Culture

Provencal History Tale of The Sardine that Blocked the Port of Marseille

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Do you know about the sardine that blocked the port of Marseille? As I was perusing local postcards at a local flea market in Provence, I came across a curious image. The postcard depicts an enormous sardine blocking the port of Marseille. The seller, taking …

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Arles May Events Provence
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

What’s Going on in May Events in Provence 2018

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: On the 1st of May, make sure to visit the celebrations in Arles where the Fête des Gardians takes over the city. Worth a visit! You may even see the queen of les Arlesiennes. This is the month of public holidays in France. Make sure to be aware …

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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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Provence Vacation Photography
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CulturePhotographers in Provence

Making Holiday Memories in Provence Vacation Photography

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Book your Photo Shoot in Provence! Vacation Photography Vacation photography is a growing genre of photography offered by professional photographers living all over the world. Selfies are great, but they don’t compare to professional photos. I know so many couples or families that don’t …

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James Jaulin Photography Photographer
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CulturePhotographers in Provence

James Jaulin Photography Exhibition in Gordes

James Jaulin is a world-travelling photographer who has previously been profiled in Perfectly Provence. His newest exhibition will be in the charming hilltop village of Gordes, beginning on April 28th and open every day from 9 am to 7 pm. The exhibition will take place in the Chapelle des Pénitents, …

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