Virginia Johnson Custom Illustrations
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Virginia Johnson Custom Home Illustrations and Gardens Too

Custom Home Illustrations Years ago, when we bought our first house, a friend gave us a thoughtful housewarming gift. She commissioned a custom illustration a “house portrait” of our new home. The artist created a small watercolour print of the house from a photograph. The picture hung in our home …

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Provence Market Lifestyle Fashion Village Heart Scene
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

The Provence Market Provencal Lifestyle Inspired Fashion

Fashion: The Provence Market Michele and Jean-Marie are a husband and wife team with a vision, complementary work experiences and a passion for Provence. So why not leverage that textbook combination and create a new fashion brand – The Provence Market? As a traveller, one cannot help but feel how …

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

Discover January Events in Provence – What’s On

By Ashley Tinker: Sea Urchins, Truffles, and Long Walks The villages of Provence become quiet after the holidays. People tend to stay in, stoke their living room fires, and leave a pot au feu (stew) on the stove for many hours. There are fewer festivals that celebrate one particular type …

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Brocante Markets Vaucluse
Julie WhitmarshLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Joys of Cycling to Local Brocante Markets in the Vaucluse

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Exploring Brocantes As you have probably gathered by now we tend to enjoy spending our time in France cycling, visiting brocante markets, vide greniers and drinking coffee, with the days passing by in a blur and us inevitably falling into bed each evening tired and …

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French Riviera Winter Festivals Ferris Wheel
Lifestyle: Art & CultureLiz LordWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

French Riviera Winter Festivals and More

Wishing you the happiest 2019! Hoping that readers have had a restful festive season – locking out the realities of the world for a few days. French Riviera Winter Festivals The ferris wheel in Nice might soon be “taking a rest” but the French Riviera never sleeps. Your waistbands may be …

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Christmas Traditions Santons Provence
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMartine Bertin-PetersonProvencal History & Traditions

Christmas Traditions the Santons of Provence

One thing that always warms my heart during the holidays in Provence is the culture’s commitment to quality and tradition. We always see pictures of the endless lavender fields and crystal azure skies, but I feel as though Christmas time is when the real Provence shines brightest. Free from the …

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Last Minute Shopping
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Last Minute Shopping! My Stylish French Box

Christmas Shopping You may have left your shopping to the end because you are looking for that perfect gift for a special lady in your life. My Stylish French Box is the answer for the Francophile or anyone who dreams of visiting Paris. The next box (No. 9) will ship early in …

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Book Keith Van Sickle Book Are We French Yet
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

New Book Keith Van Sickle Asks, “Are We French Yet?”

Keith Van Sickle just published his second book, “Are We French Yet? Keith & Val’s Adventures in Provence.” In a word the book is delightful. Please scroll to the bottom for giveaway details. Author Keith Van Sickle Few couples in Silicon Valley (or anywhere) would take a leap of faith …

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First Noël Patricia Sands
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Holiday Reading The First Noël by Patricia Sands

Published at the end of November, The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes is the first novella in a three-part series by Patricia Sands. The First Noël with its holiday theme is a chance to reconnect with the characters from the Love in Provence series or dive into the story …

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French Silk History Garden
Barefoot BloggerLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

French Silk History and a Walled Garden near Uzés

By Barefoot Blogger: When driving down the backroads of France near Uzés, it’s a common sight to ride alongside tall stone walls. You know these beautifully laid stones must conceal something amazing. Perhaps behind French garden walls, there’s a story to be told. Behind French Garden Walls Not too long …

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