Books Guide Provence Guidebooks
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Allow Books to Guide Your Travels Through Provence

Travel Guides for Provence Remember when we carried around hefty paperbacks to guide our travels? In the 1980s, long before smartphones, tourists faithfully checked these guidebooks for reviews on hotels, restaurants and the must-see sights. Backpackers conscious of space and weight often discarded the pages for a city or region …

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My Stylish French Box November 2018 1
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

French Delights in My Stylish French Box

You’ve got Mail Who doesn’t like getting a beautiful package in the mail? Some gift boxes provide clues about their contents. There is the telltale cardboard shape of a book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. At Tiffany & Co, their packages in Tiffany Blue – Pantone 1837 (trademarked) tied …

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

What’s On October Events in Provence 2018

By Ashley Tinker: October in Provence The grapes have been picked and now the nets have been placed at the bottom of the olive trees ready for this year’s harvest. The bright green traditional Alpilles olives vertes cassées have appeared in the markets and every store. Even olives are seasonal …

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Porquerolles Fondation Carmignac Modern Art Porquerolles
AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

A Must Visit to the Porquerolles Fondation Carmignac

By Aixcentric: Porquerolles is the largest of the 3 Iles d’Or (Islands of Gold), easily accessible from the coast. We did the short (20 min) crossing from La Tour Fondu, near Hyères, roughly a 90-minute drive from Aix-en-Provence, depending on traffic. I hadn’t visited Porquerolles for many years and was surprised …

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Provencal Cuisine Top Books Food Lovers Cookbooks
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Explore Provencal Cuisine Top Books for Food Lovers

Joy of Cooking in Provence True confession, I am a committed foodie (although the grammar checker that doesn’t seem to like the word). Maybe that admission will get me off the hook for not being able to objectively delete thousands of photos of markets. Over the years we have taken …

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Provence Inspired Memoirs
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Provence Inspired Memoirs Books to Add to Your Reading List

For many, Peter Mayle’s best-selling novel “A Year in Provence“ was their introduction to the Provencal countryside. Images of the Côte d’Azur have long covered the pages of travel magazines, but it was Mayle’s descriptions of bumbling through a home renovation in the arrière-pays (translation: backcountry or hinterland) that shifted our view …

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MuSaMa Savon de Marseille Display
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

MuSaMa Savon de Marseille Preserving Provencal History

Le Musée de Savon de Marseille MuSaMa opened in mid-March (2018) near the Vieux Port. This museum-boutique-workshop dedicated to safeguarding the reputation of Savon de Marseille. The vision of the museum’s founders is to educate visitors about the vrai (real) Savon de Marseille, its eco-friendly ingredients, and artisanal production. This …

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Les Baux Carrières de Lumières
Barefoot BloggerLifestyle: Art & Culture

Visitor Tips Les Baux Carrières de Lumières Fabulous Light Show

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: If you haven’t seen a techno-fabulous French light show, you’re in for a treat. The French take lights and action to new dimensions: music, drama and imagination. Carrières de Lumières A recent visit to Carrières de Lumières was my third experience to see the digital, immersive events …

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La Petite Josette en Provence Book Cover
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

La Petite Josette en Provence a Children’s Book

Josette’s Provence Published in September 2018, “La Petite Josette en Provence” is a beautifully illustrated children’s book based in Provence. The book is the result of a mother-daughter collaboration that took  3 and ½ years to complete. This children’s story is written primarily in English, but with plenty of French …

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Antibes Dress Shopping Art Choisy La Galerie
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Antibes Dress Shopping and Wearable Art at Choisy La Galerie

Everything on Solde My intention upon arrival in Antibes was to go for a pre-dinner stroll around the old streets and reacquaint myself with this pretty seaside city. However, the SOLDES signs and air-conditioned shops beckoned. Clothing shopping was not the plan. However, it was fascinating that the stores were …

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