Bells of Provence @PerfProvence
Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Angelus the Bells of Angels in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Ginger and Nutmeg live close to the village church. When they first return to France it takes several days to get adjusted. Between the 8-hour time change and the village bells, there is no need to wear a watch. The clock tower bells chime every …

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Main street Glanum #StRemy #Provence #History @PerfProvence
Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Uncovering Glanum from a Pile of Rocks in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Nutmeg is reasonably certain she is not the first person to walk through the Glanum archaeological site, near St Remy de Provence, and consider that mankind is relatively insignificant in the passage of time. Ashes to ashes Dust to dust Rocks to rocks A previous G&N …

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Roman Road Excavation #AixenProvence Photo from official aixenprovence website
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

More Roman Road Uncovered in Aix en Provence

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: It’s so fascinating that every time people start digging in Aix, they come up with remains from Roman times. And the latest to be uncovered is 50 metres of road near to the hospital. There is to be a new car-park for the hospital and a …

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Gaspard de Besse @Margo_Lestz
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMargo LestzProvencal History & Traditions

Gaspard de Besse: Robin Hood of Provence

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Just like Robin Hood, Gaspard de Besse robbed from the rich (who detested him) and gave to the poor (who adored him). But while Robin Hood’s roots are shrouded in mystery, there’s no doubt about the identity of our French outlaw. …Continue reading here for …

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Mur de la Peste #Luberon #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceProvencal History & TraditionsStay Fit in Provence

Mur de la Peste a Rocky Trail in Provence’s History

Over 100,000 people (some estimates as high as 126,000) died in Provence between 1720 and 1722, including almost 50% of Marseille’s population some 46,000 inhabitants. All in the name of commerce. The Grand Saint-Antoine arrived in Marseille’s port on May 25, 1720, from Syria (previously Levan), the vessel was late, …

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Blue Chairs in Nice #Nice06 #FrenchRiviera @ToursofNice
Chiara OrlandiLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

The Blue Chair: Symbol of Nice

Like theTour Eiffel of Paris or the Big Ben of London, La chaise bleue has long been considered the symbol of Nice. The iconic chairs, as blue as the rippling Bay of Angels they overlook, are wedged in rows of 20 along the famous Promenade des Anglais. While in winter …

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Abrivado Bandido #ExploreProvence @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Must See in Provence: Abrivado-Bandido

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: This past weekend, in our small town, there were constant animations of live music, parades, and lots and lots of bull running to celebrate Bastille Day. While visiting Provence, you must see one of these abrivado-bandido events. Before the weekend tall steel barriers were …

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Saintes Maries de la Mer @bfBlogger2015
Barefoot BloggerLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer Who Knew?

Contributor blog post by Deborah @Barefoot Blogger: Planning a visit to the Camargue to see the white horses? Here’s another stop to add to your list. What I love about living in France is not only the opportunity to travel in this fabulous country, but also the chance to re-learn history. What …

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Fontvieille lavoir #ProvenceHistory Laundry @PerfProvence
Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Provencal Laundry all Washed up in France’s Lavoirs

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Water sloshes against the sides of the shallow stone basin of the lavoir as weathered hands vigorously scrub at stubborn stains. Kneeling on their augets washerwomen exchange tidbits of town gossip as they work to brighten their laundry. Before communal lavoirs, washing was done at …

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Cowboys Provence Fete du village Bulls Explore Provence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Essential Reading to Understand the Cowboys of Provence

Summer days in Provence are bathed in sunshine and surrounded by a chorus of cicadas. In the Bouches du Rhone, the blinding blue skies and sweltering heat are also prime time for village festivals surrounding horse and bull events. These horsemen and women are extremely talented frequently testing the limits …

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