Bastide Soap Aix-en-Provence @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Made in France Bastide Soap Aix en Provence

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Arts de la Table, Bastide We are blessed here in Provence to have the best ingredients when it comes to producing scents (and eating!). Grasse is the perfume capital of the world; not surprising considering the endless fields of lavender, roses, fruit blossom and wild …

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Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of FranceVicki Archer

The French Pharmacy: What Not To Miss

Contributor blog post by Vicki Archer: The French pharmacy is different, it is not like others. Visiting the French pharmacy is more about browsing and shopping than it is about the medicinal. There is a behind the counter section that is jam-packed with medications that could cure a myriad of ailments. …

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French Pharmacy Allergic Provence
Cheryl ShufflebothamLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Allergic to Provence? A Trip to the French Pharmacy

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: Please no! Anything but that. Upon visiting Provence this past June, with the unusually high temperatures of 95-100 degrees, my pasty white, sun-deprived skin went into shock. I developed hives or eczema all over! What to do? I finally stopped in at the pharmacy in …

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Ouvrage Boutique Aix-en-Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Ouvrage Boutique Made in France Architecture and Design Meet in Aix-en-Provence

Sébastian and Agnes Krier shared the following about their architecture and design boutique, “Ce lieu ne pouvait que s’appeler Ouvrage: ce qui est produit par l’ouvrier, l’artisan ou l’artiste, le résultat du travail de ses mains et donc son œuvre.” This place could not be called anything but “Ouvrage.” The …

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Aix-en-Provence Christmas Markets
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Aix-en-Provence Christmas Markets – Dates and Details

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Cézanne finds himself marooned between the Foire aux Santons and woolly jumpers at the textile market. It seems strange having the Aix-en-Provence Christmas markets starting up against such a bright blue sky and warm sun, but there we are – the chalets are built and the children’s …

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Francophile Holiday Gifts Provence 2018
Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Francophile Holiday Gifts from Provence for the Cooks on Your List

The retail stores and  shopping malls are decked with holiday decor signaling that it’s time to start thinking about gifts for everyone on your list. Fortunately, if there are cooks and food-lovers on your list, there are lots of options in price points that range from a few dollars to …

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Lifestyle: Art & CultureMirabeau WinesShopping & Gifts from the South of France

“The Noses” of Oenology and Perfumery

Contributor blog post by Victoria Koning @Mirabeau Wine During our visit to the Fragonard perfume factory in Grasse, we were quite impressed by the similarities between creating perfumes and creating wines. It’s especially poignant in the art of blending Provence rosés, which is incredibly technical to make. Our oenologists can …

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Antiques Art You L'Isle sur la Sorgue
Julie WhitmarshLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

From Silver to Shrek – Antiques Art and You in L’Isle sur La Sorgue

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: I can’t help it – I love any opportunity to fuddle around an Antiques & Brocante market in France and over the August Bank Holiday weekend the Antiques Art and You Festival. It takes place in pretty L’Isle Sur La Sorgue and it’s now becoming rather …

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Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Bastide Luxury Beauty Brand Explores the Savoir Faire of Provence

Returning to Provence’s Art de Vivre Frédéric Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen are a power couple with great hair! They are also breathing new life into a beauty and lifestyle brand that epitomises the best of Provence – Bastide. Born in Provence, Fekkai’s career took him to the United States. …

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Côte d'Azur Shopping Fragonard Store Eze Village
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMary Kay SealesShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Côte d’Azur Shopping to Get Me Through The Winter Blues Back Home

I have the incredible luxury of spending time in France every summer. Starting in 2000, when my daughter was still in junior high, my husband and I made it our priority to travel to France every year (rather than remodel the kitchen or build a new deck). We loved Paris, …

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