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

A Provence Package Gift ~ from us to you

Lovely connections develop in Provence and ours is one. My friend, author Patricia Sands is a lady with a fabulous re-invention story (please read her full back story here). Following her popular “Love in Provence” trilogy (Lake Union Publishing), she is currently working on her fifth novel. This story is …

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Savon de Marseille Soap Provence
Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Squeaky Clean Savon de Marseille

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: A mixture of seawater, alkaline solution and fat Documented use as far back as 2800 BC in Ancient Babylon A carved “recipe” found on a stone slab from 2200 BC The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used it Cooked for 8 days in a cauldron, …

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Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Pottery Day Out in Saint Quentin la Poterie

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: During our recent stay at Mas d’Augustine in Langudoc-Roussillion, we took a quick drive to check out the nearby village of Saint Quentin la Poterie. Saint Quentin has had a history of pottery making for centuries. Kilns (where the clay is baked) date back …

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Musee des Aromes #Gravason @GingerandNutmeg
Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

The Perfume and Candles of Provence

Contributor blog post by Ginger and Nutmeg: Does that sound romantic? Actually, Ginger was away in Canada and Nutmeg was certain that he had zero interest in visiting the Provence perfume distillery le Musée des Arômes or candle maker at the Ciergerie de l’abbaye des Prémontrés. The aroma museum is located in …

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Sophie Papiazan Artist #Ceramics @MIrabeauWine
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMirabeau WinesShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Sophie Papiazan, local ceramic artist

Contributor blog post by Victoria Koning @Mirabeau Wine: French artist Sophie Papazian graduated at the Fine Arts of Lyon in 1987 and pursued a career as a painter. In 2007 she discovered ceramics, and completed her studies at the School of Ceramics in Provence. Since then, she has been creating …

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Lavender Fuseaux #Lavender @PerfProvence
Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Provencal Artisan Traditions Fabrics and Lavender Fuseaux

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: The bright tablecloths and matching napkins that you see in most Provencal markets make for wonderful gifts, even if you keep them for yourself. Although today, many of these patterns are fabricated in factories, and not always in France (buyer beware) there is a strong tradition of textile …

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Gamelles d’Ouvrier @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Curious Find: The 1950s French Lunchbox

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Trouvé: Gamelles d’Ouvrier We’ve found this three gamelles (containers used to carry food) at various vide greniers in nearby villages. They are usually sold by older French ladies that can tell you a little of what they used to put into these boxes for …

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Bargain Hunting #Provence @VaucluseDreamer
Julie WhitmarshLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Provencal Bargain Hunting at the Tip

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: OK it’s not quite the title that usually draws readers, but I thought this afternoon’s trip was worth sharing. Since moving in I’ve been busy trying to find nice pieces of furniture for the house and needless to say I don’t want to spend …

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Lavender wands @ProvencePost
Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of FranceThe Provence Post

Love Provencal Lavender? Try This!

Contributor blog post by Julie Mautner: Game on! The lavender is finally in bloom in Provence and over the next month or so I hope to share with you a couple fun ways you can experience it. Here’s one… Born in Paris, Elsa Lenthal now lives in Les Baux de …

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Savon de Marseille #Soap #Marseille #SavondeMarseille @PerfProvence
Lifestyle: Art & CulturePhilippe GoninetShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Best Savons de Marseille in Provence

Contributor blog post by Philippe Goninet: Since the 17th Century, Marseille has been a leading manufacturer of the soap know as « Savon de Marseille ». In 1688, King Louis XIV established the rules for the production of the savon de Marseille. He required the use of large cauldrons and pure olive …

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