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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caprice vintage shopping #Nice06 @bestofniceblog
Allison CoeLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

The Golden Ring of Vintage Shopping in Old Nice

Contributor blog post by Allison @Best of Nice: If you like vintage glamour, second-hand chic, discount designer duds and unique fashion finds, put on your shopping shoes and head to Old Nice.  Here is a circuit over just a couple of blocks where bargain hunters will find their bonheur in boutiques ranging from vintage to retro thrift …

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Brocante and Lily of the Valley @Vauclusedreamer
Julie WhitmarshLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

A Provencal day of Brocante and Lily of the Valley

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: From the middle of the week I could see that today was shaping up to be a busy day. Not that I had a list of things that had to be done, but more because I’d seen signs for 3 local ‘Vide Grenier’ events …

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Antiques Diva @Aixcentric
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Enterprising: Caren is an Antiques Diva

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Like many other women who arrive in Provence for a variety of reasons, Caren Trafford has been busy restyling her life: previously based in Sydney where she was an author of environmental books for children, she is now additionally becoming expert in the world of …

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Garden Furniture @Hildast
Hilda StearnLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Garden Furniture Impulse buy or 3 year search

Perhaps it is the weather or the hunt for a bargain that drives literally thousands of people to visit a brocante (second-hand markets) especially in the summer. Well-known places such as Isle-sur-la Sorgue seamlessly blend antiques with second hand goods. I have never known what is a bargain and what …

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Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Vide Greniers Provencal Style Garage Sales

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Always good for entertainment, and the odd little treasure are the vide greniers; France’s answer to garage sales. These are sales on a village scale, with a festive atmosphere. Typically, vendors secure a spot by paying a nominal fee to the local town hall (Marie).  The wares …

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