The Santons in Provence @OurHouseinProvence
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Tis the season for Santons in Provence

Contributor blog post by Michel: You know I love santons, the hand-made clay figurines that depict the colorful people, traditional trades, activities and costumes of Provence. In Provence, they are set out at Christmas in a Provençal crèche (nativity scene). …Continue reading here for Michel’s description of these tiny clay figures …

Vide Greniers @VaucluseDreamer
Julie WhitmarshLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Sunday Morning Antiques Hunting in the Vaucluse

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: If Saturday is a day for the local market then Sunday has become a day to spend the morning pottering around a local Brocante market or village ‘Vide Greniers’ event. In the summer, we often found that we had to make a choice between …

Provence Prestige @curiousprovence
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of FranceWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Provence Prestige Blog Trip: Atelier Arterra

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Une Journée de Découverte à Marseille Curious Provence is one of the official bloggers for Provence Prestige in Arles. My Provence, working with Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme, hosted a blog trip last weekend in Marseille and the Camargue. I was proud to be the only anglophone out …

Atelier des Ours @bfblogger2015
Barefoot BloggerLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

French Fashion: Bobo Style

Contributor blog post by Deborah Bine: Now that I’m settled in France, I’m beginning to understand why I love it here. I’m a hopeless romantic. It didn’t happen by accident that I live in a tower apartment. I’m a princess. Or at least, I always wanted to be one. If …

The Docks in Marseille @Aixcentric
AixcentricLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Marseille Latest: Docks and Shopping News

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Wandering through Les Docks Village last week, late morning, I was surprised how quiet it was. It’s been open a year now and is an imaginative conversion of a very characterful industrial building. Built in 1858, as a dockside warehouse, it is 365m long (for …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …