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Christmas Ideas from Provence

By late November, the Christmas markets in Provence are in full swing.

Individual cabanas decorated with festive trimmings line the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence. In a short walk, you can buy some gingerbread (pain d’épices) to go with your foie gras, stock up on a few santons for your crèche and have a glass of vin chaud.

At the food markets, tables groan under the weight of seasonal citrus and the ingredients for the traditional Provencal thirteen desserts (les Treize Desserts de Noël) served at Christmas.

There is no better time than December to visit some of the regional vineyard boutiques. With the hard work of harvest and winemaking behind them, the staff let this year’s cépage rest in order to celebrate the season. At this time of year, the stores at vineyards such as Château d’Estoublon, Chateau la Coste, Domaine de Valdition and Val Joanis are so beautifully decorated with tempting gifts that you might just start believing in Santa Claus again.

If you are looking for a present that typifies the region here are a few gift ideas from Provence.


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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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