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Jill Steenhuis Shares Her Perfectly Provence

We asked artist Jill Steenhuis to share her definition of Perfectly Provence. You can read more about Jill’s background, her connection with Cezanne’s Chateau Noir and her workshops.

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It depends on the person and their personal interests. It would be pointless to show someone Chateau Noir if they are not interested in Cezanne. It is pointless to take someone to Vespers at St. Jean de Malte at 7 pm any day of the week, if they were not interested in spirituality. However, if someone loves shopping, I would highly recommend Monoprix. I have always loved Monoprix – it is an amazing store. Even my son’s very chic girlfriend who is Aixoise and went to Savannah College of Art & Design and majored in Fashion agrees with me. It also provides a glimpse of French culture.

Tastes of Provence

  • An apricot straight from the apricot tree
  • An olive cassée
  • An almond from an almond tree in July when they are still wet and moist in the shell.

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Relax in Provence

  • Sit in the shade of a tree and enjoy a glass of rosé or blanc de Cassis, like Fontcreuse
  • Take a swim in the Mediterranean
  • Climb Mont Ste. Victoire

Image credits: all photos were provided by and published with the permission of Jill Steenhuis.

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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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