Tour de France @VaucluseDreamer
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Watching the Tour de France on Mont Ventoux

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: For 3 weeks each year everything in our house slows down, the TV is on all afternoon as we all get our annual hit of two of our favourite things – France & cycling. For us the Tour de France is just compulsive viewing, …

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Cycling in Provence #ExploreProvence @TableenProvence
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Allez! Allez! Provence en Vélo

Provence: just one word conjures visions of endless blue skies, charming villages and miles and miles of smooth roads to be ridden. One of the things I miss most when not in France is riding my bike. I know, I know… you’re thinking, what? Don’t you miss the food, the …

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Pont Julien Veloroute Luberon @Vauclusedreamer
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Beyond the end of the Veloroute 1 to Cereste

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: The Véloroute du Calavon is a great off-road cycle path that runs the length of the petit-Luberon from near Cavaillon to beyond Apt. Built on the bed of an old railway track it offers a well-maintained, vehicle-free, flat route through some of the most …

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Bargain Hunting #Provence @VaucluseDreamer
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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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Poquerolles #Poquerolles Cote d'Azur @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreStay Fit

Why You Should Visit Porquerolles

Minutes away from the Cote d’Azur shoreline, this tiny outcropping is a world away from the glitz and glamour of Saint-Tropez. Porquerolles is one of three islands that form the Îles d’Hyères Archipelago. Only a 10-minute ferry ride from terra firma this spit of land is only 7 km (4.3 miles) …

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I Promise You This #Provence #Books @Patricia_Sands
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Is Provence Calling To You?

Author and possibilitarian Patricia Sands never ceases to amaze me. She is on the cusp of publishing the third book in her “Love In Provence” series I Promise You This ~ is available May 17th. Here, is a little temptation to order your copy. “With sunlit backdrops and plot twists as …

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Pont d'Avignon C.Demontis Avignon Guided Tours
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Historical Walking and Biking Tours of Avignon

In 2003, Clément Demontis first arrived in Avignon; to attend l’Université d’Avignon. Clément followed his undergraduate studies (history and geography) with a Master’s degree in history, so he is well qualified to share the city’s historical facts. Avignon Authentic Stories, Clément’s tour company, launched in 2014 (first tours in 2015). …

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Pool Mas des Avelines @OlivesVines
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Escapes in the Olives and Vines of Provence

A summertime escape to the Cote d’Azur from the French Alps. Heavenly! One might be tempted to describe the combination of a villa near Bandol, in Provence, and a home in the French mountain resort of Val d’Isère as the “the best of both worlds.” In 2010, Su Stephens and …

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L'Arbre a Vins Vaison-la-Romaine
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottRestaurant RecommendationsTaste

Better than a Money Tree – L’Arbre à Vins in Vaison-la-Romaine

Mathieu Schillinger hails from France’s Alsace region with its fabulous white wines. However, he tells me that it was only when he moved to England that he gained an appreciation for food and wine. An Epicurean paradox? In 2007, Mathieu and his wife returned to France to open a B&B …

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Figs Cuisine de Provence
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Cooking Classes at Cuisine de Provence

Barbara Schuerenberg says, “I always joke that I learned to cook out of self-defence as our mother was a terrible cook.”  Clearly, she was successful in that pursuit as she enters into her sixth year of running her cooking school Cuisine de Provence in Vaison la Romaine. German-born Barbara’s journey …

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