Lou Marronie Cotignac Working Caretaker Provence Experiences
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceVictoria Koning

Working as a Caretaker in Provence Our Experiences

Finding work is one of the primary causes of concern for expats. What makes it even more challenging in this region, is that much of that work is given by word-of-mouth. Establishing a few contacts before the move helps enormously unless you have time (and savings) to build up some …

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Tips for How to Travel on a Budget in Provence

A Guest Post: Is there anyone who would not dream of visiting Provence? Just think about this region and images of lavender fields, the azure sea, and market produce appear in your head. Provence is just as you imagine! It is worth noting that Provence is not a cheap tourist …

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Tips Eat Health Provence
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10 Clever Tips To Eat Healthy When Travelling in Provence

When you think of travelling and a great vacation, chances are you’re looking forward to the food. However, just because you are on holiday in Provence does not mean you should consume foods that will leave you feeling bloated and tired. When you make better food choices, you’ll enjoy your …

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Easter Lunch Menu Stuffed Courgette Flowers
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Easter Lunch Menu from Provence – Stuffed Courgette Flowers

Last year, we hosted the Gemma Wade of “You Say Tomato Cooking” (meal planning, recipes, cooking classes and more) here in Cotignac. Gemma is a talented cook, turns fresh, basic ingredients into delicious dishes with ease. She was impressed by our Tuesday morning farmer’s market in Cotignac, one of five …

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Caroline LongstaffeInspire

Provencal Architecture and the Shutters of Provence

I’m often asked why I called my blog ‘Shutters and Sunflowers.’ To me, they are both so defining of Provence and indeed much of France. Throughout this beautiful country, many of the buildings, whether historic or recently built, are adorned with shutters. And in the summertime, everywhere but especially in …

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Spanish Paella Provence Finished
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Spanish Paella in Provence

Although paella is considered a Spanish dish it is very common to find it at markets in Provence. The vendor cooks up their version of this hearty rice dish in a paellera. The exact cooking time will depend on your ingredients and how long the rice takes to cook.

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My French Country Home Magazine
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The Road to Rosé – My French Country Home Magazine

Provence Living Feature The Road to Rosé with text by Jeany Cronk of Mirabeau Wine and photos by Sophie Bellard was published in the July/August 2019 edition of My French Country Home – Magazine. The article (below) is reproduced with the permission of Sharon Santoni, the creator of this beautiful magazine. …

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Summer Sports Provence
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From the Var a Rosé Toast to Summer Sports in Provence

Just 10 minutes down the road from Cotignac is the charming village of Carcès, home to the stunning Lac de Carcès. The views are simply breathtaking and you don’t find many more romantic spots to watch a sunset in the area. But today I wasn’t after of romance. I wanted …

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Citrus Salad Orange Fennel Olive Mirabeau_Wine
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Citrus Salad with Orange, Fennel, Olive and Capers

In a climate where fennel grows wild and, olive oil production is big business this tangy salad is a tribute to the landscape. This citrus salad incorporates many ingredients native to the South of France and the Mediterranean Basin. Gemma Wade prepared this salad as a side dish for the Easter lunch menu

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottRestaurant RecommendationsTaste

Food Trucks in Provence Delivering World Cuisine

Provence Food Trucks When you think of Provence, it’s unlikely that a food truck is a culinary image that springs to mind. However, the number of food trucks in the region is exploding. Most of these trucks are mobile, available to travel to private venues, public gatherings, markets and festivals. …

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