Lavender Fields in Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Lavender in Provence Creating New Artisans

Exploring the Provencal market stands piled high with seasonal produce, fragrant fresh fruit, buckets of just-picked flowers, table linens and bright pottery is pure delight. However, it’s not always rewarding for market vendors facing early mornings, erratic weather, and fickle crowds. Determined to carry on an artisanal tradition, Elsa Lenthal, …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottEssentials: Quick Guides to Provence

Lavender in Provence Understanding the Essentials

Essential Lavender The lavender industry in Provence is a significant economic driver impacting agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and retail. There are 2,000 producers and roughly 25,000 people employed in the industry. The main growing areas are the four (4) departments the Drôme, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Vaucluse, with some small production in the …

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InspireMargo Lestz

Exploring the Lavender Fields of Provence

Lavender Fields of Provence Rows of fragrant lavender plants stretching toward the horizon are an unforgettable sight. In fact, for many people, this is the first image that comes to mind when they think of Provence. You might imagine that the landscape has always been swathed in lines of lavender, …

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Lavender Seasons Provence
Cheryl ShufflebothamExplore

Embrace the Lavender Seasons in Provence

Purple Lavender It’s the essence of Provence—intoxicating, calming, soothing, stunning—the purple elixir of Provence. Yet, it’s here for just a short time—at its peak in July but still stunning at the end of June. Provence is raw, rugged, and enchanting all year, but how can one resist being there when …

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Books on ProvenceInspireKeith Van Sickle

Book Review: Lavender, Loss & Love at the Villa des Violettes

New Book by Patricia Sands “Families come in all shapes and sizes.” This phrase, spoken by one the women in Patricia Sands’ new novella, is a good summary of what this lovely book is about. And what families they are!—united by love, friendship, and sometimes even biology. Sands shows us …

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Guide Lavender Provence
Ashley TinkerExplore

Your Guide to Lavender in Provence

A Guide to Lavender in Provence You either love lavender or you hate it. The essence is used for insomnia, headaches, to cleanse cuts or insect bites, deter mosquitoes and more. Despite its uses though, there’s no denying that it’s absolutely stunning in the plant form, and oh so iconic …

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Deborah LawrensonInspire

Provencal Lavender – off the beaten track

When the lavender is harvested in Provence at the end of July, a heavenly scent is carried on warm evening breezes. Alerted by the first wafts of perfumed air, from our terrace we can sometimes see the smoke rising from the other side of a small ridge. The distillation has …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore

The Purple Beauty of Provence: Lavender

Lavender is the purple beauty of Provence; it is a big industry in France and the key to essential oil production. Tourists and locals flock to see the fields in full blooming glory. The timeframe changes annually depending on weather, but typically some fields are ready by late June, and …

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Charming Reillanne Luberon Village
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Charming Reillanne a Luberon Village to Visit

Martine and George Greenlee arrived in Provence for a one-year trial – several years ago! It took time to decide that Reillanne, in the Luberon Valley, was the place that they wanted to live. Reillanne ticked all the boxes, and they bought a home in 2016 – it’s close to …

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Mas d'Augustine Luxury B&B Expat Life Flowers in Bloom
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLiving in Provence

Expat Life in France and the Opportunity to Run a Luxury B&B

Relocating to the South of France is often a lifestyle choice, for those seeking a milder climate and slower pace of life. However, it is not every couple who willingly choose to spend their semi-retirement years managing a boutique, 5-bedroom B&B in a new country. In December 2010, Jane and …

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