Bike Riding Lavender Fields Provence
David & Karen TaylorExploreStay Fit

Bike Riding around the Lavender Fields in Provence

Early July is the peak of colour in the lavender fields surrounding us. Whilst I cycled it would be a very pleasant drive and encompasses some spectacular scenery. From Saint Saturnin Les Apt, I took the D179 towards Rustrel and then turned left onto the D34 which takes 12 kilometres …

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Provence Painting Sessions Duncan Barker Uzes
Artists Inspired by ProvenceDuncan BarkerInspire

Provence Painting Sessions Capturing the Scenes on Canvas

As a painter in the South of France, you rarely feel alone. There are reminders everywhere of those who have gone before – of Cézanne in the countryside around Aix and of Gauguin and Van Gogh in Arles and Saint-Rémy. But not all these impressions are specific to a place. …

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Mas d’Augustine Chambre d’Hôte
Barefoot BloggerBed & Breakfasts in ProvenceStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Mas d’Augustine Chambre d’Hôte: Ready For Company

Contributor blog post by Deborah Bine: It’s time to catch up with Jane and Gary of Mas d’Augustine, the classic French chambre d’hôte (B&B) outside Uzes, France. With the winter chores done and a few holiday getaways behind them, I asked Jane: “what’s it like to be welcoming guests again.” …

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Luberon Cycling Routes
ExploreJulie WhitmarshStay Fit

Provence’s Luberon is Great for Cycling in all the Seasons

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: What we’ve realised since we bought the house this time last year is that there is no really bad time to cycle in Provence. Yes Summer is hot, but speaking as a‘mad dog’ I’m very happy to go out in the mid-day sun and …

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Beginner's Guide French Riviera by Mary Kay Seales
Books on ProvenceInspireMary Kay Seales

The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera: Stop Dreaming and Start Packing

Book Review: The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera from French Press Travel Books 2016 After 17 years of travelling to the French Riviera every summer, and one very interesting winter and spring, and after being the go-to person among my friends and colleagues for advice about travelling to Paris and …

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French Riviera Vence Properties for Sale
Sophia van Woensel-MoseStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Where to Buy Property on the French Riviera: Vence

By Sophia Mose: Buying Property in Vence versus St Paul-de-Vence Vence is a pretty medieval market town in the hills north of Nice on the Côte d’Azur. About 20 minutes from Nice airport, it has a population of about 19 000 people. The town is often overshadowed by its more …

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Promenade des Anglais Nice
Chiara OrlandiExploreProvencal History & Traditions

Learn the History Behind Nice’s Promenade des Anglais

Iconic Promenade des Anglais The celebrated 7-kilometre coastal boulevard between the sea and palm trees offers superb views of the Bay of Nice and gives the city its unique identity. The openness and long span of the uninterrupted path gives a sense of freedom and space that is found nowhere else. …

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Fresh Asparagus Season photo credit Tasha Powell
Barbara SchuerenbergProvencal RecipesSaladTaste

The Tastes of Spring a Salad with Fresh Asparagus and Parmesan

When the almond blossoms fill the sky with a pink hue, you know that Spring produce will quickly follow. Bright green asparagus seems to be the harbinger of the longer, warmer days ahead. This simple salad highlights the flavours of the fresh green asparagus with a tangy bite of citrus and hint of parmesan.

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Spring Pea Soup
Martine Bertin-PetersonProvencal RecipesSoupTaste

An Easy Recipe for Spring Pea Soup

The markets of Provence literally spring to life at this time of year with fresh asparagus, young lettuces and the first peas of the season. To celebrate the season of rebirth after a cold winter enjoy this recipe for Spring Pea Soup.

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Winter view of Mt Ventoux @Vauclusedreamer
InspireJulie WhitmarshShopping & Gifts

Sunday Morning Brocante Flea Market in Carpentras

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that one of the things I love most about France is the chance to spend the weekends pottering round some of the fabulous local ‘brocante’ markets. In the Summer, the weekends pass by …

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