Mont Ventoux AOC Vineyards
Paula KaneTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Mont Ventoux AOC Vineyards Discover the Wines

Harvest or vendanges for wineries in the Ventoux usually takes place between the end of August and the last part of September. For those who don’t know this wine region, AOC Ventoux (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) is a vast area in the southern Rhône with over 150 wineries. And it’s a …

READ MORE  
Lavender Grown in Canada
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Win Exceptional Lavender and Botanicals Grown in Canada

“Growers, producers and distillers of fine quality botanical products” ~ Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm Win a DIY Botanical Body Care Kit The Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is giving away two (2) DIY Botanical Body Care Kits to one lucky winner in Canada. Each kit includes farm-grown and distilled …

READ MORE  
Making Croissants at home
BreadsJulie WhitmarshProvencal RecipesTaste

Attempting to Make Croissants at Home

Reflecting on 2020, the tail end of the year, rather like the beginning and if I’m perfectly honest, the middle bits too, have been a tad chaotic. All the plans we thought we may have made, have had to be ripped up again and again. At least when I was …

READ MORE  
Provence Right for Picnics
Julie WhitmarshProvencal RecipesTaste

Provence is the Right Place for Picnics

Our time in Provence passes far too easily. The days slip by in a gentle pattern of dog-walking, cycling, pottering around local villages and just sitting, chatting, whilst we set the world to rights. I know we should be doing lots of other things too, like making the most of …

READ MORE  
Tour de France Provence
ExploreJulie WhitmarshStay Fit

Watching the Tour de France in Provence

We are so lucky, living where we do, as the roads around us are often used for professional cycle races, including the Tour de France. Since buying the house here, it has passed close by twice, and we have taken every opportunity to watch the professional riders race along some …

READ MORE  
Riding Mont Ventoux
ExploreJulie WhitmarshStay Fit

Riding Mont Ventoux Wasn’t My Plan

Sitting in the north of the Vaucluse, on the border with the Drome, Mont Ventoux dominates the skyline. This mountain, with its white-scree summit, is an iconic landmark and its profile is instantly recognizable from afar, even as far away as the Camargue. Mont Ventoux can be seen from many …

READ MORE  
Active Holidays French Riviera Cycling
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreStay Fit

Ideas for Active Holidays on the French Riviera

Only 35 minutes from the Nice Airport at 550m above sea level, the peaceful village of Châteauneuf-Villevieille is a clear contrast to the dynamic French city. Set against the flank of Mont Férion in the préalpes, Châteauneuf-Villevieille is an excellent base for an active holiday near the French Riviera. The …

READ MORE  
ExploreJulie WhitmarshVillages Towns and Cities

Exploring Provence the Luberon Villages and Beyond

I thought it was time to revisit something I did soon after starting this blog to do an A-Z of the Luberon and Vaucluse. I started it all those years ago, before we had bought the house, and with much less knowledge than we have now. Also, I never actually …

READ MORE  
French Riviera Lifestyle Cannes Views
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Enjoying the French Riviera Lifestyle in Cannes

Helen Bates and her husband, Niall, have been living in the South of France for 15 years after leaving their finance careers in London. They run a small property rental business in the heart of Cannes, offering affordable, stylish properties that offer everything you need for a holiday on the …

READ MORE  
Family-Friendly Walks French Riviera
ExploreRebecca WhitlockeStay Fit

Preparing for Family-friendly Walks on the French Riviera

One of the nicest things about living on the French Riviera is the number of walking trails you can discover with your family. There’s plenty of trails that are perfect for all ages throughout the year. The French Riviera has an incredible amount of history, so you can combine exercise …

READ MORE