Aston Martin D811 Scenic Drives Close Monaco
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3 of the Most Scenic Drives Close to Monaco

Monaco is truly blessed when it comes to its climate and location. These two factors combined create some of the most aesthetically-pleasing scenery in the world with verdant vegetation atop hills and craggy rock faces. It is the gateway to the French Riviera and Provence, whose scenic roads have been …

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The Forcalquier Market In Provence
Ashley TinkerMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurTaste

The Forcalquier Market In Pictures

Forcalquier market is just as beautiful as many other large Provençal markets. It’s in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region and is located close to Valensole. If you vacation around this area, your visit will most likely include the Gorges du Verdon. If you’re lucky, you’ll be in this region in July, where …

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Abbaye du Thoronet Var @PerfProvence
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Must-see Treasures of the Var

What to do in the Var? Here, are a few not-to-be-missed sites: The Thoronet in the Var one of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence. L’Abbaye du Thoronet was classified as a French historical monument in 1840. Restoration work started the year after and still continues today. Also, worthwhile are the caves of Villecroze, carved into the side of …

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Hideaway in Tourtour Domaine de la Baume Tourtour Var @megeve_hotels
Hotels Provence & Cote d'AzurStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Five Star Secluded Hideaway in Tourtour

Just outside the village of Tourtour, in the Var, is an exquisite Sibuet Maison & Hotels property:  the Domaine de la Baume a Provencal Jewel. It is a secluded hideaway with 5-star service. In keeping with the classy style of Sibuet Maison & Hotels, this one time private home is …

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Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers Inspired in Provence

Provence’s pine forests, Mistral winds and the summer symphony of the cigales fuel Tracy Rawles’ creative writing. Rawles published her first book Charlie’s World of Glittering Powers, in November 2015. Charlie is a cigale, a cicada (or at least inspired by the cicadas), this is a description of the book’s central …

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Painting Trips in Provence @TessaBaker
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

At the Easel Painting Trips in Provence with Tessa Baker

Lorgues is located in the middle of vineyards and olive groves. It is in the center of the department of the Var between the Mediterranean Sea and the Gorges du Verdon. Source: Wikipedia Based on that description, it might be difficult to think of a more idyllic location for an …

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Her Forget Me Not Ex cover @SClaireWriter
Books on ProvenceInspire

How Provence Inspired Sophie Claire’s Novel

The following article is by first-time novelist Sophie Claire. Enjoy the read! Although I’ve lived most of my life in England, my mother’s side of the family is French and we spoke French at home – so it wasn’t a surprise that I set my first novel, Her Forget-Me-Not Ex, …

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Caves Grottos Villecroze Provence Var @perfProvence
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Grottos of Provence the Caves of Villecroze

Millions of years of seismic activity, tectonic plate movement and freeze-thaw cycles created the diverse geology of present-day Provence. The region is also known as the Bouches de Rhône where the Mediterranean shoreline runs the gambit of beaches, brackish wetlands and vertigo-inducing cliffs. Other natural phenomena in the area include …

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Var Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Need 5 Reasons to visit Cotignac

Cotignac’s permanent population hovers around 2,300 people. The official count swells on a sunny Tuesday when throngs of visitors appraise market stalls on the main street — Cours Gambetta. A column of plane trees provide welcome shade to vendors watching their stands that are heaving with tempting melons from Cavaillon, …

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Tables and Tastes of Provence Recipe Index
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottRestaurant RecommendationsTaste

Top-quality Restaurants on the French Riviera and Beyond

The following list of top restaurants on or near the French Riviera is not extensive, and these are not all Michelin-starred, but they are all exceptional. Book a table! Restaurants and Michelin Stars The first Guide Michelin appeared in 1900 when bicycles greatly outnumbered cars on the French roads. It …

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