Painting Workshops Provence Tessa Baker
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Painting Workshops in Provence with Tessa Baker

Creative Retreat to Provence Tessa Baker of Painting Provence with Tess invited me to join her painting group for dinner on their last night together. The retreat location in the Vaucluse, a restored farmhouse with a driveway lined with cypress trees, offered the group the benefits of privacy, quiet and …

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Boutiques Shopping Guide Provence

Boutiques: a Shopping Guide for Provence

Provence is known for its landscapes, famous artists, food markets, and culture. Perhaps by default, the region is less recognized for its designers, artisans and craftsmanship. Whether you are searching for a unique gift for someone special, or yourself, there is a wealth of artistic talent in the region.  Made …

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Books Recommended Holiday Reading List Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & Culture

Recommended Holiday Reading List from Provence

After all the December festivities, the holidays are a great time to disconnect from your e-devices and read. Whether you are searching for a gift or looking for a good book for yourself, these are some of our picks Holiday Reading List from Provence. Holidays Reads from Provence Discover the …

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Provence Highlights Trip Planning Marseille Vieux Port Artichokes
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLocals Travel Tips

7 Days in Provence Highlights for Trip Planning

A Week in Provence Key to a great holiday in Provence (or anywhere) is striking a balance between activity and downtime. We have been fortunate to have many friends visit the region. Of course, we like to think it all about us, but the reality is Provence is magnetic. After …

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Lavender Provence Holiday Gift Guide Home

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home from Provence

It’s that time of year. The kids are searching for “Elf on a Shelf,” or fighting over whose turn it is to open the advent calendar. At the same time, mum and dad are juggling corporate holiday parties and trying to burn off the eggnog. The countdown is on for …

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Hotel les Bories Spa Retreats Provence

Guide to the Best Spas in Provence

Lavender fields and rosé are among the hundreds of reasons to book a trip to Provence. A visit to the region often revolves around seeing all the main sights to “tick the boxes.” Don’t make that mistake! Provence is also the perfect choice for a relaxing spa break, a yoga …

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Pradeep Teotia Class yoga Provence Belle Vie
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Yoga Provence La Belle Vie Beyond the Mat

Yoga in Provence La Belle Vie yoga retreat was in my calendar, but when the weekend finally arrived I was rushed, juggling life. As Pradeep Teotia began his class with his signature “Welcome Home,” all thoughts of my to-do list fell away. The warmth in the room embraced my soul, …

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St Remy Lavender
Expat Living and Real EstateKeith Van SickleLiving in Provence

Living in Provence Getting Deep Into Local Culture

Living Part-time in Provence My wife and I live part of the year in St-Rémy and it’s been fun to get to know the place. One way we’ve done it is through local associations, which are groups organized around a common interest. Associations are popular in France and every town …

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Le Savoir Faire des Alpilles Artisans Provence Alpilles
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Artisans in Provence Le Savoir Faire des Alpilles

Showcasing Alpilles Craftsmanship It could only be serendipity that Le Savoir Faire des Alpilles, a boutique showcasing the designs of local artisans, is across the street from the administrative offices of the Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles. Both groups actively promote the beauty, traditions and natural environment of the small …

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Candied fruits at Lilimand Confiseur at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Caroline LongstaffeLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Sweet Treats the Candied Fruit Makers in Provence

What is Candied Fruit? Don’t ask your nutritionist’s permission when it comes to candied fruit. The answer is obviously yes. The process of converting fresh fruit to a crystallized version takes lots of time and even more sugar syrup. Sometimes referred to as fruit glacé in France. The Arabs brought …

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