Visit L’Isle Sur la Sorgue
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Markets and Other Reasons to Visit L’Isle Sur la Sorgue

Our first visit to the famous Sunday market in L’Isle sur la Sorgue was a nippy, blue-sky autumn morning. The summer crowds may have dispersed, but finding parking remained a bit of a contact sport. We got lucky. Why drag yourself out of bed to visit this Provencal town? Here …

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Visit Provence Budget Holiday
Guest PostStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

It is Possible to Visit Provence on a Budget Holiday

When imagining Provence, perhaps you think of three-star Michelin restaurants serving snails with white truffles, paired with decades-old Bandol rosé. Sure thing, but regular French people also live in Provence and don’t have that much money to spare on a meal. Smart tourists will follow the local’s lead and can …

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St Remy Hotel de Ville
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Our St Remy de Provence Lifestyle

For two decades, Gayle Padgett and her husband Ralph maintained a long-distance relationship with Provence. They often travelled to the South of France during their vacation time from US government jobs in Germany. As their retirement years approached, the “Where are we going to live?” question loomed. The couple chose …

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Books Recommended Holiday Reading List Provence
Books on ProvenceGuest PostInspire: Art & Culture

8 Must-Read Books About Provence

Travel and Literature: two passions that usually go hand in hand! After all, surprising stories are what we look for in books and the most diverse scenarios in the world. One of the most inspiring places in this context is Provence. Lavender fields, mountain inland villages, historic cities, nature parks, …

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Pont d'Avignon
Explore: Travel in ProvencePaul ShawcrossVillages Towns and Cities

Côtes du Rhône Wine Route a Village Driving Itinerary

Popes and Red Wine Villages in Provence’s Rhone Valley In my view, there is no better place to begin this wine village itinerary than historic Avignon. The city was once the seat of the Catholic Church and home of several Popes during the Middle Ages. I have chosen seven of …

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Summer Festivals Events Provence Cote d'Azur
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Summer Festivals and Events in Provence 2020

What’s On? During the summer in Provence and the Côte d’Azur, daytime temperatures range from warm to hot. So, you don’t need an excuse to laze by the pool. At this time of year, the lavender is in bloom, and the sunflowers put on a spectacular floral show. From music …

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La Cadière-d'Azur Var
Explore: Travel in ProvenceOur House in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

La Cadière-d’Azur Var Village to Visit

Hilltop Village La Cadière-d’Azur is a small medieval village perched on the edge of a cliff on the hill across from Le Castellet in the south-west of the Var region. After we finished our walk-about Le Castellet, we decided that since we were in the area, we should cross the valley …

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French Riviera Juan les Pins Plage des Ondes
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Best of French Riviera Living in Juan les Pins

Who could blame New Zealand native Rebecca Whitlocke for falling in love with an Englishman and the French Riviera? For over a decade, Rebecca has lived with her young family on the French Riviera in Juan les Pins. This seaside town is a relatively small centre, as compared to Nice …

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Jean Moulin French Resistance
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Who Was Jean Moulin French Resistance Leader?

World War II France Jean Moulin is not a familiar name to those, like myself, who only took basic history courses in school. Our overview of World War II never mentioned this wartime hero. Once we began spending time in the Alpilles and noticed the Route Jean Moulin road signs, …

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10 Reasons to Visit Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in Provence

Here are 10 Great Reasons to Visit Provence

Narrowing down the reasons to visit this corner of France to only 10 is a difficult task. Provence covers broad geography in the southeastern section of the country. It’s here where the Rhône River reaches the Mediterranean, and the Southern Alps give way to fields and beaches. The Romans left …

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