St Remy Local Secrets Parking
ExploreKeith Van Sickle

St Remy Local Secrets Where to Find Parking

Contributor blog post by Keith Van Sickle: The Wednesday morning market in St.-Rémy is one of the best in Provence. And it is very popular, which makes parking a challenge. There are a few spots available in the pay lots and on the street, but they tend to fill up …

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One Sip at a Time Book by Keith Van Sickle
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

One Sip at a Time a Journey from Silicon Valley to St Remy de Provence

It took 20 visits to Provence before Keith Van Sickle, and his wife decided to make the region their part-time home. A Northern California native, Van Sickle spent his early years on an island in the San Francisco Bay – Alameda, California. “It’s a sleepy town, an oasis of 1950’s …

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Perfectly Provence Video Alpilles Mountains in Autumn
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore

Must Watch Video Tour in Perfectly Provence

It never gets easier to leave Provence, in fact, it might get harder each time. After several years of spending time in the region, it seems like my list of “must see and should do” just gets longer. Maybe it is because most days are highlighted by an endless sky. …

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Chateau Romanin panoramique View AOP Les Baux de Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Chateau Romanin Dedicated to Provence’s Long History of Wine

Occasionally, you catch a flash of the sun on the windows, a fleeting hint that something magical is taking place on the North side of the Alpilles. Initially, the meandering road that leads to Château Romanin parallels the Aéro-Club de Saint-Rémy les Alpilles glider runway. The striking backdrop of limestone fingers, the …

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Mas de la Dame Wines of Provence Les Alpilles AOP Les Baux de Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

The Lady Wine Makers of Les Baux de Provence

Running mostly east to west Provence’s small Alps – les Alpilles – are a small mountain chain, approximately 30km in length. The highest peak is not quite 500m above sea level, yet this outcropping holds almost mythical status in the region. These jagged limestone spires protected our ancient ancestors, in …

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Vincent Van Gogh’s St Remy Statue
Artists Inspired by ProvenceGinger and NutmegInspire

Van Gogh’s St Remy de Provence

Much has been written about Vincent Van Gogh’s life, the famous Dutch painter who led an expressive, tortured life. This statue le voleur de tournesol (the Sunflower Thief) by Gabriel Sterk may just capture the essence of Van Gogh’s work – as you never quite look at sunflowers, irises, olive trees …

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Barrage de Malpasset Frejus
ExploreProvencal History & TraditionsRoad Trips South of France

3 Must-do Adventures in Provence

With its sobering history the story of the incredible Malpasset Dam that ruptured on December 2, 1959 killing 421 is definitely worth a visit if you are near Fréjus. For a relaxing drive through an uncrowded part of Provence the Vallee de Jabron in Haute Provence has stunning vistas with …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocals Travel Tips

Coach Rebecca Ronane Shares her Perfectly Provence

Rebecca Ronane was born in the United Kingdom, but she tells me that she embarked on a career of travelling after the age of 19. Rebecca and her husband Alain (also a travel bug) met while working as tour directors. As a guide, Rebecca has journeyed throughout Europe, the United …

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Calanque En Vau Calanques Provence
Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Discovering Provence as Retired Expat

Journalist/Writer Anne-Marie Simons and her husband Oscar (retired international banker) have lived and worked in the US and Europe. They could have chosen anywhere to retire but decided on sunny Aix-en-Provence. Anne-Marie says, “Our choice of Aix-en-Provence was a bit of a stab in the dark but has worked out …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Philippe Goninet St Remy’s Tourism Foodie

They had all booked a week exploring Provence – a dream trip! Now, these 10 adults are seated in a slightly warm mini-van – some of the group swoons over the lavender fields and others love Van Gogh, some are early risers and others are always late. Meet Philippe Goninet …

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