Christmas Le Domaine de Palerme Magnolias suite bedroom
Bed & Breakfasts in ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottRental & Self-Catered Properties in ProvenceStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

A Family Christmas in Provence at Le Domaine de Palerme

Head to the South of France After years of the same old holiday routines, the Christmas stockings are looking a bit ragged and plum pudding it still not your favourite dessert. Why not change it up this year and spend a week in Provence? Domaine de Palerme is available for a …

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Jean Martin Company Boutique Exterior Maussane BOUTIQUE AGENCE CAMELEON
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Cooking ClassesLocal Food Producers in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

Jean Martin Company in the Heart the Olives of Les Baux de Provence

A Long Olive Story It has been almost 100-years since Jean Martin founded his company in the village of Maussane. In 1920, this town on the southern flank of the Alpilles range had a population of just over 1200 people. When M. Martin senior launched his business of preserving and …

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Sentiers de L’Abondance
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensLifestyle: Art & Culture

Why Visit Les Sentiers de L’Abondance a Special Garden Project in Eygalieres

On a hot July afternoon, Girl Gone Gallic and I set out to discover Provence’s pathways of abundance. The inspiration for the name of this property came from a book by French author and garden lover Adrienne Cazeilles. Les Sentiers de L’Abondance is the name of a unique garden located …

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Cassis Seaside Views Mediterranean
Cheryl ShufflebothamExplore: Travel in Provence

Cassis Seaside Town The Charm of a Bygone Era

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shfflebotham: “He who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing.”—Frédéric Mistral; Provençal writer and poet and 1904 Nobel Prize winner in literature. In just under two hours from our peaceful Vaucluse department in Provence, we arrive at the top of Cassis. Upon exiting our …

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Jolie Vintage Atelier Crafting Workshops Goult
Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Crafting Workshops in Goult at Jolie Vintage Atelier

Charming Provence Jolie vintage might be a good description for Goult. This village is one of a few in the Luberon that is not teeming with tourists, during the high season. In September 2015, Mimi and Michael Pillsbury purchased an old village house, as their new home and the base …

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La Louve Garden Jardin Remarkable Bonnieux
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensLifestyle: Art & Culture

La Louve a Remarkable Garden and Green Oasis in Bonnieux

It rains a lot in Normandy. So, two residents of northern France to deciding to spend their retirement years in Provence would hardly be considered unusual. Sylvie and Pascal Verger were searching for a village house with a garden for their relocation from Honfleur. However, the trigger for their real …

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Author Elizabeth David Menerbes Sketch
Books on ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

Discovering Author Elizabeth David French Country Cooking at Ménerbes

Of all the British women writers of the mid-20th century, perhaps it is cookery author Elizabeth David who brought most colour and sensuousness to the page – and to the table.  When she wrote about aubergines, courgettes, garlic and aromatic herbs, these were exotic rarities in the grey of Britain’s …

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Domaine de Palerme Exterior
Bed & Breakfasts in ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Delightful Le Domaine de Palerme for a Poetic Stay in Provence

According to my phone,“You have arrived.” Good thing for the warning, as I might have missed the small entry sign for le Domaine de Palerme. Discrete might be a good descriptor for this property located only a couple kilometres from the heart of lively L’Isle sur la Sorgue. The Domaine’s …

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Ateliers Fourwinds Aureille
Artists Inspired by ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

Ateliers Fourwinds Breathing New Artistic Energy in Aureille

At first glance, one might think nothing much has changed at Ateliers Fourwinds since my last visit four years ago. Which, is exactly what the new partners want for this artistic workshop (atelier) space with its natural vistas of the Alpilles. Their desire was to breathe new artistic energy into this …

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Wine and Food Flavors Marseille
Jill BarthTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Discover a World of Wine and Food Flavors in Marseille

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth: The Southern French port city of Marseille has been the entry point for the world since the Greeks settled there around 600 BC. The second largest city in France is home to people of scoping nationalities and this diversity makes Marseille the world’s kitchen. …

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