Book An Escape to Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Book Review: An Escape to Provence

Who didn’t want to escape somewhere during the height of the pandemic? Personally, going anywhere outside the confines of our townhouse was a diversion. At home in England, author Sophie Claire crafted her pandemic “getaway” by writing her latest novel, An Escape to Provence, about an unlikely love match in …

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Savoury Zucchini Tart Recipe
David Scott AllenLunchtime MealsProvencal RecipesTaste

A Savoury Zucchini Tart Recipe for all Seasons

We all know that French pastry chefs have perfected tempting (and beautiful) fruit tarts, but there is an equally long repertoire of savoury tarts. Perhaps the best known is a classic quiche Lorraine. Then there is the delicious combination of sliced onion, lardon and crème fraîche that makes Flammekueche (Tarte …

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Love Lavender and Provence
ExplorePaula Kane

In Love with Lavender and Provence

I’ve only been in Provence once during lavender season. It was many years ago when everything in the region was new to me and I was much less adventurous. As a result, I didn’t see much lavender and have regretted it ever since. This year I wanted to be here …

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marche de noel isle sur sorgue
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Enjoy the Festive Season and Tour Provence this December

Provence is magical during the holiday season, and December is a wonderful time to visit the South of France.  The festivities begin in mid-November, running right through early January. The sparkling, festive ambience of Europe’s Christmas markets is legendary. The Strasbourg Christkindelsmärik is one of the largest in France, with …

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Summer Read Sunshine and Shadows at the Vineyard Jane Dunning
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Summer Reading: Sunshine and Shadows at the Vineyard

Grab a transat (lounge chair) and settle for a great summer read complete with family dynamics, hot bodies, yachts, and a tour through Provence. Sunshine and Shadows at the Vineyard is the latest novel by Jane Dunning and here is our review. The Author Following a diverse career in advertising, …

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Drought Conditions French Vineyards Ch-Roquefort
Guest PostTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Too Dry! Drought Conditions in the French Vineyards

Göran Boman, the author of The Wines of Provence – Tricolour, wrote the article below. Based in Sweden, far from Provence’s vineyards, he has visited many times, and his knowledge of the vineyards and wines of the region is impressive. Below is an excerpt from an article he wrote earlier …

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Lavender Fields near Aix Terre Ugo
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensInspire

Looking for Lavender Fields near Aix Head to Terre Ugo

Visit the lavender fields near Aix-en-Provence! Terre Ugo is a 7-hectare family farm located on the outskirts of Aix in Puyricard. In 2017, the family planted 30,000 organic Lavandin Grosso plants on a portion of the property. Now, during the peak of the flowering season, you can visit Terre Ugo …

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Place Antony Mars in Vence France Many Reasons we Live Here
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Vence, France the Many Reasons to Live Here

Steve Wilkison is a web designer, writer and photographer who lives in Vence, France, with his wife Carole Richmond and their dog Myla. Originally from southern California, he first became enchanted with France when he backpacked throughout Europe at the age of 18. He fell in love with Vence the …

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De-budding Grapevines
Maison Mirabeau WinesTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

De-budding Grapevines and Fruit of Our Labour

It’s July and the ‘Ebourgeonnage’ (de-budding) is in full swing here at the domaine! Throughout this process, the viticulturist and team select the branches that will help to produce the best quality grapes and cut off the others. This helps control the grape yield, enables the canopy to develop uniformly, …

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Destination Nice French Riviera is one of the reasons we love Nice
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

10 Reasons We Love Nice, France

Nice is a fascinating city on the beautiful French Riviera. Annexed to France from Italy in 1860, you can feel the French and Italian cultures combined, creating a unique local lifestyle. There are many reasons we love Nice, and here are our top ten. Book a Holiday Rental Near Nice …

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