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Perfectly Provence Travel Tips by Master of Wine

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Learn more about Elizabeth Gabay’s compelling story and why she lives “Equidistant between the Rhone and Piedmont” follow this link.

We asked Elizabeth to share her Perfectly Provence moments with our readers:


The more remote villages away from the busy coastline

The region outside of the few months of summer – spring, fall and winter are beautiful

The fascinating, but overlooked, history of the region, which has fashioned a complex heritage

Autumn walk up un the Vésubie @LizGabayMW


The two chickpea dishes socca and panisse from Nice

Petite farci (little, stuffed vegetables)

In Provence make sure to try aioli, truffles and brandade

Trays of truffles at Bruno's of Lorgues @LizGabayMW


Near Nice: come up to the National Park of the Mercantour, where I live for the beautiful alpine walks, wildlife and fresh air. In summer months, the climate is perfect and in winter there is snow.

Take a hike on trails near the Massif de la Sainte-Baume the large hills that rise behind Bandol and Cassis. The ridgeline is frigid in winter; there are still icehouses on its peak from when they were used to supply ice to Toulon and Marseille. The mountain range is beautiful, wild and a bit isolated yet near enough to civilisation to enjoy excellent hotels and restaurants.

Massif Ste Baume - view north from the top @LizGabayMW

Accept the slower pace of life and don’t try and be busy and efficient – you will only get frustrated! There is a quality of life here that is a little slower than in cooler climates.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).


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    May 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    Lovely! Look at those dishes being held! Are those the chickpea dishes?

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      May 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm — Reply

      Hi Jill: those are truffles!

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