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Mur de la Peste a Rocky Trail in Provence’s History

Over 100,000 people (some estimates as high as 126,000) died in Provence between 1720 and 1722, including almost 50% of Marseille’s population some 46,000 inhabitants. All in the name of commerce. The Grand Saint-Antoine arrived in Marseille’s port on May 25, 1720, from Syria (previously Levan), the vessel was late, …

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Aix en Provence Walking Tour Discovery Beyond the Ordinary

Frédéric Paul is the founder of Le Visible est Invisible, a company that offers guided tours in Aix en Provence and the region. What he hopes to demonstrate to clients during the walking tours is that the history of Provence is in your face, but you need to be ready …

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The Mistral Wind of Provence

Provence claims thirty-two different winds, but the mistral, that strong, cold wind that roars down the Rhone Valley from Lyon to Marseille, is master of them all. The very name “mistral” means masterly in the Provençal language, and according to local expressions, it can blow the tail off a donkey, …

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ABCs of Street Art in Provence and Around the World

Nutmeg has long held a fascination for street art and its covert, daring, brash, temporary, loud, in-your-face style of self-expression. So far removed from stuffy galleries and permanent, curated collections. Nutmeg compiled an ABC list of street art terms in order to understand this open-air pursuit and top places for …

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Bouillabaisse Terrine Terrine De BouilleAbaisse #GeraldPassedat (c) RichardHaughton
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Recipe for Bouillabaisse Terrine by Gérald Passedat

recipe for Bouillabaisse Terrine is from Gérald Passedat’s new cookbook Flavors From The French Mediterranean. This master chef turns this Provencal seafood dish – originally a fisherman’s meal made with the unsold fish parts – into a beautiful new variation on the dish.

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Provencal Artisan Traditions Fabrics and Lavender Fuseaux

It was a solo visit for Nutmeg. Ginger had no interest in the Souleiado fabric museum in Tarascon. The display provides a historical overview of their fabrics and methods of textile printing.  The lighting in the small museum could be improved, and the information provided could be more explicit. The history …

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Goult and Lacoste Hidden Gems in the Luberon

After a 45-year business career with some of the largest corporations in the world, Anthony Craig called it quits. It was a milestone moment when he resigned from nine corporate boards, and he and his wife relocated to Provence. Craig is now a published author, his book It’s All About Lunch shares their story of renovations …

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Spring in the Calanques @MyDreamyProvence
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A cliff walk and one of the clearest water swims in the Med

Contributor blog post by Jill Cowdry: As days become warmer, it’s impossible to resist the urge to get out – attention turns to more exercise and a spring swim in the med.  A short drive from Aix en Provence or Marseilles the magical Calanques are a special place to walk, breath …

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Château de Mazan Rich in Provencal Style

Nestled in the heart of Provence, you will find a true Hidden Gem – Château de Mazan. The former residence of the Marquis de Sade, an 18th Century French aristocrat, politician and writer who was infamous for his outrageous, libertine lifestyle, this stunning Château is an ideal destination for a relaxing …

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Charles Camoin – Must-See Exhibition in Aix-en-Provence

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: If you love Provence, you will love this exhibition. Charles Camoin was born in Marseille and spent his later years living in Saint-Tropez and painting all along the Mediterranean coast. The Musée Granet’s exhibition, ‘Camoin dans sa Lumiere’, has wonderful examples of his works showing Marseille, Cassis and …

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