Absinthe Ice Cream
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Fancy an Ice Cream in Provence? Our Top Picks

Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal. ~ Voltaire* Susan Gish writes for Aixcentric: Sam and I had a really tough assignment over the summer doing the research for this article (she said sarcastically). But someone has to do it, so instead of worrying about getting rid …

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French Bakeries Boulanger Aix-en-Provence
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French Bakeries Visiting a Boulanger in Aix-en-Provence

Susan and Sam Gish went on a magical tour of Au Pavé du Roy: Artisan Patissier Chocolatier Boulanger Glacier Traiteur in Aix-en-Provence. Our rendez-vous was with Mme Laurence Campanella, who is the 3rd generation owner of the shop. She invited us to come on a morning in October, and we …

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My Visit Aix-en-Provence
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My Many Reasons to Visit Aix-en-Provence

My name is Virginie Van Der Wees. I am a French teacher for non-French speakers. I live near Aix-en-Provence. Every morning, it’s a pleasure to wake up and tell myself that I live at the foot of the Sainte-Victoire mountain, 25 minutes from Aix-en-Provence. Je m’appelle Virginie Van Der Wees. …

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Leek Goat Cheese Tart
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Savoury Leek and Goat Cheese Tart Recipe

French bakers have perfected tarts in both sweet and savoury versions. In this recipe, the combination of leek and goat cheese is a creamy delight. This tart is perfect for a lunch dish with a green salad, or serve bite-sized pieces as an appetizer. We used goat cheese in this …

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Crime Novels Set in Aix-en-Provence

An Aixcentric follower yesterday prompted me to remind everyone of a series of crime novels set in Aix-en-Provence and beyond.  She had spent time in town recently on holiday and loved reading fiction set in places newly familiar.  For all those who aren’t in Provence right now but would like …

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Jas de Bouffan Cezanne
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Jas de Bouffan Paul Cezanne’s Family Home in Aix

As Aixcentric followers will know, the 18th-century country house, Jas de Bouffan, which was home to the Cezanne family for 40 years, was closed over a year ago for renovation.  I went in for a visit on its last day of opening, and my goodness, it needed renovation: think cold, …

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Aix-en-Provence and Its Wine Shops

Susan Gish writes: This article is a bit about us and wine, and a bit about three women who manage or own wine shops in Aix.  (We’ve also included some other wine shops in Aix). Susan and Sam are serious wine lovers. They enjoyed a romantic honeymoon in Champagne and …

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Calisson d'Aix Recipe
Cakes & CookiesCook'n with ClassDessertProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Recipe for Calisson d’Aix a Traditional Sweet

Culinary references to a version of calissons lead to medieval Italy but these sweets are commonly associated with Aix-en-Provence – Calisson d’Aix. This came after 16th-century farmers planted the first almond crops in the region. These delicious calissons have been consistently made in the same way for many generations. Traditional …

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Madeleines Sweet French Aix-en-Provence
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Craving Madeleines a Sweet French Fix in Aix-en-Provence

Susan Gish may not have a long history of reading works by Marcel Proust, but she shares his love for the classic French cookie-cake = madeleines. She wrote the following, “All I knew was that I am addicted to them. Not all madeleines, just those from Christophe Madeleines in Aix-en-Provence. …

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Books Recommended Holiday Reading List Provence
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Spots in Provence Which Will Inspire You to Write a Novel

Provence’s diversified nature is what makes it the perfect source of inspiration for writers. For centuries, the South of France has been a getaway for writers and artists looking for creative inspiration. From rolling vineyards over pine forests to lavender fields, Provence can provide you with different experiences, whether you …

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