Mont Sainte-Victoire Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreStay Fit

Mont Sainte-Victoire Celebrate and Revered in Provence

The massif looks like a fortified stone ridge or a sharp triangle pointing to the sky, depending on how you approach Mont Sainte-Victoire. Regardless of the time of day or season, the only certainty is that the mountain, located on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence, never looks the same twice. Artists …

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Jil Steenhuis painting the Almond Blossoms
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottGuided Holiday ToursInspire

Provence Painting Weeks with Jill Steenhuis Embrace the Soul

Have you ever dreamed of painting in the place where Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and many others found inspiration? If so, join Jill Steenhuis, an American who has spent four decades studying the same landscapes as these masters, for a painting week in Provence. Provence …

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Painting Workshops Provence Tessa Baker
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Get Creative in Provence Painting Holidays

It’s incredible how the energy in someone’s words radiates positivity. Reading Tessa Baker’s newsletter about her 2022 painting holidays in Provence, Antigua and the Cinque Terre, I felt like life is finally returning to “normal.”  We connected via Zoom to talk about her new creative projects, including an online course …

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Artists' Studio at Moulin de Greoux
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Artist Residency in Provence Creativity in an Olive Mill

Provence Invites Creativity Driving through towards Moulin de Gréoux, a soft evening light brushed the limestone spires of the Alpilles. At the same time, the olive groves and vineyards near Les Baux de Provence and Maussane created a multi-hued quilt of green vegetation. I did wonder how one might capture …

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Château Barbebelle Wine and Art
Artists Inspired by ProvenceInspireProvence WineZine

A Visit to Château Barbebelle Wine Art and Charity

Provence is abuzz this time of year with fabulous offerings of art, music, opera, film, wine tastings, and the usual fêtes that move from village to village. We travelled from New England to Provence last month specifically for this show by French painter Gérard Isirdi at Château Barbebelle in Rognes, …

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Marius Arles Artisan Creators
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Marius Where to Shop in Arles for Artisan Creators

Like a multi-layered quilt, the city of Arles is coated with 2000+ years of history. Sitting on the western bank of the Rhône, Arles is considered the gateway to the Camargue. The city strikes a balance between old and new. Visit the time-worn Roman monuments or the gleaming Luma Arles …

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Art Marcel Kroënlein Arboretum
ExploreKeith Van SickleRoad Trips South of France

Art in the Trees at the Marcel Kroënlein Arboretum

Tucked into the mountains north of Nice, next to Roure’s charming village, sits an arboretum unique in the world. It mixes exotic trees, rare flowers, and “no-made” art in a mountain park overlooking the wild Tinel Valley—a perfect day trip for nature lovers and art enthusiasts alike. The Marcel Kroënlein …

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Painting Workshops Provence Tessa Baker
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Painting Holidays in Provence with Tessa Baker

Painting in Provence Sometimes when you meet someone, it feels like you have known them forever, which was the case with Tessa Baker. Warm and welcoming, Tessa is a talented artist who runs small-group painting holidays and workshops in Provence, Italy and beyond. She had invited me to join her …

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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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Views from la Bastide de Gordes Gordes Hotels
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10 Places in Provence Art Students Should Definitely Visit

Provence in France is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here, you can come across ancient Roman ruins, picturesque villages, and lavender fields. In this southern region, you can see the magnificent and colourful landscapes along the Mediterranean coast. The beauty of Provence inspired many famous artists. …

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