Virginia Johnson's Travels French Riviera
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Virginia Johnson’s Travels Through the French Riviera

French Riviera an Artistic Book Whether you have been to the French Riviera countless times or have always dreamed of the place, Virginia Johnson’s “Travels Through the French Riviera” is an insider’s guide from an artist’s perspective. Johnson is a Canadian designer and illustrator, and her book is a compilation …

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First Noël Patricia Sands
Books on ProvenceKeith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & Culture

Christmas in Provence New Book by Author Patricia Sands

Book Review: The First Noël Kat, Philippe and the gang from the  three-book series are back, in a delightful new novella from Patricia Sands, The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes. Kat and Philippe are looking forward to their first Christmas together at the villa, and what should be a …

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France Book Berets Baguettes
Books on ProvenceLifestyle: Art & CultureMargo Lestz

New France Book: Berets, Baguettes, and Beyond

By Margo Lestz: I’m happy to announce that my new book, Berets, Baguettes, and Beyond: Curious Histories of France is out now. Just in time for the holidays! If there’s someone on your gift list who loves France, maybe this book would fill the bill. is a collection of stories from my blog …

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Love Stories Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Book Club Finds! Love Stories Inspired by Provence

Provence Love Stories A budding romance, a Provencal setting and voila – a love story. The following list of books only begins to scratch the surface of the popular women’s fiction genre. However, these are authors we recommend as they write beautifully, inviting you into the lifestyle in the South …

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Books Guide Provence Guidebooks
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Allow Books to Guide Your Travels Through Provence

Travel Guides for Provence Remember when we carried around hefty paperbacks to guide our travels? In the 1980s, long before smartphones, tourists faithfully checked these guidebooks for reviews on hotels, restaurants and the must-see sights. Backpackers conscious of space and weight often discarded the pages for a city or region …

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Provencal Cuisine Top Books Food Lovers Cookbooks
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Explore Provencal Cuisine Top Books for Food Lovers

Joy of Cooking in Provence True confession, I am a committed foodie (although the grammar checker that doesn’t seem to like the word). Maybe that admission will get me off the hook for not being able to objectively delete thousands of photos of markets. Over the years we have taken …

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Provence Inspired Memoirs
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Provence Inspired Memoirs Books to Add to Your Reading List

For many, Peter Mayle’s best-selling novel “A Year in Provence“ was their introduction to the Provencal countryside. Images of the Côte d’Azur have long covered the pages of travel magazines, but it was Mayle’s descriptions of bumbling through a home renovation in the arrière-pays (translation: backcountry or hinterland) that shifted our view …

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Provence Books Kids Fun Reads
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Provence Books for Kids Where Magic Starts in France

Provence Reads for Children The pages of these books are geared towards sparking your imagination and desire to travel to Provence. Whether you are a kid the authors have crafted stories with enough interest for adult readers too. NOTE: Click on the book images to order your copy. Coco Blignaut  Although …

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Death in Provence Serena Kent
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Death in Provence by Serena Kent a Book Review

Writing a book is hard enough, but writing one with your spouse, well apparently that is a recipe for success. “Death in Provence” is Serena Kent’s first novel. The nom-de-plume is perfect for a couple who split time between the Luberon in Provence and Kent in the United Kingdom. After …

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Summer Reading Hemingway Woman Reading on the Beach
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMary Kay Seales

Summer Reading List: A Short Course on Hemingway

Hemingway aficionados should put these books together on your summer reading list for an inside look at the man behind the words & Paris in the 1920s I’ve started to make my university students read a few Hemingway short stories each quarter as a means of teaching them how to …

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