Author Elizabeth David Menerbes Sketch
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Discovering Author Elizabeth David French Country Cooking at Ménerbes

Of all the British women writers of the mid-20th century, perhaps it is cookery author Elizabeth David who brought most colour and sensuousness to the page – and to the table.  When she wrote about aubergines, courgettes, garlic and aromatic herbs, these were exotic rarities in the grey of Britain’s …

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Caroline Longstaffe Sunflower Field Novel
Books on ProvenceInspire

The Sunflower Field a Novel set in World War II Provence

Inspired by her expat experiences in the South of France, Caroline Longstaffe began writing her blog “Shutters and Sunflowers” in 2012. Her stories transport you from the United States to Provence, with the occasional dispatch from the United Kingdom. Longstaffe’s articles, provide readers with well-researched “Travel Tips from an English …

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Margo Lestz Author Curious Histories Provence
Books on ProvenceInspireMargo Lestz

Curious Histories of Provence, Tales from the South of France

My books are called Curious Histories and my blog is called the Curious Rambler. I like the word curious because of its double meaning: On the one hand, it means eager to know or learn something – which definitely applies to me: I’ve always been a curious person. But on …

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One Sip at a Time Book by Keith Van Sickle
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Book Review – One Sip at a Time Learning to Live in Provence

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Peter Mayle certainly started something back in 1989 when he published A Year in Provence. What a best-seller that turned out to be; and it launched a whole genre of ‘newcomer-to-Provence-buys-old-house/olive-grove’ books that document the inevitable cultural differences that we all bump up against. Is there anything more …

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Sunflower Field Book Château des Fouzes
Books on ProvenceCaroline LongstaffeInspire

The Sunflower Field – The Story of Who First Cracked The Enigma Code

‘The Sunflower Field,’ my debut novel, is written to honor the ‘few’, of which there were thousands, who during World War II, in words inspired by Winston Churchill, “gave so much, for so many.” In particular for three of those ‘few’, the Polish mathematicians, Jerzy Rozycki, Marian Rejewski and Henryk Zygalski, with …

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Pétanque the Story of Gaining Admission into a Circle of Trust in Provence

The following guest post is by Paul Shore the author of “Uncorked My Year in Provence.” Find out more about his book on pétanque and expat living here and visit his website here. Le Cercle in Saint-Paul de Vence International travellers and those who have relocated to live expat lives in …

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Beginner's Guide French Riviera by Mary Kay Seales
Books on ProvenceInspireMary Kay Seales

The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera: Stop Dreaming and Start Packing

Book Review: The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera from French Press Travel Books 2016 After 17 years of travelling to the French Riviera every summer, and one very interesting winter and spring, and after being the go-to person among my friends and colleagues for advice about travelling to Paris and …

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One Sip at a Time Book by Keith Van Sickle
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Learning to Speak French One Sip at a Time Book Review

Expat living is not for the faint of heart. Surrounded by a new environment, comfortable routines are gone, and even mundane daily tasks require extra consideration and effort. Where to grocery shop? What are the best schools? What about health care? Add a foreign language and different cultural norms to …

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Discover the Perfectly Provence Contributors

Perfectly Provence is the name of this website; it is also a community of over 40 contributors each of whom has a personal connection to the region. The list includes expats who have chosen to make the South of France their home: Phoebe Thomas who writes about travel with kids, …

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Paul Shore Author Uncorked
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Expat Living in Provence: Why not Try it

Paul Shore is a Canadian with a taste for adventure and a flair for writing. Some 20-years ago, he jumped at a work opportunity to live as an expat near the French Riviera. He chose to rent a place in the hill-top village of Saint Paul de Vence. The town …

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