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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Pilgrimage Sacred Sites France Largest Black Madonna in the World Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Author’s Pilgrimage Discovering Sacred Sites in France

Based in the United States, author Raylene Abbott’s work surrounds spiritual training with mentors from Native American and other sacred backgrounds. Her studies of the Black Madonna began in 1992 and eventually led to a lengthy stay in France where she traced religious pilgrimage routes. In 2014, she discovered her …

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French Cooking for Beginners
Books on ProvenceFrançois de MélogueInspire: Art & Culture

How to Write a French Cookbook

A Writer’s Dream I will never forget the morning I received an email from an established cookbook publisher and immediately deleted it, convinced it was a scam. They wrote asking me to write a beginner French cookbook for sale and promotion nationwide. I quickly scanned the email, deleted it, and …

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My Grandmother's Chocolate cake Recipe
Cakes & CookiesCarolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Remembering My Grandmother’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

A Book with Provencal Recipes: Small-town florist Natasha is determined to leave the past far behind her. But when she learns her ex-husband never told his family about their divorce – and that he needs her to accompany him on a trip to the French countryside – could love bloom …

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Books Recommended Holiday Reading List Provence
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8 Must-Read Books About Provence

Travel and Literature: two passions that usually go hand in hand! After all, surprising stories are what we look for in books and the most diverse scenarios in the world. One of the most inspiring places in this context is Provence. Lavender fields, mountain inland villages, historic cities, nature parks, …

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Forget me Not Summer crop Provence Sophie Claire Novels
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Provence is the Perfect Setting for Sophie Claire Novels

I’m often asked why I set my stories in this part of France and there are many reasons. Here I’ve picked out just a few for you: A Sensual Place Well firstly, it’s a stunning part of the world, as anyone who’s visited will know. The colours are intense, the …

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Bring France Life Virtually Murder In Series
Inspire: Art & CultureKeith Van Sickle

How to Bring French Culture into Your Life Virtually

Oh, to be in France in the spring! My wife and I live part-time in St-Rémy-de-Provence but had to cancel our travel plans this year. Now we are sheltering-in-place and yearning for sunny days in the South of France. But all is not lost! We are still connected to la …

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Provence Virtual Connections Covid-19
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in Provence

Dreams of Provence Virtual Connections during Covid-19

Barely three months ago, many of us had never heard of Coronavirus or Covid-19. Now, we are glued to our newsfeeds and stunned by the rapidly changing environment. The health impact is real and terrifying, and the economic consequences are likely far-reaching. The terms self-isolation, shelter-in-place, lockdown, confinement have moved …

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Book Villa des Violettes Patricia Sands book cover
Books on ProvenceInspire: Art & CultureKeith Van Sickle

Book Review: Lavender, Loss & Love at the Villa des Violettes

New Book by Patricia Sands “Families come in all shapes and sizes.” This phrase, spoken by one the women in Patricia Sands’ new novella, is a good summary of what this lovely book is about. And what families they are!—united by love, friendship, and sometimes even biology. Sands shows us …

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Guides Discovering Secret Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & Culture

Guides to Discovering Secret Provence and the French Riviera

Local Author and Guide Jean-Pierre Cassely is a recognizable public figure in Provence and beyond. Cassely worked for France 3 television for a decade and currently has a daily France-Bleu Provence radio slot called Provence Insolite (Unusual Provence). More recently, Jean-Pierre Cassely collected curious landmarks in two guidebooks Secret Provence and …

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