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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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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Book Provençal Christmas Story Susan Kiernan Lewis book cover
Books on ProvenceInspire: Art & CultureMary Jane Deeb

Book Review: A Provençal Christmas Story

Accomplished Author In 2011, Susan Kiernan-Lewis published a book entitled “How to Succeed as an Indie Author,” which, for some reason, is no longer available on the market. She then followed her advice and today has become one of the most prolific Indie authors in the US. The numbers speak …

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Books Recommended Holiday Reading List Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & Culture

Recommended Holiday Reading List from Provence

After all the December festivities, the holidays are a great time to disconnect from your e-devices and read. Whether you are searching for a gift or looking for a good book for yourself, these are some of our picks Holiday Reading List from Provence. Holidays Reads from Provence Discover the …

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Book Riviera Set Lovell Mary
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & Culture

Book Review: The Riviera Set by Mary Lovell

A House with Personality The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society is the latest book by author Mary S. Lovell, a biography about the rich, or famous, who spent time on the French Riviera from the 1920s to 1960. Many of these people gathered at …

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Books on ProvenceInspire: Art & CultureMarti Schmidt

Mistral: The Legendary Wind of Provence by Rachel Cobb

What is the Mistral Wind? Most of us who have lived or even visited Provence have experienced the mistral, that riotous and mysterious wind that blows down the Rhône Valley, usually without warning. Think back to the opening scene of the movie “Chocolat,” watching the wind move the mother and …

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Pagnol Garlaban GNU Guillaume de clermont 60 Writer Marcel Pagnol Provence
Books on ProvenceInspire: Art & CultureKeith Van Sickle

Explore Works by Writer Marcel Pagnol in Provence

“I was born in the town of Aubagne, under the Garlaban crowned with goats, in the days of the last goatherds.” ~ Marcel Pagnol Writer Marcel Pagnol So begins the memoir of Marcel Pagnol, the master storyteller of Provence. If you ask someone which author comes to mind when they …

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Armchair Travel Provence Orgon Village Alpilles
Books on ProvenceDeborah LawrensonInspire: Art & Culture

Provencal Armchair Travel: Mary Stewart’s Madam, Will You Talk?

I love Mary Stewart’s romantic suspense novels: their sense of adventure and intriguing storylines, their strong-willed heroines, and most of all, their transporting settings. Her first, published in 1955, was Madam, Will You Talk?. Book Review The narrative takes place around 1950, in a hot, dusty Provence where Roman ruins …

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