Almond Blossoms Provence January
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensInspire

A Year in Provence 4 Seasons of Flowers and Recipes

When we first arrived in Provence, it was early October. That year delivered a relatively mild start to the month, and I honestly wasn’t focused on the flowers that came later. Cycling under sunny skies in the Camargue, we passed by rice fields that were being harvested and visited the …

Route du Mimosa French Riviera
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreRoad Trips South of France

Route du Mimosa a Yellow Drive on the French Riviera

Riviera Road Trip Aix-en-Provence can be cold in the winter. To stay warm, we wore our puffy jackets, shopped for sweaters, and walked on the sunny side of the street. When canary-yellow bunches of mimosas appeared in the market, it was a sign that spring was close at hand. Flowering …

Judas Tree Blooms
ExploreJulie Whitmarsh

There’s a Sad Tale About the Judas Tree Blooms

Over the years we have visited Provence just about every month, but until we bought the house we hadn’t visited in April, which to be honest looking back on it now, was rather an oversight. In April, the countryside simply explodes with colour as the wildflowers start to bloom, bringing …

Grasse Dior Perfume flowers Domaine de Manon
ExploreMaison Mirabeau WinesVillages Towns and Cities

Provençal Flowers in Grasse for Dior Perfume

We joined a fabulous day out organized by the Cotignac Museum entitled, ‘Le Parfum de la Terre à la Bouteille’ – perfume from the earth to the bottle. About forty of us caught an 8am bus to Grasse and arrived a couple of hours later at the family-run flower estate, …

May 1st in Provence @CuriousProvence
Ashley TinkerInspireProvencal History & Traditions

May 1st in Provence: Arlésiennes et Gardians

Le Fête des Gardians is the annual festival in Arles celebrating the lifestyle and traditions of the gardians (basically the French version of cowboys that rear bulls for delicious daube provençal). There’s an enormous parade, blessings of the animals, a queen is elected and to top it all off …Continue …

Festival des Jardins
ExploreRebecca WhitlockeWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

About the Festival des Jardins de la Côte d’Azur

Contributor blog post by Access Riviera: The first Festival des Jardins de la Côte d’Azur is a new event for the region and will take place from today until 01 May 2017. Debut edition of the Festival des Jardins de la Côte d’Azur The theme is ‘L’éveil des sens’, translated …

Hotel de Ville Aix-en-Provence #AixenProvence @PerfectlyProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreProvencal History & Traditions

Hotel de Ville at the Heart of Old and New Aix en Provence

Aix’s Hotel de Ville The Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) and the busy square directly in front date from 1741 a time when Aix en Provence was the capital of Provence. The building was constructed for meetings between consuls and the Town Council. Today, the building remains the place where …