Tribute Antibes HMS Unbroken
ExploreJemma - French LessonsProvencal History & Traditions

WWII Antibes’ 75th Tribute for HMS Unbroken

It is a time of anniversaries. World War I’s centennial commemorations have dotted the globe. Canada celebrated its 150th. Even Lolo’s summer camp in the woods of Ontario proudly handed out t-shirts with “100” on them. World War II anniversaries cannot yet claim three digits. Partly because of the war’s …

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Roman Barge Arles Museum Antiquity
InspireKeith Van SickleProvencal History & Traditions

Discovering the Roman Barge and Other Treasures of Arles

The Roman History of Arles What’s 2,000 years old, 100 feet long and used to float? If you guessed a Roman barge, you win! And you can see one now in the Arles Museum of Antiquity. Arles was once an important Roman town, a trading centre with a significant port. …

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French Royals Uzes Musical Summer Event
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French Royals in Uzes: Up Close and Personal

Contributor blog post by Barefoot Blogger: There’s not much that I love more than hobnobbing with French royals. Even if it’s from a distance. Each year Uzes hosts a musical event during the summer that brings in famed artists from around the world.This year, the festival brought in French royalty …

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Aix-en-Provence la Rotonde Fountain
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Visit to Aix-en-Provence, City of a Thousand Fountains

Contributor blog post by Michel: As I have written previously, one of our favorite towns is Aix-en-Provence. The capital of Provence in the middle ages, it is located about one hour and 15 minutes from our home in Sablet.Cousin Annick lives in a nearby village. One morning a few months …

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Gallic Rooster France
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Discover the Curious History of the Gallic Rooster of France

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Many nations are represented by the symbol of an animal. Normally, they choose one whose characteristics reflect those of the country: The United Kingdom chose the brave lion and the United States claims the majestic bald eagle. What animal do you think represents France? … The barnyard rooster. …Continue reading …

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Cassis Port Views
ExploreOur House in Provence

A Day in Cassis with Friends and Lunch at Chez Gilbert Restaurant

Cassis is a picturesque town a little over 1 and 1/2 hours from Sablet, tucked into a curve along the Mediterranean Sea between the calanques (little coastal fjords with tall cliffs), about 20 km east of Marseille. It’s a fishing port on a steep hillside with vineyards and pastel-coloured houses …

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Learn French ABCs
Ashley TinkerExploreProvencal History & Traditions

How to Learn your French ABCs in 1896

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: I came across this document in a pile of papers in a French flea market. It’s dated 1896. I find details like this really indicative of their time and culture. For example, the imagery of a military hat, canon, soldiers, rifle, and sword are most …

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Historical Marseille Photos Vieux Port
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Discover Historical Marseille – What Lies Beneath Ground?

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The tourists sitting in the sun outside cafés in the Place aux Huiles and the Cours Estienne d’Orves probably don’t realise that they are perched above an ancient system of canals that dates back at least to Roman times. I am indebted to the website …

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In the Footsteps of the Resistance in Provence
InspireJulie WhitmarshProvencal History & Traditions

In the Footsteps of the Resistance in Provence

In the centre of the pretty village of Saint Saturnin les Apt is a peaceful square (home to the vibrant Tuesday morning market), and to one side is a small garden area that sits in front of a dramatic stone wall, which is a memorial to the dramatic and devastating …

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French Foreign Legion Historical Image
InspireModern TrobadorsProvencal History & Traditions

The French Foreign Legion from Hollywood to Aubagne to Paris

It’s Academy Award season, and as it was with me a year ago when I wrote of Marcel Pagnol, I am drawn back to Provence, in fact to his hometown of Aubagne. On this occasion it began last fall when I was discussing with my wife Benedicte, who is French, …

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