Picasso Walk @Aixcentric
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En Balade: Picasso Special Section

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The new ‘En Balade’ published by La Provence is a must for those who love the south of France. In tracing Picasso’s favourite places, it has sections on Arles, Sorgues, Aix, Les Baux, St Tropez, Mougins, Antibes and so on. Each section has a good …

Pont d'Avignon C.Demontis Avignon Guided Tours
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Historical Walking and Biking Tours of Avignon

In 2003, Clément Demontis first arrived in Avignon; to attend l’Université d’Avignon. Clément followed his undergraduate studies (history and geography) with a Master’s degree in history, so he is well qualified to share the city’s historical facts. Avignon Authentic Stories, Clément’s tour company, launched in 2014 (first tours in 2015). …

Aix Mansions Sale Update @Aixcentric

Aix Mansions Sale Update

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Last autumn, it was announced that two mansions in centre ville were for sale. The town authorities wished to divest themselves of buildings which weren’t functional and cost too much to maintain. Now there is some progress to report on one. The Hotel de Valbelle, currently …

Cotignac Plane Trees @MirabeauWine
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Under the Platanes – French Plane Trees

Contributor blog post by Célia Gentaud @MirabeauWine: There’s nothing more magical on a hot summer’s day than enjoying a glass of chilled, dry rosé in the shade of a towering Plane tree in the square. The hub of most French villages, especially in Provence, Plane trees are symbolic of socialising and …

Merindol Provence History Luberon @PerfProvence
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Massacre in Merindol Provence’s Dark History

Blinded by the hues of lavender shutters. Gently numbed by a glass or two of chilled local rosé. It would be easy to overlook the hamlet of Mérindol during a visit to Provence. The Luberon region is brimming with villages laying claim to le plus beau village de France (the …

Street to center of old Uzès #Uzes @OurHouseinProvence
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Return to Uzès, the first Duché of France

Contributor blog post by Michel: There are towns and villages we happily visit time and again which is good because our friends are getting to know the Vaucluse and surrounding area almost as well as we do. So it was an easy decision last fall to drive to Uzès; we love …

Birthdays and Saint Holidays @AccessRiviera
InspireProvencal History & TraditionsRebecca Whitlocke

Birthdays and the Calendar of Saints

Contributor Blog Post by Access Riviera: Becks recently celebrated her birthday – Happy belated to @AccessRiviera! She also shares some great information on the Calendar of Saints… Today is my birthday (Becks, not Access Riviera’s), hooray to me! Today I share my birthday – 27 January – with Saint Angèle……..WHO …

pomme d'amour Candy apple Provence
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How is Valentine’s Day celebrated in France?

How is Valentine’s Day celebrated in France? As it turns out, the day is actually is quite linked to French historical customs.  As far back as the middle ages, the belief was that birds started mating in the middle of February. Evidence from the 14th century, stressed a romantic theme …

Provencal Mysteries Provence Mysterious Andrew Squires
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Photo History Book: Provencal Mysteries Unveiled

Provence is not all about lavender and rosé. Learn about Provence’s mysterious side in a three-part iBook series by photographer Andrew Squires in this post. Provencal postcards are dominated by fields of purple-lavender rows, stoic sunflowers against cobalt-sky backdrops, gnarled grapevines burdened with ripening fruit and endless groves of olive …

Jean Moulin in Provence History of the Resistance @PerfProvence
Provencal History & Traditions

Jean Moulin, Brave or Reckless?

It is difficult to avoid the “Route Jean Moulin” signs on the roadways in Provence, France. We had to find out who Jean Moulin was. We learned about his involvement in the French Resistance, his political days and his challenging work to combine resistance groups during the 1940’s. Learn more at Ginger …