Merindol Massacre Luberon Provence History
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Understanding The Merindol Massacre and Provence’s Dark Religious History 

Plenty of villages in the Luberon Valley lay claim to les plus beaux villages de France (the most beautiful villages in France), and many of those proudly display Villages Fleuris (flowering villages) emblems on local street signs. Enchanted by weather-worn scenes of charming hilltop hamlets and gently numbed by a glass of …

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Legends of Provence Romée de Villeneuve
Keith Van Sickle

The Legends of Provence: Monk Romée de Villeneuve a Fable

The following is my interpretation from the book “Legendes de Provence” by Eugene Bressy. This book is a series of short stories about the legends of Provence. I let you decide whether you choose to believe this fable or not. “There is no rampart against gossip.”—Molière Falling for Gossip One bright day …

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Legends of Provence Book Cover Provence Legends Tarasque Monster Tarascon
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

The Legends of Provence: The Tarasque Monster of Tarascon

During our last visit to Provence, I picked up a book called the “Legendes de Provence” by Eugene Bressy. This book is comprised of a series of short stories about the legends of Provence. In this series of posts, I will dive into some of these stories and let you decide …

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Musée d’ Histoire de Marseille
AixcentricExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Step Back to The Beginning of Time Back at Musée d’ Histoire de Marseille

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Marseille is the oldest town in France, so when you walk along by the Vieux Port, you are following in the footsteps of Greek fishermen, shopkeepers, sailors and traders who established their colony in 600 BC.  They, and the Romans who arrived later have left traces that emerge so …

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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Airing Your Dirty Laundry, the Lavoirs of Provence the Place for Washing and Gossip

Kneeling on a garde genoux (wooden knee protector) by the edge of the public wash basin, local peasant-class women exchanged tidbits of town gossip as they worked tirelessly to brighten their laundry. Their weathered hands vigorously scrubbed away at stubborn stains as water sloshed against the shallow stone sides of the village lavoir in …

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Provence History Tale Sardine
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & Culture

Provencal History Tale of The Sardine that Blocked the Port of Marseille

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Do you know about the sardine that blocked the port of Marseille? As I was perusing local postcards at a local flea market in Provence, I came across a curious image. The postcard depicts an enormous sardine blocking the port of Marseille. The seller, taking …

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Calisson d'Aix
Taste: Food & Drink

Calisson d’Aix the Sweet Almond Candy Made in Provence

Candy might not be the reason you decide to visit Aix-en-Provence, but don’t leave town without sampling the famous Calisson d’Aix. These sweets, made with ground, local almonds (sweet and bitter) and a fruit paste blend of melon confit (preserved in sugar) and orange peel, were officially recognised as part …

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Discover Orgon Village Alpilles views
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Discover Historic Orgon the Charming Village Beyond the N7

Orgon is a Provencal town with a reputation problem. To appreciate the town’s history and its dramatic natural backdrop, on the edge of the Alpilles, you need to veer off the Route Nationale 7 (N7) and stroll through the old streets to discover the charms of Orgon. Steady vehicle traffic …

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Transhumance Provence
Explore: Travel in ProvencePhoebe ThomasWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Transhumance in Provence and a Hill-Top Village

Contributor blog post by Phoebe Thomas: Every year in early autumn in the Alps animals that have spent the summer grazing in high pastures are brought down to the valleys for the winter.  This movement of livestock is called transhumance and in many villages it’s the perfect opportunity to get together and celebrate; a …

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Witches Provence Halloween Cemetery @Girlgonegallic
Explore: Travel in ProvenceGirl Gone GallicProvencal History & Traditions

Be Forewarned the Halloween: There Be Witches in Provence

Contributor blog post by Girl Gone Gallic: Have you ever heard of the Aix-en-Provence Witch Trials? Beginning in the early 1600’s, cases of nuns and priests under demonic possession ended in burning’s at the stake.  The priest was “kindly” granted the mercy of strangulation before being burned to ashes.  The …

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