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Ways to Stand out as a Tourist in Provence

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker:

Ways to Stand out as a Tourist in Provence…

Other than the Obvious Language Issue

(disclaimer: these are gross generalisations made from our personal observations. If you’re feeling judged- don’t worry, I’ve been guilty of many of these)

In a Restaurant

  • You show up too early at restaurants. (For God sakes don’t show up before 7:30 at night- and for that matter, you also don’t show up after 1:30 to eat lunch)
  • You order only a ‘plat direct’ in a restaurant (only the main course)
  • You take your glass/coffee cup back to the bar when you pay (the French find this quite amusing and charming. I do it often- it’s not a bad thing!)…Continue reading here for Ashley’s full list of things that immediately brand you as a tourist in Provence whether you are in a restaurant or simply strolling the streets.

Via:: Curious Provence



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Ashley Tinker

Ashley was born and raised in Montréal, Canada. She has always been drawn to the history, way of life and beauty of Europe. Her feelings for Europe were reconfirmed while studying art in Florence, Italy. Ashley says that stone buildings, colourful shutters and terra cotta tile rooftops fill her dreams and now her days.

Ashley moved to Provence in 2014 with her partner Robin (he also shares her Francophile passions). They are in search of the French joie de vivre, which they find at every turn in the local markets and natural beauty of Provence. This couple are indulging in local olives and wine as the Provencal sunshine changes craggy rocks into things of beauty.

You can see all of Ashley's blog posts on Curious Provence.

Take a look at Ashley's beautiful fine art photography on her Photographer in Provence website.

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