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Photos from the Ollioules Olive Festival

  Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, here we are…  another Olive Festival come and gone. As I mentioned in a post a few weeks back, this festival is one of the most anticipated events of the fall season and something we look forward to all year long.     And this year did not […]

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Travel Posts

Fall Festivals to Visit in Provence

Greetings dear readers and friends. We’re enjoying a lovely start to October here in the South of France. And one of our favorite events of fall is taking place this weekend, the Olive Festival in Ollioules.  One of the “classic” events of the season, people come from near and far to this small, picturesque village about […]

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Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum… Review & Giveaway

  Greeting dear readers and friends. I hope you’ve enjoyed these last few weeks of summer, and I’m delighted to be able to present to you a book review and giveaway on the blog today. I was very pleased to be asked to review Martin Bailey’s follow-up to Studio of the South: Van Gogh in […]

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Photos

Photos from the Solliès Fig Festival

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, things are slowly cooling down here in the South of France after a very hot summer. The summer attitude is still here, ie. folks still feel like they’re on vacation, but the temperatures have dropped considerably – which indeed makes going to the beach and enjoying these last few […]

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Travel Posts

A stylish new hotel in Le Castellet… Mas du Brulat

Greetings dear readers and friends. We had the pleasure of visiting the recently opened Mas du Brulat hotel in the village of Le Brulat – a stone’s throw away from the beautiful hilltop village of Le Castellet and part of its commune. The Mas du Brulat is the second accommodation offering of Olives and Vines, […]

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A Perfect Summer Read… Death in Provence

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, if you ever wanted a great summer read to get “lost in Provence” this is it. I’ve been following author Deborah Lawrenson’s blog and novels over the years and was delighted to learn that she’d written – in collaboration with her husband – a murder mystery under the nom de […]

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Life in France

Things that make me smile in the South of France

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, if there was any time of year to be grateful for living in south of France, it would have to be right about now. For most of the year, life proceeds in its normal routine:  work / school, making dinner, cleaning house, grocery shopping, etc etc…. But in the […]

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Food & Restaurants

Good Eats in Provence… La P’tite Cour

Greetings dear readers and friends. We had a special occasion to celebrate (wedding anniversary) so we headed to our new favorite restaurant in Sanary-sur-Mer:  La P’tite Cour. And, as it turns out, this restaurant isn’t just for special occasions as the two “set menu” options are both very affordable at €30 and €45 respectively. This […]

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What to See & Do in...

What to see and do in… Le Castellet

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, it’s finally here… the sunshine! We’ve had a downright odd spring for the south of France; with a string of thunderstorms, tropical-like weather (crazy humidity), and many overcast days. And let me assure you, Provençal folks weren’t having any of it and were in the grumpiest moods ever. A […]

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Markets of Provence

Market of the Month… Ollioules

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, it’s been a bit of a funny spring so far in the south of France. We’ve had a lot of rain, sun, and then rain again… even up to this past week when we were hit with surprise thunderstorms. But the good news to come out of all this […]

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