Tales from the south of France.

Bonjour, I’m a California native living in the south of France and sharing my love of this beautiful region. I’ve lived in Provence since 2010 with my husband, daughter, and intrepid cat Bella. A part-time blogger, I also write for International Living magazine. Bienvenue!


Latest Blog Posts

  • Weekend Getaway to Lou Calen – A Luxury Hotel in Cotignac

    Weekend Getaway to Lou Calen – A Luxury Hotel in Cotignac

    Greetings dear readers and friends. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a new post, but Provence is better than ever…. and we couldn’t be happier that the spring season is upon us. Besides being involved in some writing projects, I’ve spent the last few months enjoying time with my family and taking a […]

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  • An Insider’s Guide to Provence – Review & Giveaway

    An Insider’s Guide to Provence – Review & Giveaway

    Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, things have gone from chilly to downright snowy in the south of France. It would probably surprise a lot of folks to know that the inland areas of the region get a decent amount of snow most years. While it takes away a bit of the myth of south-of-France […]

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  • Take Paris Home for the Holidays

    Take Paris Home for the Holidays

    Greetings dear readers and friends. I hope this email finds you well, albeit with all of the turbulent events happening around the world. Thankfully, here in Provence, the Christmas decorations are up, the seasonal markets are open, and there is quite a festive air on every corner. It’s wonderful to have something to look forward […]

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  • Menton: A Hidden Seaside Treasure on the French Riviera

    Menton: A Hidden Seaside Treasure on the French Riviera

    Greetings dear readers and friends. I’m very happy to bring you another guest post from J. Christina of Scribbles and Smiles blog fame. You may recall her lovely last post, Gorbio: A Perched Medieval Village in the Alpes-Martimes, that was featured a few weeks back. Well, I love this post and I certainly love this […]

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  • My French Platter Replenished… Book Review & Giveaway

    My French Platter Replenished… Book Review & Giveaway

    Dear readers and friends. She’s back! If you remember, around exactly one year ago, we had the pleasure of meeting Annemarie Rawson and her husband, Steve – as well as a host of charming friends and neighbors – in her delightful book, My French Platter. In this fun and inspiring armchair-traveler’s tale, Annemarie recounts how […]

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  • Gorbio: A Perched Medieval Village in the Alpes-Maritimes

    Gorbio: A Perched Medieval Village in the Alpes-Maritimes

    Greetings dear readers and friends. Fall is off to a lovely start in the south of France. Apart from a few thundershowers, we’ve had days full of sunshine and clear skies. Today I’m very happy to bring you a guest post from writer J. Christina – the author and creator of Scribbles and Smiles. A […]

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Belle visits around the Var.

We live in the Var department and spend a lot of our free time exploring the inland areas and the sea coast. The Var’s most famous town is St. Tropez and the administrative capital is Toulon.

Lou Calen hotel in Cotignac.
Lou Calen hotel in Cotignac
Jardin Secret restaurant
Mas des Avelines
Mas du Brulat
Sanary-sur-Mer market