Travel Posts

How to Have a Fabulous Summer in the South of France

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, one day you’re stocking multiple umbrellas in the trunk of your car, and the next the thermometer has climbed to 30°C (86°F)… so is the change from spring to summer in the south of France. It sneaks up on you and then bam, everyone and their brother-in-law is off […]

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Expat Life

For Love of the French Breakfast

Greetings dear readers and friends. I hope you’ve had a lovely week and have some nice, relaxing plans for the weekend. Today I’m sharing a bit on one of my favorite topics… French food. I mean, what’s not to love? And it’s funny how ingrained some of the French food traditions are and how quickly we […]

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Travel Posts

Beautiful beaches of the Var… les plages du Mourillon

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, I’m sending you a big « bonjour » from sunny Provence. We’ve had a few chilly days in France (it even snowed up north – in May!), but it looks like clear skies are headed our way. And the timing couldn’t be better. Summer’s in the air… This year I’ve vowed […]

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Expat Life

Expat Tales… Making Friends in France

  Greetings dear readers and friends. I hope everyone had a lovely Easter holiday. We stayed close to home and hosted my in-laws (les beaux-parents) and my sister-in-law (la belle-soeur) at our house for the weekend. Nothing like a bit of French home cooking to set you right… plus my belle-mere brought some artisanal chocolates from […]

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Photos

Spring at the Sanary-sur-Mer Market (in photos)

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, spring is here and it’s pretty amazing. The weather has been a bit up and down in temperature, and we got some much-needed rain this week, but otherwise it’s been nothing but sunny skies. It’s so nice to see our garden start blooming. I even planted a few sunflowers […]

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Food & Restaurants

How to Make the Perfect French Apéro

Greetings dear readers and friends. I hope winter is treating you right and it hasn’t been too cold in your neck of the woods. On our end, the south of France has been a series of highs and lows… unseasonably warm weather from the middle of January right through to the start of March, and […]

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What to See & Do in...

What to do in Provence… in the Winter

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, here we are…  in the middle of winter in Provence and, honestly, it’s been pretty fantastic so far. I can’t remember a year when we’ve had so much sunshine. Of course the south of France is known for its sunny climate, but really folks, winter here is not quite […]

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Le Blog

Are We French Yet? …Book review & Giveaway

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, it’s not every day that I get to review such a delightful book as Keith Van Sickle’s latest foray into the ups and downs of expat life in Provence: Are We French Yet? Keith and Val’s Adventures in Provence. And I say “latest” as this is indeed the second […]

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Le Blog, Life in France

My Favorite French Trends for 2019

Greetings dear readers and friends. First of all, I’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year – plein de belles choses – all kinds of lovely things for 2019 as they say in French. We had a very nice Christmas and New Year in the northeast of France (the Lorraine) – huddling together […]

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Le Blog

Christmas in Le Castellet

Greetings dear readers and friends. Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve been enjoying all of the holiday decorations in the local towns and villages. Today I wanted to share with you a lovely walk we had through the village of Le Castellet during a “bloggers’ weekend” organized by hotel Mas du Brulat. Along […]

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Le Blog

Christmas Events in Provence

Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, it’s certainly starting to look a lot like Christmas around here and I’d like to share with you today what’s happening around the region during the holiday season.  I’ve particularly got my sights on an overnight trip to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to visit their Christmas market and perhaps stay for the Festival […]

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Le Blog

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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