Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, things are certainly looking very festive around here. I remember when I first moved to France, almost 10 years ago, I thought the Christmas decorations were a little subdued… that was comparing them to the US of course, which is as festive as festive gets.
Now, I feel as if France has all of the Christmas spirit and then some. It could be that they’ve up their deco game a notch or two… but it could also be that I feel fully integrated (yes, really!) and can finally sit back and appreciate it all. And how…
These are a few photos of our recent visit to Le Castellet village. As you can see, they have a simple and elegant way of decorating for the holidays that always moves me. They’re hosting their annual Christmas market next Saturday, on December 14th – the same day as the Christmas market in our town, Ollioules. It’s a wonderful time of the year.
Hope your holiday season is off to a great start and sending you warmest wishes from belle Provence!
Are We French Yet? Giveaway
Many of you may remember the book review and giveaway we did on the site way back in January of this year: Are We French Yet? Keith & Val’s Adventures in Provence. Well, needless to say, the book has received some great reviews… and for good reason. It’s such a fun and easy read and there’s no better way to instantly transport yourself to the South of France – and have a pretty hilarious time along the way.
Keith and Val live 3 months of the year in Provence (la chance, the luck!) and usually rent a different house on each stay (basing themselves around the lovely town of St. Rémy de Provence). This sequel to One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, is filled with lively anecdotes (you may just become best friends with your French doctor who has a passion for wine), bumps in the road (what does a French strike mean anyway?), and belly-laughs for days (French language faux-pas, the ins & outs of the “man scarf”, and the butcher who won’t let you leave the shop until you learn exactly all the right cuts of meat).
An audio version of Are We French Yet? has just been released, and Keith has very kindly offered 2 audio books to give away to Belle Provence Travels readers. A very big “merci” to Keith, and you can find all of the giveaway details below.
Giveaway Details ————————————————
In order to win an audio version of Are We French Yet? Keith and Val’s Adventures in Provence, please leave a comment below telling us about an adventure you had while traveling – in France or elsewhere!
Two readers will be chosen at random (using random.org) on Saturday, December 14th (12pm EST).
Thank you for your entries and wishing you a très bon week-end!