Food & Restaurants

A Great Restaurant in Avignon… Numéro 75

We had one glorious day in Avignon during our extended weekend at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and instead of making it a mad-dash run to see all we could see, we opted for a morning trip to the Les Halles market and a long, leisurely lunch. The question was, as it often is in an unknown city, where […]

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The Olive Festival in Ollioules

Of the many villages with interesting names in the Var, I can’t help but giggle everytime I think of dear ‘ole Ollioules. Apart from having a name with way too many vowels, the village is one of the most “recherché” (sought after) places to live in the area… great access to the autoroute, about 10 […]

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A Great Restaurant in Aix… Le Poivre d’Ane

One thing that I love about France (among the many) is that there always seems to be a food festival happening just around the corner. And this week one of the biggest gourmet “festivals” of the year is taking place:  Tous au Restaurant. Much more than a typical festival, Tous au Restaurant is a chance […]

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Aïoli Party

Among the multitudes of food festivals happening during the summer months, Aïoli fêtes are among some of the most numerous and most popular. And you’re quite unlikely to find a more traditional, lively, and classic Provençal experience. Plus, as we discovered, they’re just good fun. Having never experienced one of these garlic-filled evenings, we combed one of our […]

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A Visit to the Puyricard Chocolate Factory

It’s difficult to talk about chocolate in the South of France without mentioning Puyricard. We first became acquainted with this artisan chocolatier at the annual chocolate festival in the village of Belgentier. Soon after, with Christmas season in full swing, I tried to fight the crowds at our Puyricard boutique in the center of our […]

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A South of France Picnic

Picnics are a great way to save money while traveling and also an easy way to enjoy “natural” Provence. There are so many possible picnic spots that it’s hard to choose just one, but it seems that most folks in the South prefer to spread their blankets near the sea. Often a drive along the […]

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An Excellent Restaurant in Bandol… L’Esperance

There’s not much that can be said about this stellar restaurant that could be any better than what we overhead our fellow diners exclaiming on Saturday afternoon:  Qu’est-ce que c’est beau! (it’s so pretty) Wouaou! (the French wow) & C’est trop bon! (it’s so good). If you’ve ever eaten in France, you know those are […]

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The Sweet Life in Aix-en-Provence

It’s that time of the year when I don’t know exactly how to feel   –  a bit sad about the end of the holidays, more than a little excited about the New Year, and altogether anxious for the start of another beautiful spring in France. And if you haven’t heard, or guessed already, things are […]

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