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

  • How to Make “Pain de Campagne” – French Country Bread

    How to Make “Pain de Campagne” – French Country Bread

    Greetings dear readers and friends. We’re all full of hope and happiness here in France. Things are really looking up for the coming summer months, and, along with the sunny days ahead, it’s wonderful to think of possible vacation days on the horizon. Today I’m also happy to be able to present another guest post […]

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  • Spring feels wonderful in the South of France

    Spring feels wonderful in the South of France

    Roses along the canal in Ollioules village. Greetings dear readers and friends. I hope this post finds you doing well in your respective corners of the world, and boy oh boy, if we’re not thrilled to be getting out of lockdown here in la belle France. It’s been a long haul over these last 14 […]

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  • A French Brioche Recipe with a Twist

    A French Brioche Recipe with a Twist

    Greetings dear readers and friends. With the nice spring weather and a chance to get out to the local outdoor markets, we’ve been cooking up a storm in the south of France. Some comforting favorites, like quiche Lorraine and zucchini (courgette) gratin, and other dishes that we only see for a couple weeks in the […]

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  • A Table in Paris… Book Giveaway

    A Table in Paris… Book Giveaway

    Greetings dear readers and friends. We’re enjoying a pretty typical spring here in the south of France – sunshine, showers, sunshine again, and then more rain… which means that our garden will soon be in full bloom and the whole region of Provence will be alive with wildflowers and greenery. Springtime is pretty spectacular in […]

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  • How to Make the Perfect Tarte Tropézienne

    How to Make the Perfect Tarte Tropézienne

    Greetings dear readers and friends. I hope you’re doing well in your respective corners of the world. We’re keeping out spirits up and looking forward to the sunny summer months to come. I also hope you’ll get some inspiration from today’s guest post, brought to us by the lovely Agnes of French with Agnes – […]

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  • A Beautiful Day in Sanary-sur-Mer

    A Beautiful Day in Sanary-sur-Mer

    Greetings dear readers and friends. I hope you are all safe and well in your respective corners of the world. We’re doing fine, just hoping that things change for the better in the months to come. After a few frosty weeks in the south of France, the sun is starting to shine and life feels […]

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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