Travel Posts

Jane’s Belle Provence … {Guest Post}

Greetings dear readers and friends. We have a lovely guest post today from author Jane Dunning. Jane has written several guest posts for the blog and I welcome her insights and colorful stories about Provence. In addition, she’s written two books which are set in “our” beautiful south of France and which you can find […]

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My Provence

My Provence… Aixploring Provence with Erin Jordan

Greetings dear readers and friends. I’m very excited to bring you the latest addition to the My Provence interview series – a “conversation” with Erin Jordan of Aixploring Provence tours. Erin and her family have lived in Provence for nearly 8 years and her journey is one of those “oh wow” expat stories you come across […]

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Life in France

Feeling French in the New Year

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all a happy & healthy 2018. We had a calm and relaxing Christmas in the north of France with my in-laws. Of course I ate way too much, and had a few too many glasses of wine, but isn’t that what the […]

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Le Blog

Christmas Traditions in Provence

If you spend enough time in Provence you’ll begin to see how invested people are in continuing the local traditions. This is perhaps most evident at village festivals where celebrants dress in period costume, bring out their finest musical instruments, and hold processions in the center of town – venerating everything from saints to local […]

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Life in France

Living in France, some of my challenges

Greetings dear readers and friends! Well, life is ticking along here in France, and the holiday season is right around the corner (shops are already decked-out with holiday decorations galore), and I’ve been thinking a lot about life here in Provence. So much has changed in my life since I moved to France some 7 […]

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Life in France

Moving to a Provençal Village

Greetings dear readers and friends. So… we’ve moved! After living for 7 years in the portside city of Toulon, we recently moved just outside the village of Ollioules – a ten-minute drive from our former home and near the towns of Sanary-sur-Mer, Six-Fours-les-Plages, and Le Beausset village. We’d been thinking of moving from Toulon for […]

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Le Blog

The Olive Festival in Ollioules… in photos

Greetings dear readers and friends! Well, we are enjoying lovely, sunny weather after an unseasonably cold start to fall. The leaves are starting to change colors (so pretty!) but it’s still a great time to be outdoors – as witnessed by all the hikers, bikers, and beach fans roaming around town. And what a nice […]

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Life in France

18 Absolutely Fabulous Things about Living in France

Greetings dear readers and friends! Well, as an expat, I think we all go through highs and lows when we live abroad. I can go for months desperately craving all the American things I miss back home (mainly tacos, shopping at Target, and anything with pumpkin-spice) and I’d just die to go to a French […]

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Le Blog

The Fig Festival in Solliès-Pont

Hello from a sunny South of France! Like every year, summer in Provence is a very busy period and it’s hard to even keep track of all the festivals and events that take place. We try to take advantage of local events happening in our town (Toulon), but there are some “must-do” favorites that really […]

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Travel Posts

Summer in Provence… in photos

Greetings from a very hot south of France.  We’ve had some lovely beach mornings – setting up camp at about 9am before it gets too crowded, and enjoying a few dips in the Mediterranean before a long lunch and a very-welcome afternoon sieste (nap). Today I’d like to share a bit of what a summer […]

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Food & Restaurants

How to order in a French restaurant

Greeting dear readers and friends! Here we are… vacation time! The beaches are filling up, and honestly, it’s difficult to get any work done around here. I’m not officially “on holiday” yet, but seeing all the tourists coming and going, spending our weekends by the sea, and having a few “extended” apéro hours in the […]

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Food & Restaurants

Making the Perfect Fraisier…with Guest in the City

Greetings dear readers and friends! Well, summer is just around the corner and I couldn’t be happier. Now starts the long beach days, longer lunches (capped off with a few glasses of rosé of course), and a general “slowing down” of life in the south – the time of year when Provence really shines. And […]

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