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

  • Passion for Provence… Book Review & Giveaway

    Passion for Provence… Book Review & Giveaway

    Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, I think we all had hoped for a better start to 2021, but we’re staying positive in our corner of the world and looking to a better future ahead. One that includes loads of new adventures and many afternoon apéros spent with family and friends. And I’m thrilled to […]

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  • My Favorite French Christmas Traditions

    My Favorite French Christmas Traditions

    Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, what a doozy of a year this has been! We’ve had our own share of trials and tribulations on our side of the world (which is putting it quite mildly) but I’ve never felt so proud of my family and just thankful to be able to see another year […]

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  • My French Platter… Book Review & Giveaway

    My French Platter… Book Review & Giveaway

    Greetings dear readers and friends. I hope you’re all safe and well in your corner of the world. Well, it’s an exciting day on the blog. What could be better than an escape to France at the moment? Even a virtual one… I had the pleasure of reading the delightful travel memoir / ultimate escape […]

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  • Snapshots from the Dordogne

    Snapshots from the Dordogne

    Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, thank you for hanging in there with me. Needless to say, 2020 has thrown us a lot of curve balls, and I haven’t been able to write as much as I’d like to this year.

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  • Forest walks and mirabelle tarts in the Lorraine, France

    Forest walks and mirabelle tarts in the Lorraine, France

    Greeting dear readers and friends. I hope you are all safe and well in your corner of the world. It’s certainly been tough to find a moment to write during the ups and downs of summer. We still count ourselves among the lucky ones who have been able to travel around France a bit in […]

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  • Introducing… Esterelle: Curators of beautiful Provençal fabrics

    Introducing… Esterelle: Curators of beautiful Provençal fabrics

    Greetings dear readers and friends. Well, things are really looking up in our corner of the world… hope your days and weeks have been full of many bright spots. Today, I’d like to send you (virtually) some of the south of France sunshine we’ve been blessed with these past few weeks.

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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