Belle Provence Travels

A South of France Blog

Deep in the heart of the Var, off autoroute A57 (way off), lies the colorful village of Collobrieres.  Known in the summer for its growing Fête Taurine (bull festival), Collobrieres real claim-to-fame is its annual Fête de le Chataigne (chestnut festival) – 29 years and counting. While we set out on Saturday to take advantage of one fall favorite, …

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Well, there’s not too much to say about the incredible-ness that was Sunday’s chocolate festival.  I think the photos speak volumes… and calories. There were a few surprises from last year though. Namely, Champagne-tasting.  As if you needed another reason to make the trip? Then again, only to make sure we hadn’t “overlooked” anything, we …

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Le Castellet is a medieval village perched high above autoroute A50, and about 45 minutes north of Aix-en-Provence.  We visit this beautiful town often, not only for it’s proximity to the vineyards of Bandol but also because it’s an undeniably “picture-perfect” Provençal village. Many a Frenchman (& woman) rave about this enchanting spot, and this usually sleepy …

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