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October 9, 2019

Even though the fragile fruits and vegetables of summer are gone, the fall farmers' markets offerings tempt with their vibrant colors and hardy flavors. Squash are available in all shapes and sizes, a wide variety of apples fill baskets and barrels,  eggplant, cauliflo...

July 20, 2019

The Provencal diet is a Mediterranean one that relies heavily on local produce, seafood, cheese, olives and olive oil. In Provence, locals eat "de saison" focusing on what is in season and fresh at the market. A visitor to the area should certainly try some- if not all...

March 2, 2019

Unlike the larger, more populated villages of Bonnieux and Menerbes, just a short drive away, you won't find any shops or boutiques or fine dining restaurants in the tiny, sleepy town of Lacoste. What the town lacks in tourist amenities however, is made up by spec...

January 26, 2019

Beautiful and picturesque Gordes is the first hill town many travelers think of when they plan to visit the Luberon. A short drive away, several other small and less visited towns provide respite from the crowds and a delightful way to spend a day.

The pleasant per...

November 4, 2018

L'Aile ou la Cuisse, in the heart of Saint Rémy, is a fun, casual, bustling family owned bistro. It is an excellent choice for lunch or for dinner and reservations are strongly advised. The restaurant's name translates to "the wing or the thigh" and true to its name, "...

October 23, 2018

It is often said that it is hard to get a bad meal in Provence. Whereas it might be difficult to get a truly bad meal, it is not that hard to get a mediocre meal and really, who wants a mediocre meal? During my annual travels to the region, I continue to refine my list...

October 1, 2018

In this crazy age of takeout, eat-at-your-desk and “cuisine rapide”, it is a true pleasure to have a long, leisurely lunch in a good restaurant. The French, especially those in the provinces, still know how to do this well. Many restaurants, including the Michelin star...

August 31, 2018

In late May and early June, the Provence countryside is dotted with cherry trees ripe with the bright red fruit. On the way to Lourmarin, Bonnieux or Lacoste you'll find small farmers selling just-picked cherries by the side of the road. They are often sold out in a fe...

December 11, 2017

One thing that always warms my heart during the holidays in Provence is the culture’s commitment to quality and tradition. We always see pictures of the endless lavender fields and crystal azure skies, but I feel as though Christmas time is when the real Provence shine...

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