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A Guide to Visiting the Lavender Fields in Provence

All You Need to know about why lavender is so special beyond the insta photo– as well as when, where and how experience it while visiting Provence. For travelers seeking an immersive experience with nature’s poetry, there’s no better way to indulge the senses than by exploring Provence’s mesmerizing landscape where lavender reigns supreme. From […]

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Festival D’Avignon: Among the best Performing Arts Festivals in the World

Avignon, France, is renowned for its vibrant music and arts scene, particularly during the summer months when the city comes alive with a series of festivals. In 2024, Avignon will host several notable music festivals, each offering a distinct and unique experience.  The biggest and most notable by far is the Festival D’Avignon, now one […]

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Provence in Bloom:A Guide to the Best Times to Visit

Exploring the Seasonal Blooms and Harvests of Provence Provence, a picturesque region in the south of France, is renowned for its landscapes, vibrant colors, and aromatic scents that vary beautifully with the seasons. The beautiful flowers of Provence have also inspired many artists, perhaps most famously Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings of bright yellow sunflowers and […]

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Temperatures in Provence: When to Go and What to Pack

Provence has become quite the popular tourist destination, now drawing visitors nearly year-round. But what is the temperature in this enchanting region, when is the best time to visit, and what should you bring along for the journey? Let’s embark on a journey through the seasons to find out. Spring’s Awakening: A Gentle Beginning This […]

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Traveling to Aix-En-Provence: The Ultimate Guide

Rich in historic and architectural heritage, this city of “art and water” in the heart of Provence is not to be missed. We have yet to meet someone who doesn’t fall in love with Aix for its tree-lined boulevards, museums, ancient fountains, cafés and winding, narrow cobblestone streets. Protected by the Montagne Ste Victoire which […]

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Lourmarin – A Favorite of Provence’s Picturesque Villages

Why is it so special and what to see and do while visiting? Lourmarin has long been one of Provence’s favorite villages. A simple stroll around its cobblestone streets in almost any season, and you’ll understand why.  Nature lovers, foodies, and history buffs alike, will fall in love with this Southern Luberon gem.  It seems […]

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Jumping the Picket Fence Light Through the Cracks

Only Provence co-founder Lydia Dean writes about their experiences raising a family, building a business in Provence, and later combining the love of travel with giving back in "Jumping the Picket Fence”. In 2021, she published “Light Through the Cracks,” a continuation of her journey, much of which has been based in Provence. Both books are available Amazon, Amazon.uk, and Amazon.Fr.