Christmas Traditions in Provence

Provençal Christmas traditions are rooted in both charming local customs and historical religious rituals. During this festive season, called Calendale, villages throughout Provence host Christmas Markets, Santons Fairs, Lighting Festivals and Tours of Nativity Scenes leading up to Le Gros Souper on Christmas Eve and Les Treize desserts following Midnight Mass. Rent a luxury villa […]

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An Ideal Day in the Luberon

An Ideal Day in the Luberon France In May of 2014 I was fortunate enough to stay at Le Mas de Gancel outside the small town of Vernègues in the South of France. While staying at this lovely villa, I was able to explore villages in the Luberon and the Alpilles, as well as spend […]

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Highlights of Luberon

Highlights of the Luberon France   Exploring the hilltop villages of the Luberon mountain region is a must for travelers to the South of France. Much of the Luberon is a national park and the quaint, beautiful villages that occupy the area are extraordinarily picturesque, with sweeping, panoramic views of inland Provence. From various points […]

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Planning Your Gordes Vacation

While on vacation in the south of France, be sure to visit Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in Provence. Built on a hilltop, Gordes offers breathtaking panoramic views of the French countryside. Sunset is particularly wonderful time to go, perhaps to enjoy an aperitif in the Luberon. […]

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Provencal Tomato Recipe

There are about as many ways to prepare this dish as there are varieties of tomatoes–we have seen them prepared a million ways so feel free to be creative but don’t mess with the core ingredients :  wonderfully sun-ripened tomatoes, garlic, basil, bread crumbs, provencal herbs (fresh or dried) and salt. […]

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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.