Christmas Traditions in Provence

Christmas Traditions in Provence

Christmas in Provence is full of traditions both ancient and new, religious and secular, making it a fascinating and fun time to visit this part of France.  Provence is such a popular summertime destination that it might come as a surprise to find out that it’s also...
Top 8 must-try foods from Provence

Top 8 must-try foods from Provence

A significant part of any visitor’s time in Provence Côte d’Azur is likely to be taken up by food. Whether you’re eating in restaurants or cooking for yourself, either way you’re sure to find you spend a serious amount of time savouring and delighting in the...
Ratatouille – a Nice dish

Ratatouille – a Nice dish

Ratatouille, pronounced ra-ta-too-ee, is a delicious vegetable stew originally from Nice, commonly found all over Provence and the South of France.  I feel I have to mention that it was this long before the Pixar film of the same name and the reason I say that is that...
Postcards from Aix-en-Provence

Postcards from Aix-en-Provence

I’ve just discovered Aix-en-Provence!  After more than 7 years on the Côte d’Azur and having heard only good things about Aix, I can’t explain why it took me so long to get to this adorable city. But for whatever hopeless reasons I failed to get...
Market Day in Provence

Market Day in Provence

I’ve always loved going to markets wherever I’ve been in the world and find it’s a great way to get under the skin of a place.  Whether it’s a genuine farmers’ market selling locally produced food or a tourist-trap night market selling...
Roquefort and Beyond: A Local Wine Guide

Roquefort and Beyond: A Local Wine Guide

I’m excited to present my very first guest blogger today, wine connoisseur Chrissie McClatchie.  I’ve been thinking about a post dedicated to local wines for a while but while I know when I like a wine that about as far as my knowledge goes.  I’m no...

Lavender fields of Haute Provence

Seeing the lavender fields in Haute Provence was something I’d been dying to do for ages and I when I finally got the chance I wasn’t disappointed.  That was a typically British understatement; I LOVED it! It was absolutely amazing.  The views, the smells,...
Thirteen desserts:  Christmas in Provence

Thirteen desserts: Christmas in Provence

Christmas is a time for traditions and while France probably doesn’t spring to mind immediately when thinking about the festive period and its traditions, there are plenty here.  And even more so, plenty in the South which surprised me when I first moved to the Côte...
Travelling apricots

Travelling apricots

It’s apricot season and I’m in heaven.  Juicy, soft apricots bursting with Mediterranean warmth and flavour are all around and this year we had our own first crop. Twenty-six fruits to be precise but out of little things big things grow, and you’ve...
Singing Cicadas of Summer

Singing Cicadas of Summer

I love the sound of cicadas; for me it’s the sound of summer, of lazy hot days when lying in a hammock or by the pool is the only thing you want to do. It’s also a nostalgic sound conjuring up family holidays in Greece and Provence as a teenager and later...
Driving to the South of France

Driving to the South of France

Driving to the South of France from the UK or northern Europe is very doable, pleasurable even, particularly if you make the journey part of the fun and take your time.  Many of the guests at Lou Messugo drive from the UK and while there are plenty of dedicated...

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