Fontaine-de-Vaucluse Guided Walk: A Tour of the Riverside Village

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse guided walk © French Moments

Welcome to the ‘Fontaine-de-Vaucluse Guided Walk’, an enchanting chapter from our last journey through Provence! During a memorable 40-day stay in Bonnieux, our lovely home base, I explored this other picturesque riverside village under the warm, gentle embrace of the autumn sun.  As the Provençal landscape basked in a serene, sunny glow, I meandered along the Read more…

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Gordes Guided Walk: A Tour of the Acropolis of Provence

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Welcome to the ‘Gordes Guided Walk’, an enchanting chapter from our last journey through Provence! During a memorable 40-day stay in Bonnieux, our lovely home base, I explored this other picturesque village under the warm, gentle embrace of the early autumn sun.  As the Provençal landscape basked in a serene, sunny glow, I meandered through the Read more…

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Lacoste Guided Walk: A Tour of the Hilltop Village in Provence

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Welcome to the ‘Lacoste Guided Walk’, an enchanting chapter from our last journey through Provence! During a memorable 40-day stay in Bonnieux, our lovely home base, I explored this other picturesque village under the warm, gentle embrace of the early autumn sun.  As the Provençal landscape basked in a serene, sunny glow, I meandered through the Read more…

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Ménerbes Guided Walk: A Tour of the Historic Village in Provence

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Welcome to the ‘Ménerbes Guided Walk’, an enchanting chapter from our last journey through Provence! During a memorable 40-day stay in Bonnieux, our lovely home base, I explored this other picturesque village under the warm, gentle embrace of the early autumn sun.  As the Provençal landscape basked in a serene, sunny glow, I meandered through the Read more…

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Roussillon Guided Walk: A Tour of the Ochre Village in Provence

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Welcome to the ‘Roussillon Guided Walk’, an enchanting chapter from our last journey through Provence! During a memorable 40-day stay in Bonnieux, our lovely home base, I explored this other picturesque village under the warm, gentle embrace of the early autumn sun.  As the Provençal landscape basked in a serene, sunny glow, I meandered through the Read more…

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Lourmarin Guided Walk: A Tour of the Charming Village in Provence

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Welcome to the ‘Lourmarin Guided Walk’, an enchanting chapter from our last journey through Provence! During a memorable 40-day stay in Bonnieux, our lovely home base, I explored this other picturesque village under the warm, gentle embrace of the early autumn sun.  As the Provençal landscape basked in a serene, sunny glow, I meandered through the Read more…

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Bonnieux Guided Walk: A Tour of the Hilltop Village in Provence

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Welcome to the ‘Bonnieux Guided Walk’, an enchanting chapter from our last journey through Provence! During a memorable 40-day stay in Bonnieux, our lovely home base, I explored this picturesque village under the warm, gentle embrace of the early autumn sun.  As the Provençal landscape basked in a serene, sunny glow, I meandered through the charming Read more…

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Apt Candied Fruits: Discovering the Sweet Secret of Provence

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Every time we’ve stayed in the Luberon, wandering through the village markets has been a highlight. Among the bustling stalls, the famed Apt candied fruits often caught my eye. Yet, I scarcely gave them more than a passing glance in the past. Each time I returned home, my thoughts lingered on these quintessentially Provençal treats, tinged Read more…

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La Barben Zoo – A Fantastic Visit in the Heart of Provence

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We have visited several zoos and animal parks, featuring them on our blog: the Paris Zoo, La Bourbansais Zoo in Brittany, and, most recently, Marwell Zoo in England. Last October, we had the chance to explore the largest (and most splendid!) zoo in Provence. In this article, I want to share our experiences at La Barben Read more…

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Provence unpacked: journeying with the best suitcases

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As we eagerly anticipated our 40-day recess in the picturesque village of Bonnieux, nestled in the heart of the Luberon, we were armed with not just luggage but a promise of seamless travel. The travel companions in question? The Level8 Textured Luggage Set was our trusty entourage for the awaited adventure. Follow us for a Read more…

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Honey from the Luberon – A Visit to a Farm in Bonnieux

Honey from the Luberon at GAEC Aude Malbec Bonnieux © French Moments

During a recent countryside getaway, we had the privilege of visiting Malvina, the curator of the family-run boutique at Clément and Malvina’s farm. In 2014, this passionate couple established a Groupement Agricole d’Exploitation en Commun (GAEC) in the picturesque commune of Bonnieux, nestled in the heart of Luberon. They manage a sprawling 30-hectare estate, home Read more…

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My 50 most beautiful photos of Provence

Photos of Provence: Gordes under the clouds © French Moments

As our time in Provence comes to an end after a delightful stay spanning over five weeks, anchored in the picturesque hilltop village of Bonnieux in the heart of the Luberon, we would like to pay tribute to this magnificent region. In commemoration of this charming corner of the world, we’ve curated a compilation of Read more…

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Exploring the Iconic Clock Towers and Campaniles of Provence

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In the Luberon’s picturesque towns and villages, I’ve been captivated by the towering structures that grace the skyline – the campaniles and clock towers and campaniles of Provence. These architectural marvels symbolise the heart of each community and serve as guardians of time and tradition. Join me as we delve into the world of Provence’s beloved Read more…

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The Countryside of Bonnieux and Lacoste, A Provençal Exploration

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Our accommodation is in a Provençal farmhouse in the middle of the Luberon countryside. This location is ideal for exploring the surrounding area without taking the car. For us, the countryside of Bonnieux is a complete change of scenery.Bonnieux early morningSince arriving in Provence, we’ve been walking around our accommodation, especially in the mornings when Read more…

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Villas in Provence: French Elegance in Southern France

Villas in Provence - Villa Ephrussi de Rotschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Source: Depositphotos.com

Provence is a region in southeastern France that has long been a favourite destination for travellers worldwide. With its stunning natural landscapes, picturesque villages, and rich cultural heritage, Provence offers a unique blend of history, art, and nature that appeals to all kinds of visitors. Whether you’re interested in exploring ancient Roman ruins, tasting local Read more…

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Sur le Pont d’Avignon

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Sur le pont d’Avignon is a traditional French song dating to the 15th century. The mimed ronde involves all sorts of characters dancing around or on the famous bridge Pont Saint-Bénézet in Avignon.The story of the songSome scholars date the song back to at least the 15th century. However, neither the author nor the origin of the Read more…

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Bonnieux Revealed: Discover the Hilltop Village in the Luberon

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Bonnieux is one of the most beautiful perched villages on the northern slopes of the Luberon. Some people call it the “Mont Saint-Michel of Provence”. It is part of the golden triangle Gordes – Roussillon – Bonnieux, but, unlike its two neighbours, the latter is less busy, which makes it more authentic. The village comprises two churches, Read more…

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Around Aix-en-Provence: 10 Beautiful Places to Visit

Around Aix-en-Provence: La Roque d'Anthéron © French Moments

Is there any need to introduce Aix, the historical capital of Provence? The charming town offers visitors a rich and fascinating architectural and cultural heritage. But beyond the homeland of Paul Cézanne and Emile Zola, there are many sites to explore. The Pays d’Aix, of course, but also natural sites, beautiful ruins, and typical Provençal Read more…

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Why you should discover Bédoin in Provence

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In this article, I have chosen to tell you about the village of Bédoin, where we stayed for a fortnight in Spring. Situated at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the village benefits from many tourist assets. Here is a small summary of our stay in this little corner of paradise. Between vineyards, cherry orchards, lavender Read more…

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The best sites to see around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Place Favier, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence © French Moments

Last August, we were in Provence, in the area around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, for a couple of days. The south of France is always a popular destination with a guaranteed warm summer. It was definitely sizzling when we were there, and afternoon naps were a must! Here are some of our favourite places around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence that we Read more…

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7 Villages to Visit on your Dream Holiday in the Luberon

romantic destinations in France: Lourmarin, Provence © French Moments

Provence immediately conjures up images of lavender-filled fields, beautiful farmhouses and manors with their leafy terraces and linen-draped tables adorned with fresh-cut flowers, olives, local wines and dishes filled with sunshine. One of our favourite regions of Provence is the Luberon which lies to the east of Avignon and north of Aix-en-Provence. This area has Read more…

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Montagne Sainte-Victoire: the iconic mountain of Aix

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Montagne Sainte-Victoire is an iconic natural landmark in Provence, along with other famous peaks such as  Mont Ventoux and Sainte-Baume. The “mountain of Aix” extends over 18 kilometres east of Aix-en-Provence. Reaching 1,011 metres / 3,317 ft at Pic des Mouches, the celebrated mountain owes its fame to painter Paul Cézanne, who could see it Read more…

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The cultural highlights of Provence

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The Provence, part of the PACA region, one of the richest in France, is the most visited area in France after Paris city. Located in the South-East, this picturesque area is famous for its mild weather, snow-clad mountains, fields of lavender, olive trees and vineyards. But the noticeable mediaeval architecture in the main cities, fortified Read more…

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Practical info for planning your visit to Aix-en-Provence

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The din of cicadas, the southern French accent, a glass of Pastis at a table outside a café: this is Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most delightful towns. Aix has long been the capital of Provence. This can be seen in its architecture, the wealth of its private mansions, and the ever-present traces of its flourishing Read more…

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Aix-en-Provence Old Town: A Discovery Guide

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Aix-en-Provence old town is enchanting: shady squares, elegant town-houses, lively open-air markets, … everything contributes towards making this Provençal town a memorable visit. Follow the guide!     Where to stay in Aix-en-Provence Old Town? You can choose from a great range of accommodation in Aix-en-Provence, from hotels to B&B and campings! My recommendation is to Read more…

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Place de l’Hôtel de Ville of Aix-en-Provence

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Place de l’Hôtel de Ville of Aix is arguably one of Provence’s most famous squares. It shows a great array of architectural styles, from the most simple to elaborate Baroque styles. Some interesting monuments border the square: the Town Hall, the Corn Exchange Hall and the Clock Tower. Follow the guide!     Place de Read more…

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Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence

Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence © French Moments

Paris has its Champs-Élysées, Nice its Promenade des Anglais, Marseille its Canebière and Aix its Cours Mirabeau. This wide street is one of the busiest and most frequented in Aix-en-Provence. The avenue connects Place de la Rotonde to the west and Place Forbin to the east. It was and remains the best part of town Read more…

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Place d’Albertas: an elegant square in Aix-en-Provence

Place d'Albertas, Aix-en-Provence © French Moments

Not far from the Natural History Museum of Aix-en-Provence lies the elegant Place d’Albertas. The small square is arguably one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Provence.     Place d’Albertas: A Bit of History The Albertas were a parliamentarian family originating from the Italian city of Alba. They came to Aix in Read more…

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Aix-en-Provence Cathedral: A Discovery Guide

Aix-en-Provence Cathedral. Photo by bbsferrari via Envato Elements

A sacred place for thousands of years, the Aix-en-Provence cathedral has become a religious landmark in Provence. The imposing church combines three architectural styles (Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque), due to the many alterations it has undergone over the centuries. Today, Aix cathedral is a national monument that is one of the most visited sites in Read more…

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Pastis from Provence

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Pastis is almost like a religion in Provence where the best pastis is found. Pastis from Provence: the unmissable beverage! “Il faut vous enivrer sans trêve. / Mais de quoi? / De vin, de poésie, ou de vertu, à votre guise. / Mais enivrez-vous.” “Get drunk and stay that way. / On what? / On Read more…

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Aix-en-Provence History: A Brief Account

Aix-en-Provence History - The fountain of King René, Aix © French Moments

This is a brief account of Aix-en-Provence history. Its past is reflected in the churches and rich 17th and 18th-century manor houses in the old town. It is these witnesses to Aix’s history that attract the many tourists who come to discover the water city of the Romans.     Aix-en-Provence History From the Roman Read more…

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The Calissons of Aix: a Specialty Candy from Provence

Calissons of Aix. Photo by annapustynnikova via Envato Elements

The city of Aix-en-Provence and the delicious calissons have had a common destiny for several centuries. It is one of the emblematic delicacies of Provence and is one of the famous thirteen Christmas desserts. Let’s lift the curtain on this subtle mixture of almonds and candied melons.     What are calissons from Aix? Calissons Read more…

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Chocolate Mendiants

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As little Christmas delicacies, chocolate mendiants are part of the Provençal tradition and the thirteen desserts. The Provençal tradition of the mendicant order The colours of their ingredients are reminiscent of the original robes of the mendicant order of friars in the Church during the Middle-Ages: the Franciscans (the Grey Friars) founded 1209 = grey (sultanas) Read more…

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Provençal Tomatoes and Aubergines / Tomates et aubergines farcies à la Provençale

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Provençal Tomaotes and Aubergines are a delicious vegetarian dish which is often cooked in Provence where aubergines (eggplant) and tomatoes are full of flavour. This recipe is often made with mince (pork/chicken etc.) but this recipe is fully vegetarian and is very easy to cook … Ingredients Serves 4 1 red onion finely diced 3 garlic Read more…

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Pissaladière (French onion pizza)

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Pissaladière is a sort of like a cheese-less pizza .. this is a typical lunchtime snack easily found in boulangeries in Provence. A pizza base is topped with soft caramely tasting onions, anchovies and black olives. Served traditionally with chilled rose this makes a refreshing change from cheese laden pizza! Ingredients Makes 6-8 slices For Read more…

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Pistou – Provençal pesto

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Pistou (Provençal pesto) is typically Provençal and is a sauce made with basil, garlic, olive oil and salt. Unlike Italian pesto, the one from Provence does not necessarily use pine nuts or cheese. Ingredients 150g Basil 150g Pine nuts 5 cloves of Garlic 1 tea spoon of Salt 1 tea spoon Pepper 25cl of Olive Read more…

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Aioli

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Aioli is a sauce based on garlic, egg yolk and olive oil is widespread from Catalonia to Italy, passing by Provence. The Provençal version often includes potatoes which along with the egg yolks gives the sauce a yellowish tinge and dense texture very similar to a mayonnaise. Ingredients 1 teaspoon of rock salt 1 medium sized Read more…

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Christmas in Provence: Traditions and Celebrations

Nativity Scene at Saint-François Xavier church, Paris © French Moments

According to tradition, the Christmas celebrations in Provence begin on the 4th of December on Saint Barbara’s Day and end on the 2nd of February at Candlemas. The four weeks of Advent is the perfect time to visit the town and villages adorned with festive lights, Christmas markets and Santon fairs. However, Christmas in Provence culminates Read more…

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Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: A Discovery Guide

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence © French Moments

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence lies in the beautiful countryside against the backdrop of the Alpilles range. Lush green fields with sturdy cypresses and poplars surround the delightful country town. In this article, I have included a 1 km self-guided walk across the streets of the old town to help you discover all the exciting places. Watch our short Read more…

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The Alpilles in Provence: A Discovery Guide

If you are looking for a postcard image of Provence, that of authentic Provençal atmosphere, then look no further than the Alpilles mountain range! The region boasts some of Provence’s most famous tourist sites, such as the fantastic Roman ruins of Glanum, the medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence, the stylish and refined little town of Read more…

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Calanques of Cassis, Provence

Cassis 09 © Olivier Risnes

The Calanques of Cassis are a unique geological formation in Provence, usually comprised of limestone or granite; they are made up of deep, narrow valleys with sharp edges, partly submerged by the sea. Their shapes are very similar to those of the Norwegian fjords. These formations are often found in coastal Mediterranean areas, particularly south-eastern Read more…

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