Chasing Autumn in Provence: A Traveller’s Tale

Autumn in Provence: Bonnieux © French Moments

“Today I’m going to Provence!” I sent this message to my subscribers on the 14th of September 2023. On that day, Rachel, Aimée and I left the south coast of England to experience Autumn in Provence, from our base in the Luberon!🎦 Watch our short video on the Luberon, which will inspire you to explore this 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:

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

Sur le pont d'Avignon © French Moments

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 in Provence: What To See and Do

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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

Bédoin, Provence © French Moments

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

Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence © French Moments

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

Aix-en-Provence Old Town © French Moments

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

The fountain of Place de l'Hôtel de Ville of Aix © French Moments

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

Pistou © French Moments

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 © French Moments

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

The little town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence lies in the beautiful countryside against the backdrop of the Alpilles range. The delightfully little town is surrounded by lush green fields where grow sturdy cypresses and poplars. In this article, I have included a 1 km self-guided walk across the streets of the old town to help you discover 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

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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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Lacoste in Provence: What to See and Do

Village of Lacoste in Provence © French Moments

Opposite the village of Bonnieux, Lacoste is set on one of the Luberon’s most impressive sites. Perched on the northern slopes of the Petit Luberon Mountain, this charming village of 420 residents offers spectacular views over the Calavon Valley and the Mountains of Vaucluse. The walls of the towering ruined castle standing above Lacoste appear Read more…

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Colorado of Rustrel

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The unexpected Colorado of Rustrel ranks among Provence’s most beautiful attractions. Situated on one of the largest ochre quarries in the world, the Colorado of Rustrel was, at one time, one of the best known producers of ochre in France. Today, the hues and the strange looking shapes of the outcrops, shaped by centuries of Read more…

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The most beautiful sites in the Luberon

Luberon © French Moments

The Luberon is a protected mountainous region in the département of Vaucluse, in the southeast of France, which shelters a huddle of charming villages. Let’s discover some of its most beautiful sites.     About the Luberon region in Provence The Luberon, adored by French author Marcel Pagnol, was Samuel Beckett’s refuge during the Second Read more…

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Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in Provence: What to See and Do

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse © French Moments

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a charming village lying on the bank of the Sorgue River. The locality was built around its source in a dead-end valley at the feet of the Vaucluse plateau. Named after the famous and abundant water source nearby, it is surrounded by chalky hills 230 to 240 metres high. The village is located Read more…

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Roussillon in Provence: What to See and Do

Roussillon in Provence © French Moments

Roussillon lies in the northern part of the Luberon, between the Luberon mountain and the Vaucluse Plateau. The village is famous for its ochre quarries that were exploited from the end of the 18th century until the 1930s.Watch this short video on the Luberon! Plan your trip 🛏 Find the best accommodations in the Luberon Read more…

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Ménerbes in Provence: What to See and Do

Ménerbes © French Moments

The old village of Ménerbes is situated on a rocky outcrop 230 metres above sea level. The territory of the commune reaches the top of Petit Luberon in the south and spreads downwards to the Calavon River in the north. Home to 1,000 inhabitants, Ménerbes is one of France’s most beautiful villages.Watch this short video Read more…

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