February 9, 2015

Sifting through the Salt of Provence in Aigues Mortes

Sifting through the Salt of Provence in Aigues Mortes

Nutmeg walked every aisle in the grocery store looking for salt – it was not with the spices, but rather in its’ own section near the aged balsamic vinegar. Where is the logic? This pile of sea salt is 70 metres high Treasured since antiquity, salt is used in kitchens around the world, to enhance flavour and preserve food. Salt also plays a medicinal role in maintaining the life sustaining salt/water ratio in the human body. Formed by the earthly elements sodium and chloride (NaCl), salt comes from two sources, underground mineral deposits and seawater. (more…)

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January 26, 2015

Exploring Alyscamps in Arles

Exploring Alyscamps in Arles

Nutmeg agreed to accompany Ginger to the medical clinic in Arles so he could get a yellow fever vaccination for his Africa trip, but only of they could visit Alyscamps afterwards. Alyssii campi is Latin for Elysian fields – the road leading to the kingdom of the dead. (more…)

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January 19, 2015

Sainte Baume Grotto and Mary Magdalene in Provence

Sainte Baume Grotto and Mary Magdalene in Provence

Nutmeg got a little lost on her way to this hike. Given the religious significance of the location, maybe she was not the first lost soul during the long history of the Sainte Baume grotto. View of Monastery & Massif Ste Baume (more…)

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November 17, 2014

Glanum Glorious Views Near St Remy de Provence

Glanum Glorious Views Near St Remy de Provence

Glanum a Roman oppidum, protected by its fortified walls once housed a flourishing community. The settlement stood on a hillside in the shadow of the rocky, crests of the Alpilles slopes. The Franks in 260AD destroyed Glanum and the population were forced to resettle on the valley floor, giving rise to St Remy de Provence. (more…)

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October 20, 2014

Ansouis at Provence’s Crossroads in the Luberon

Ansouis at Provence’s Crossroads in the Luberon

Ansouis was a gift – 963 AD in 2014, it still is This village first appears in written record in 963 AD, in reference to Lambert de Reillane who donated Ansoye lands to the Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Montmajour. This land in the Aigues valley belonged to his grandfather Foucher de Valensole. (more…)

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October 6, 2014

Introducing Perfectly Provence a Unique Digital Magazine

Introducing Perfectly Provence a Unique Digital Magazine

Provence captures people with its amazing charms, and hidden adventures as soon as they arrive in this magical region of southern France. This is just the kind of place where you are not sure how the transformation happened, but all of a sudden you are a fan. #Discover #Taste #Relax Maybe, it was your first aperitif of chilled rosé or a curious amazement as to why anyone might what to drink a cloudy yellow liquid called Pastis, but now you are an Wines of Provence fan. (more…)

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September 29, 2014

Domaine Rouge-Bleu Grape Heaven in Provence

Domaine Rouge-Bleu Grape Heaven in Provence

Their eyes connected on a train headed towards the Champagne region. Before the weekend filled with bubbles supplied by the cellars of Krug and Dom Pérignon was over, Caroline Jones a proud Australian, and French native Thomas Bertrand had uncorked a little sparkle. Their long-distance romance bloomed and the now married couple lives between the vines at Domaine Rouge-Bleu a vineyard in the heart of Provence. (more…)

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June 30, 2014

Provence’s Purple Fields of Essential Lavender Oil

Provence’s Purple Fields of Essential Lavender Oil

If you had to conjure up a mental picture of Provence – what would it be? Thanks to talented photographers who have turned their best shots into postcards, books and Internet sites, one of the most iconic images of Provence is the deep purple undulating rows of lavender plants. (more…)

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June 9, 2014

Olivier Bourillon and The Rodeo Cowboys of Provence

Olivier Bourillon and The Rodeo Cowboys of Provence

Most readers already know that Ginger is a devoted rodeo fan and Calgary Stampede volunteer. In the last few years, he has embraced Provencal equine traditions surrounding brawny white horses and feisty midnight-black bulls. Ginger can explain the rules of a Course Camarguaise, and he has been to ferrades (branding events). In the process, he has taken hundreds of photos of bulls running in the streets during the annual Fêtes de Village in August. However, his heart remains saddled to traditional rodeo.   (more…)

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May 26, 2014

Longing for Marseille’s Palais Longchamp

Longing for Marseille’s Palais Longchamp

Marseille has managed to improve its image in the last few years, from seedy French port to European Cultural Capital in 2013. A financial infusion of several hundred million Euros did a lot for cleaning up the heart of the tourist area and expanding the city’s museums. The last major infrastructure project of this magnitude in Marseille was the post WWII reconstruction of the Vieux Port and le Panier district. Marseille’s cultural transformation has been significant, including the recently renovated Palais Longchamp home of two galleries the Natural History Museum and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. (more…)

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