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My Best Christmas Memories in Provence

My Best Christmas Memories in Provence

In December, Provence changes appearance. Families get busy preparing for Christmas in the streets, decked out with lights. It’s an important celebration in this region, which leaves lasting memories.
12/15/2014
Decorating the Christmas Table in Provence

Decorating the Christmas Table in Provence

The Christmas Eve dinner in Provence, traditionally called the "Gros Souper," is a magical time for all families. Here are the decorating secrets for a successful Provençal Christmas table. To your notebooks!
11/26/2014
Provencal Iced Nougat Recipe by Armand Arnal

Provencal Iced Nougat Recipe by Armand Arnal

The chef of the La Chassagnette restaurant in Arles revisits for L’Occitane the Thirteen Desserts of Provence with an original iced nougat recipe accompanied by a brioche bun, and served with seasonal fruit. A recipe to test for the holiday season!
11/18/2014
The Saint Barbara Feast Day: A Christmas Tradition in Provence

The Saint Barbara Feast Day: A Christmas Tradition in Provence

There are many Provencal Christmas traditions! Celebrated on December 4, the Saint Barbara Feast Day marks the beginning of preparations for Christmas, and is one of its most respected customs. Let the magic happen!
11/10/2014
Christmas in Arles

Christmas in Arles

A wonderful annual event in Arles, the Drôles de Noël Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Check the program and don’t miss this enchanting, family festival.
11/7/2014
The 13 Desserts of Provence by Armand Arnal

The 13 Desserts of Provence by Armand Arnal

Foodies, listen up! With Christmas fast approaching, Armand Arnal, star chef at La Chassagnette restaurant in Arles, treats us to his take on the famous Thirteen Desserts of Provence, part of the "big supper" of December 24. What a feast!
10/24/2014
Discover the Christmas Traditions of Arles

Discover the Christmas Traditions of Arles

Born in the village of Saint-Gilles, just 20 kilometers from Arles, Helen Haon is a great fan of Provencal Christmas traditions. A few months before the festivities, she tells us about getting ready for Christmas. There’s plenty to inspire you with the magic of Christmas, well in advance of this special season.
10/6/2014
The Truffle An Exquisite Treasure at the Domaine Capelongue

The Truffle An Exquisite Treasure at the Domaine Capelongue

From 20 December, truffle lovers will come together at Domaine de Capelongue in Bonnieux for a special menu. Chef Edouard Loubet, an absolute fan of this highly sought after mushroom, has decided to explore it in dishes each more creative than the last.
12/19/2013
Christmas in Provence: The Tradition of The Cacho-Fio

Christmas in Provence: The Tradition of The Cacho-Fio

This very old tradition is still perpetuated by certain families in the villages of Provence. The Cacho-Fio consists of burning a log by both the oldest and the youngest at the gathering in a ritual meant to evoke the forthcoming transition to the new year.
12/15/2013
Ten Provençal Christmas Markets That Can’t be Missed!

Ten Provençal Christmas Markets That Can’t be Missed!

Gourmet food, gift ideas… Christmas markets are a must during this festive period. Here’s our quick guide to the ones that can’t be missed!
12/14/2013
Shrimp & Zucchini Salad by Chef Michel Hulin

Shrimp & Zucchini Salad by Chef Michel Hulin

Michel Hulin is the head chef of "La Cabro d'Or", a wonderful resaturant in les Baux-de-Provence, rewarded by a Macaron in the famous "Michelin Guide". His shrimp & zucchini salad will be a perfect recipe for your festive menu!
12/6/2013
A Christmas in the Purest Tradition of Provence

A Christmas in the Purest Tradition of Provence

For the past three years, Jacqueline and Axel, owners of a guesthouse in Le Thor, Provence, have been preparing for this traditional Provencal Christmas. The “big supper,” Midnight Mass, the 13 desserts ritual… The couple has planned everything so that their guests will enjoy an unforgettable experience.
12/3/2013
Make an Owl in Traditional Holiday Colors for your Christmas Tree !

Make an Owl in Traditional Holiday Colors for your Christmas Tree !

In terms of ornaments, it's one of the main themes of this Christmas 2013: the forest and its animals. If you want to give a personal touch to your Christmas tree, follow Lise Petermann's instructions to make a fantastic owl in traditional holiday colors, that is to say red and green.
11/30/2013
Frédéric Hawecker A Master Chocolatier in Provence

Frédéric Hawecker A Master Chocolatier in Provence

In Châteaurenard, between Saint Remy de Provence and Avignon, lies a true creator of sweet delights. Frédéric Hawecker, an award-winning chocolatier, was kind enough to welcome us through his doors. Chocolate addicts beware!
11/25/2013
Make a cloud and snowflakes christmas ornament with Lise Petermann

Make a cloud and snowflakes christmas ornament with Lise Petermann

Tick tock, Christmas is coming soon ! Need help for your tree's decoration ? Follow the directions of Lise Petermann, a talented designer from Forcalquier in Provence, to make a cloud and snowflakes Christmas ornament.
11/24/2013
Chocolate Martini : a Christmas Cocktail by the Barman from the Gray d'Albion in Cannes

Chocolate Martini : a Christmas Cocktail by the Barman from the Gray d'Albion in Cannes

On the Croisette, Christian Charlier de Vrainville is the king of the cocktail shaker. With Christmas approaching, this talented barman has come up with an indulgent cocktail recipe based on chocolate for us. To enjoy with moderation.
11/11/2013
Make a Christmas white star garland with Lise Petermann

Make a Christmas white star garland with Lise Petermann

Christmas is coming ! It's time to think about decoration. Need any help ? Follow Lise Petermann's instructions in order to make a white star garland, she's a talented designer from Forcalquier in Provence.
11/9/2013
The Story of the Fragrance Merchant

The Story of the Fragrance Merchant

In the heart of L'Occitane en Provence’s design studio in Manosque, the history of the Fragrance Merchant continues to be drawn. Each Christmas, this mythic Provençal character comes to life under the brushstrokes of Nadette Baussan.
11/6/2013
Meet the Talented Lise Petermann

Meet the Talented Lise Petermann

With Christmas fast approaching, "Petites Séries Workshop" in Forcalquier is about as busy as that of Father Christmas. At its head, the design talent Lise Petermann, who invents jewelry, brooches, mobiles and even Christmas decorations inspired by her day-to-day life.
11/5/2013
A Floral Christmas by Victoire Gerez

A Floral Christmas by Victoire Gerez

At just 24, Victoire Gerez runs her own florist shop. In her image, this little green oasis is full of character and taste, and is just starting to take on the colors of Christmas. Here, the talented florist gives us a few tips for a Christmas bouquet.
11/3/2013
The L’OCCITANE Gift Set Workshop

The L’OCCITANE Gift Set Workshop

They are pretty gifts that we are thrilled to discover under the Christmas tree. In addiction of being beautiful and generously filled, L'OCCITANE gift sets contribute to the occupational integration of handicapped people.
10/30/2013
The Mimosa Cocktail : an Elegant Classic for a Festive Christmas !

The Mimosa Cocktail : an Elegant Classic for a Festive Christmas !

Christmas dinner is always a real headache. Should you do something new, or stick with the classics? For the aperitif, look no further! The Mimosa Cocktail is perfect: both elegant and festive, it will delight your guests. To enjoy in moderation…
10/29/2013
Gift Ideas for a Colorful Christmas

Gift Ideas for a Colorful Christmas

Perfume, trendy decorations or sweets… here are some gift ideas, a little in advance, for this Christmas 2013.
10/25/2013
Unique Santons in Tarascon!

Unique Santons in Tarascon!

Who could possibly say that all the santon figurines in Provence look alike after having visited Christine Darcq's studio in the heart of Tarascon? Let this santon-maker unlike any other surprise you with her creations!
12/22/2012
Alain Passard's Holiday Menu inspired by Provence

Alain Passard's Holiday Menu inspired by Provence

Last year the famous French chef Alain Passard designed a festive menu for Vins de Provence. The goal was to create recipes that reveal perfect matches with Côes de Provence wines. A menu in three acts!
12/11/2012
Christmas market in Saint-Rémy de Provence

Christmas market in Saint-Rémy de Provence

To experience an authentic Provençal Christmas, check out the Saint-Rémy de Provence market dedicated to Le Gros Souper, the Christmas Eve dinner in Provence !
12/4/2012
The Fragrance Merchant

The Fragrance Merchant

A real character or a nomadic magician, the Fragrance Merchant fascinates with the magic of his talents. In his travels, he captures scents that he then likes to share. Thanks to him, a whiff of poetry will dress the Holiday festivities.
11/18/2012
Almond paste, the recipe

Almond paste, the recipe

Tashka Sofer, essential oil specialist and Provençal grandmother, prepares homemade almond paste for Fantastic Provence with L’Occitane. A moment to share with all the family and an easy recipe for a Christmas in Provence.
11/15/2012
Christmas Table in Provence

Christmas Table in Provence

In Provence, Christmas dinner is known as the “gros souper,” or big supper. To enhance this traditional family feast, locals decorate their table in a very special way. Joyce Borgmann, owner of the guesthouse L'Oustaou de l'Oulivie in Oraison and Provencal cuisine specialist, introduces us to this ritual.
11/10/2012
Hazelnut Shortbreads

Hazelnut Shortbreads

Discover this delicate recipe chef David Arcos imagined for our holiday dinner in Provence.
10/30/2012
Goat Cheese Toast

Goat Cheese Toast

Chef David Arcos presents the apetizer of his Holiday Dinner in Provence
10/30/2012
Verbena and raspberry cocktail

Verbena and raspberry cocktail

A verbena flavoured cocktail to start chef David Arcos' Christmas Dinner!
10/30/2012
Christmas Dinner in Provence

Christmas Dinner in Provence

Raspberries, hazelnuts, verbena: original ingredients for a Christmas dinner. Here, the chef David Arcos of the restaurant Bonheur Fou in Manosque shares four recipes that will surprise your nearest and dearest. Dinner is served!
10/30/2012
Holidays: Inviting Nature to Dinner

Holidays: Inviting Nature to Dinner

A little walk in the woods to gather materials, and you’ve got all you need for an original holiday table decoration with a natural theme.
12/22/2011
An Encounter with Philippe Segond

An Encounter with Philippe Segond

Recipient of the title “Meilleur Ouvrier de France,” the pastry and confectionary chef Philippe Segond welcomes us to his patisserie, the Maison Riederer, an essential Aix-en-Provence address since 1780.
12/21/2011
Aubagne, Where the Land Sings of its Love for Provence

Aubagne, Where the Land Sings of its Love for Provence

Tucked between Marseille and Cassis, at the foot of the Massif du Garbalan so dear to Marcel Pagnol, Aubagne embodies the soul of a sincere and authentic Provence. And, it’s the capital of "santon" figurines.
12/20/2011
The Thirteen Desserts of Provence

The Thirteen Desserts of Provence

From Embrun to Nice, by way of Marseille, every town has its own variation, and sometimes even every family!
12/15/2011
Candy creator

Candy creator

In 1949 a special confectionery was created, near Grasse, the perfume capital. More than 60 years later, and having just opened a new outlet on the Nice port, the Confiserie Florian has become a gourmet institution, in the heart of Provence.
10/18/2011

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