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Escape to the Lérins Islands

Escape to the Lérins Islands

Facing the Bay of Cannes, just a few minutes away by boat, the Lérins Islands offer a complete change of scenery. Wild fauna and flora, a turquoise sea... Here, nature dons its most beautiful finery!
8/21/2014
A Walk in the Heart of the Alpilles

A Walk in the Heart of the Alpilles

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Eygalières via Les Baux-de-Provence and Maussane, the Alpilles region offers a magnificent panorama over Provence.
8/17/2014
Valsaintes: The Rose Path is Now Open

Valsaintes: The Rose Path is Now Open

Entirely devoted to roses and labeled a "Remarkable Garden" by the Ministry of Culture, the Valsaintes Abbey garden thinks big with the inauguration of its Rose Path.
8/4/2014
A Wander Through the Markets of Provence

A Wander Through the Markets of Provence

A genuine invitation to explore the gastronomy of Provence, Provencal markets have spanned the centuries and today remain as timeless as ever. Traditional and ancestral, they are a real place of exchange and generosity where tourists and locals alike enjoy coming to discover the abundant local produce.
8/2/2014
Marseille Aboard a Local Fishing Boat

Marseille Aboard a Local Fishing Boat

Advice to tourists visiting Marseille. Venture on board a “pointu,” a traditional local fishing boat, and discover the city’s emblematic sites. The harbor, the old town, monuments... visit every nook and cranny and enjoy a unique and breathtaking panorama.
7/27/2014
An Idea for an Outing in Provence: Dive into the World of L'Occitane

An Idea for an Outing in Provence: Dive into the World of L'Occitane

Want to get up off your beach towel and discover Provence as you've never seen it before? Take a detour via Manosque and visit the L'Occitane factory for a fragrant trip to the heart of Southern France that will also seduce you with products for sale at bargain prices. We promise, you won’t be disappointed!
7/11/2014
The Ephrussi Gardens: An Enchanting Setting

The Ephrussi Gardens: An Enchanting Setting

Nature fans take note! Surrounding the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the Ephrussi Gardens cover over seven hectares in an idyllic setting, and are one of the world’s must-see places. The site is definitely worth going out of your way for.
6/28/2014
Eze: The Charming Village That Crowns the Côte d’Azur!

Eze: The Charming Village That Crowns the Côte d’Azur!

Eze is one of the gems of Côte d'Azur. Perched 429 meters above sea level and next to the town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, this small town offers visitors a variety of landscapes.
6/20/2014
Exploring Marseille Aboard a Local Fishing Boat

Exploring Marseille Aboard a Local Fishing Boat

Known as the “Phocean City,” Marseille has many lovely surprises in store for visitors. To enjoy the beautiful weather and explore the hidden treasures of the city, jump aboard a local fishing boat known as a “pointu” for a very tempting program!
6/18/2014
Exhibition « Secrets of the Rosa Centifolia »

Exhibition « Secrets of the Rosa Centifolia »

Get out your diaries! The Rosa Centifolia, the ultimate scented flower, is on display until 5 July at L’Occitane en Provence Museum located in Manosque. Discover the true story of this sublimely Provencal flower.
6/10/2014
A Bucolic Wander in the Tinctorial Plant Conservatory Garden

A Bucolic Wander in the Tinctorial Plant Conservatory Garden

Located on the terraces surrounding the Château de Lauris, the Tinctorial Plant Conservatory enjoys a beautiful setting and features 250 species of dye plants. Let’s visit.
6/7/2014
Research Advances on Protecting Lavender!

Research Advances on Protecting Lavender!

Threatened by leafhoppers, lavender is experimenting with new forms of combat against these small insects responsible for its decline.
6/5/2014
The National Mediterranean Botanical Conservatory of Porquerolles

The National Mediterranean Botanical Conservatory of Porquerolles

Created in 1979, the National Mediterranean Botanical Conservatory of Porquerolles aims to preserve the biodiversity in the Mediterranean area and its many endangered plant species. A mission that it has been pursuing for over 30 years.
5/30/2014
Exploring the Gardens of the International Perfume Museum

Exploring the Gardens of the International Perfume Museum

Built in 2007, the gardens of the International Perfume Museum (MIP) in Grasse invite you on a unique sensory experience. Centifolia rose, tuberose, and jasmine welcome you to the world of perfume.
5/23/2014
The Bouches-du-Rhône Department: A Cultural Treasure Seen From Above

The Bouches-du-Rhône Department: A Cultural Treasure Seen From Above

Not sure where to go on vacation this year? The Bouches-du-Rhône department in the South of France is full of magical places conducive to rest and tranquility! From Marseille to Les Baux-de-Provence passing through the Camargue, here’s our panorama of destinations that should not be missed.
5/16/2014
A Chinese Artist Auctions a Jar of Air of Provence!

A Chinese Artist Auctions a Jar of Air of Provence!

Incredible! To protest against the air pollution in his country, a Chinese artist took advantage of his time in France to take home a jar of air of Provence that he then auctioned for the modest sum of 610 Euros.
5/15/2014
The Glory of the Provencal Scrubland

The Glory of the Provencal Scrubland

Red soil, white stones and low vegetation illuminated by the sun of Provence... This fragrant scrub, the “garrigue,” is as beautiful as it is fragrant. A magical setting that blends harmoniously with the divine smell of juniper, thyme, rosemary and hot stones. Come with us to the heart of this inspiring landscape.
5/10/2014
Caroline Solvay & Alexander Hollan on show at the Olive Tree EcoMuseum in Volx

Caroline Solvay & Alexander Hollan on show at the Olive Tree EcoMuseum in Volx

The Olive Tree EcoMuseum in Volx is home, until November 4, to a new and special exhibition dedicated to the works of Carole Solvay and Alexandre Hollan, two talented artists both passionate about nature. Don’t miss it!
5/7/2014
The Five Most Beautiful Views of the Mediterranean!

The Five Most Beautiful Views of the Mediterranean!

A cobalt blue, sun-drenched, idyllic paradise, the Mediterranean seduces by a natural beauty conducive to relaxation and idleness. Check our panorama of its five most beautiful views!
5/4/2014
A Visit to Michel Vacherot’s Orchid Farm

A Visit to Michel Vacherot’s Orchid Farm

Located in Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the Var department, the Michel Vacherot orchid farm invites amateurs like professionals to discover thousands of different varieties of orchids, grown with the help of an in-vitro germination laboratory. This unique know-how has been passed down from generation to generation since 1886!
5/1/2014
Bouches-du-Rhône: A Holiday between Land & Sea!

Bouches-du-Rhône: A Holiday between Land & Sea!

Summer is fast approaching! So, what if you took the time to organize your vacation now? Between land and sea, the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the south of France is the ideal destination for a holiday combining relaxation, nature, sport, but also recreation.
4/25/2014
Mother’s Day Flowers with Victoire Gerez

Mother’s Day Flowers with Victoire Gerez

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Victoire Gerez, a talented florist based for the last two years in Aix-en-Provence, gives us the idea of a pretty bouquet of flowers, and lets us in on some trade secrets. It’s an ideal Mother’s Day gift, a symbol of love and tenderness.
4/18/2014
Orange Blossom An Ode to The Sweet Life of Provence

Orange Blossom An Ode to The Sweet Life of Provence

Orange flower, also known as Neroli, is a symbol of purity and fertility and is an essential part of life in Provence. A subtle and delicate evocation of La Dolce Vita Provençal, its fresh and voluptuous fragrance is used by the most important perfumers.
4/10/2014
Orchids & Neroli: White & Feminine Flowers

Orchids & Neroli: White & Feminine Flowers

Precious and much sought after, Orchid and Neroli have a hint of extreme refinement, and are also both precious symbols of femininity. These are just two reasons to unite them in a new fragrance.
4/9/2014
Five Books to Read about Provence

Five Books to Read about Provence

Renowned for its beauty and the diversity of its landscapes as well as its delicious cuisine – both tasty and sun-filled - Provence inspires and fascinates many authors, both French or foreign. Note to avid readers: here’s our selection of the five best books on Provence.
3/29/2014
The Exotic Ambiance of the Serre de la Madone Garden

The Exotic Ambiance of the Serre de la Madone Garden

Located in the heart of Menton, a town in southeast France with the lemon as its symbol, the Serre de la Madone garden is renowned for its rich variety of plants. Now listed as a historic monument and completely restored, this magical place is a must-see.
3/20/2014
Discover the Bouches-du-Rhône on a Vespa!

Discover the Bouches-du-Rhône on a Vespa!

Aix-en-Provence, Alpilles or Les Baux de Provence: the Bouches-du-Rhône department offers its visitors plenty for a memorable stay! Discover the most beautiful sights while riding a Vespa and live a unique and breathtaking experience... Here’s our panorama of the places not to miss.
3/19/2014
Almond Trees Return to Provence

Almond Trees Return to Provence

Although almond trees have always grown in Provence, since the 1930s their cultivation has been decreasing, to the point of disappearing, in favor of wheat and lavender. But since 2002, thanks to a project led by the Jaubert brothers on the Valensole Plateau and with support from L'Occitane, the fruit tree can begin to hope for a brighter future.
3/18/2014
Picking Roses in Provence

Picking Roses in Provence

In Roumoules on the Valensole Plateau, Emmanuelle Ravel cultivates roses, but not just any rose! Centifolia, the variety so well known to perfumers, is her rose of choice. With the help of her flower pickers, she harvests this wonderful scented flower in June. We joined them.
3/9/2014
Puyricard Almonds Prepare to Bloom

Puyricard Almonds Prepare to Bloom

Belonging to the Rosaceae family, the almond is a fruit tree with many virtues. Adapted to a mild and sunny climate, it’s in Puyricard, in the Bouches-du-Rhône region, that it is preparing to welcome its first flowers of the season...
3/4/2014
A Ride Through Land & Sea in Balagne

A Ride Through Land & Sea in Balagne

A region in Upper Corsica, Balagne is a pearl. Between its mountains, the intoxicating scent of the local scrubland and extraordinary beaches on the coast, it’s a little piece of Corsica to discover without delay!
2/20/2014
What Happens to Lavender in Winter?

What Happens to Lavender in Winter?

Nicknamed “Blue Gold” because of its color, lavender has been growing naturally in Provence for 2,000 years. Fragrant, covered in flowers and ubiquitous throughout Provençal landscapes during the summer, it also adapts perfectly to the winter, a period during which it patiently waits for the next period of summer flowering...
2/10/2014
Provence For Lovers

Provence For Lovers

Provence has many lovely surprises in store for lovers! Between discovering the wild landscapes, the white sandy beaches or countryside walks, it is full of magical and romantic places to explore.
2/7/2014
A Walk In the Heart of the Cherry Blossoms

A Walk In the Heart of the Cherry Blossoms

Not far from the village of Venasque, a few kilometers from Pernes-les-Fontaines and L’Isle sur la Sorgue, we took a walk through the heart of the cherry orchards. It’s a wonderful experience to enjoy in Provence in April.
2/3/2014
A Winter Walk in the En-Vau Cove

A Winter Walk in the En-Vau Cove

The renowned En-Vau cove, or calanque, near Cassis, offers a unique and breathtaking view over the landscape of Marseille. Overlooking the sea and surrounded by cliffs, it enjoys an idyllic setting. Let’s take a look.
1/27/2014
Uzès: The Charm of Provence in Action

Uzès: The Charm of Provence in Action

Located in the Gard department, near Languedoc-Roussillon, the town of Uzès enjoys an exceptional setting. Rich in its architectural heritage and its mild southern climate, every year it attracts many tourists who are won over by the charm of Provence.
1/8/2014
The Southern Alps: Where Ski Resorts Boast Sun & Snow!

The Southern Alps: Where Ski Resorts Boast Sun & Snow!

With no less than 65 stations enjoying a unique location between the sea and the mountains, the Southern Alps are the ideal destination for your winter holidays. Here, snow and sun are certainly waiting for you! There’s something to satisfy everyone, experienced skiers and beginners alike.
1/6/2014
Provence in the Snow

Provence in the Snow

When Provence dons its winter coat, something magical and exceptional comes little by little to settle over the landscape. The leaves have completely fallen from the trees, temperatures have dropped and the mild weather gradually gives way to the first snowflakes, to the delight of locals.
1/3/2014
Discovering the Bouches-du-Rhône Region

Discovering the Bouches-du-Rhône Region

Heritage, scenic beauty, cultural events… there are so many things to do in Marseille, Arles and Saint-Rémy de Provence. Here’s a small overview of just some of the region’s assets.
12/26/2013
The Mistral: Provence’s Half-Demon, Half-Angel Wind

The Mistral: Provence’s Half-Demon, Half-Angel Wind

Who has never heard of the Mistral wind of Provence, with its many advantages and disadvantages? Half-angel, half-demon, it is at times appreciated, at times maligned...
12/21/2013
The Lautaret Garden : an Invitation to the Alps

The Lautaret Garden : an Invitation to the Alps

The Lautaret Garden is located in an idyllic setting; the botanical marvel is nestled in the Alps, at 2100 meters of altitude. This verdant oasis is home to rare plant species and delights researchers and hikers alike...
12/1/2013
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
Provence Style : A Vespa Getaway between the Alpilles and the Sainte-Victoire mountain

Provence Style : A Vespa Getaway between the Alpilles and the Sainte-Victoire mountain

And if you explored Provence differently? Hop on your Vespa and head for the sunlit roads between the Alpilles and the Mont Sainte-Victoire. Here we go !
10/18/2013
The La Barben Zoo : a Wild Getaway in the Heart of Provence

The La Barben Zoo : a Wild Getaway in the Heart of Provence

A few kilometers from the village of Salon de Provence, the La Barben Zoo provides a real change of scenery. Mammals, reptiles and birds delight visitors in this wildlife park committed to nature.
10/11/2013
Grape Harvest Time in the Sunny Vineyards of Aix-en-Provence...

Grape Harvest Time in the Sunny Vineyards of Aix-en-Provence...

As the autumn settles over Provence, let’s look back on the grape harvest, which just took place in the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence winemaking region. Now that the grapes have abandoned the vines, the 501 wine producers of this designation get down to work preparing their next delicious vintages.
10/8/2013
The Golden Mimosa, A Tree that Flowers in the Middle of Winter

The Golden Mimosa, A Tree that Flowers in the Middle of Winter

Each winter, around the month of February, the same ritual takes place. The inhabitants of Cannes, Grasse and Bormes les Mimosas come together for a very special walk. A promenade in the warm shadows of the Golden Mimosa tree…
10/8/2013
When Provence Puts on its Autumn Dress

When Provence Puts on its Autumn Dress

After the high-season turmoil of the summer, Provence rediscovers a little calm in the autumn. Losing neither its beauty nor its charm, it dresses in tones of orange and yellow, which warm up the landscape with the advent of the first misty mornings…
10/1/2013
The Sainte-Baume Forest : a Mystical & Shady Corner of Provence

The Sainte-Baume Forest : a Mystical & Shady Corner of Provence

Not far from the sea, and halfway between the two regions the Bouches-du-Rhône and the Var, the Sainte-Baume forest is one of the most popular shady spots in Provence, but also one of its most mystical, according to certain legends…
9/1/2013
La Louve Garden in Bonnieux : designer Greenery

La Louve Garden in Bonnieux : designer Greenery

Created in 1986 by Nicole de Vésian, a designer for Hermès, the La Louve Garden in Bonnieux in the Vaucluse region is one of the most beautiful private green spaces in all of France. Over 1,600m2, Provençale vegetation and minerals unite in a feast for the eyes.
8/29/2013
Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands

Porquerolles : the Jewel in the Crown of the Golden Islands

A few minutes by boat from the Giens Peninsula is Porquerolles, the most famous of Hyères’ Golden Islands. Combining idyllic beaches, a turquoise sea and a wild landscape, it’s a raw and precious gem of Provence.
8/27/2013
Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape

Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape

For some years now, in the heart of the Étang de Fangassier lagoon in Salin-de-Giraud, near Arles, pink flamingos have taken up residence and found an equilibrium there. Their breeding site, the only one in France, is protected but nevertheless is under threat. Everything possible is being done so that this wading bird stays in the Camargue.
8/22/2013
In the Heart of the Camargue Salt Harvest

In the Heart of the Camargue Salt Harvest

The salt harvest takes place at the end of summer within the 10,000-hectare Aigues-Mortes salt marshes. Camargue sea salt is collected there by ‘sauniers,’ the local salt workers and heirs of a long tradition.
8/21/2013
Five Essential Oils: A Repairing Complex

Five Essential Oils: A Repairing Complex

Extracts of plants by distillation, essential oils are known for being genuine concentrations of nature’s benefits. In Provence, the essential oils obtained present soothing, stimulating and refreshing benefits. Let’s discover the five plants contained in L’Occitane’s Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo: Angelica, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Ylang-Ylang and Geranium.
8/12/2013
Lavender, a Natural Heritage to Protect

Lavender, a Natural Heritage to Protect

Provence cannot be dissociated from lavender, which dresses with its blue-violet tones the hills and mountains of the region. It’s a precious natural, cultural and economic gem that could well disappear. Here’s why.
7/31/2013
Almond Trees Return to Provence

Almond Trees Return to Provence

Even though once it was one of the symbols of Provence, in the same way as the olive tree today, the almond tree practically disappeared last century. Since 2002, the Jaubert family has been reintroducing near Valensole this tree with its white flowers.
7/26/2013
The Saint-Michel Priory Garden, A Green Gem

The Saint-Michel Priory Garden, A Green Gem

In this summer period, we invite you to visit the Priory garden in the village Saint-Michel L’Observatoire. With its statue of Venus, its two-hundred-year-old olive trees, and fountains dating back centuries, it’s really worth the trip!
7/19/2013
From Cassis to La Ciotat, The Route of the Ridges

From Cassis to La Ciotat, The Route of the Ridges

A genuine alternative itinerary for lovers of sweeping panoramas, of freedom and vertigo, the Route of the Ridges (La Route des Crêtes) is well known to the inhabitants of Cassis to La Ciotat. Starting from Cassis, by car, a few minutes suffice to take you to the summit of the limestone cliffs plunging steeply into the little harbor, 300 meters below… In the distance, the landscape stretches from Marseille to La Ciotat, providing the majestic sight of the mountains, the cliffs and the Mediterranean islands.
7/15/2013
Le Mas du Naoc A Guesthouse in Cabris

Le Mas du Naoc A Guesthouse in Cabris

A few kilometers from Grasse, this guesthouse with its panoramic view over the bay of Cannes is an ode to life on the Côte d’Azur. A serene and secret address…
6/26/2013
Perfumed Siestas

Perfumed Siestas

From July 1 to August 31, Grasse invites you to the third edition of the Siestes Parfumées festival. The concept? Make the most of a relaxing experience in an exceptional setting. With, as a bonus, an olfactive universe to discover.
6/15/2013
The Iris of Provence, une beautiful story

The Iris of Provence, une beautiful story

In Provence, an elegant flower with white, yellow and purple petals dots gardens in May. The iris, with its majestic bearing and its powerful colors, handsomely heralds the spring. In Hyères, the Anffoso family has been cultivating it for over two generations.
5/29/2013
The Verdon Gorge, Nature in its Purest Form

The Verdon Gorge, Nature in its Purest Form

Oh, the Verdon Gorge! A unique experience to try in a kayak or a canoe. A visit to the heart of the gorge is a return to nature that will delight young and old alike. Come with us on our Provençale adventure!
5/23/2013
Why Grasse is the World Capital of Perfume

Why Grasse is the World Capital of Perfume

The town of Grasse, in the Cannes hinterland, is famous throughout the world for its perfume. Jasmine, roses, mimosa are just as many marvelous ingredients at the heart of the French perfume tradition. The International Perfume Museum in Grasse preserves this heritage via a collection as moving as it is surprising. Let’s visit!
4/15/2013
A walk amongst the almond trees

A walk amongst the almond trees

It’s in the midst of winter that Provençale almond trees come to life… Buds discreetly appear from the end of February with their pink hearts edged with pale green, allowing the first flower petals to break through. Nature awakens slowly but surely.
3/26/2013
Auron, ski in the Mercantour Valley

Auron, ski in the Mercantour Valley

At only one and a half hours from Nice and at 1,600 meters of altitude in the Mercantour Valley is the Auron ski station, a favorite weekend and winter holiday destinations for Riviera residents, and a family friendly and sunny station.
3/5/2013
A walk in Citronneraie Mazet in Menton

A walk in Citronneraie Mazet in Menton

Discover our private visit of the Mazet Citronneraie in Menton, with the elegant François Mazet. A magical place for a golden fruit, the lemon. With the amazing Jean Cocteau Museum, here is another reason to visit Menton!
2/28/2013
Saint-Saturnin les Apt, a cherry tree orchard

Saint-Saturnin les Apt, a cherry tree orchard

Just an hour away from Aix-en-Provence, the village of Saint-Saturnin-Lès-Apt is a favorite spot for those who love Provence and the Luberon. In the springtime, the area surrounding the village is adorned in white, thanks to fields of cherry trees. It’s a sight to behold !
2/6/2013
The Vallon des Auffes A Special Port in Marseille

The Vallon des Auffes A Special Port in Marseille

Come, we invite you to discover the Vallon des Auffes in Marseille, a charmingly old-fashioned little fishing port. You will fall in love with its picture postcard setting and its renowned restaurants.
12/27/2012
The Cedar Forest, An Enchanted Forest?

The Cedar Forest, An Enchanted Forest?

Above the hilltop village of Bonnieux, cedars dot the rounded summit of the Luberon Mountain. Under these long thin bluish spears is hidden a secret world.
10/15/2012
Bandol, A Provençale Village between Sky and Sea

Bandol, A Provençale Village between Sky and Sea

Despite its high number of tourists, this little corner of paradise in the Var region has managed to maintain its authenticity. Nestled between the hills and the Mediterranean, Bandol combines unites coastal beauty and rich inland regions.
10/6/2012
Antiquing in L'Isle sur Sorgue

Antiquing in L'Isle sur Sorgue

The second destination for French antique dealers after Saint-Ouen, L’Isle is a sure bet for vintage addicts. It’s also a city worth discovering, with its canals and charming little alleyways. Let’s visit !
10/1/2012
The Verdon Triathlon, an eco-friendly event

The Verdon Triathlon, an eco-friendly event

This association created by enthusiasts in 2000 participates closely in the organization of the Verdon Triathlon that takes place next October 6 and 7. Grégory Catus, President and Founder of the Association Athl'éthique, explains how this event is eco-friendly.
9/30/2012
The Salagon Gardens in Haute Provence

The Salagon Gardens in Haute Provence

Multiple and luxuriant, an exceptional place, enchanting and restful near Forcalquier.
9/5/2012
Sainte-Marguerite, The Island of Legends

Sainte-Marguerite, The Island of Legends

Facing the bay of Cannes, the Lérins Islands have over the centuries inspired many legends based on historical fact or wild rumor.
9/2/2012
The Lavender Harvest with Marguerite Blanc

The Lavender Harvest with Marguerite Blanc

In Ferrassières, right near Sault, Marguerite Blanc maintains a family tradition that has been handed down from father to son (and from mother to daughter): the lavender harvest.
8/27/2012
The Secret of Provence Ochres

The Secret of Provence Ochres

In the Luberon, red earth comes and adorns the landscape. And around the village of Roussillon, which prettily parades the color, the ochres give up all their secrets. Let’s go visit !
7/30/2012
The Abbey of Valsaintes and its Garden of a Thousand Provençale Perfumes

The Abbey of Valsaintes and its Garden of a Thousand Provençale Perfumes

The Abbey of Valsaintes perches at 600 meters of altitude in Simiane-le-Rotonde, between Carpentras and Digne-les-Bains. Inhabited by monks until the French Revolution, today the place has become a not-to-be-missed tourist destination in Provence, notably because of its garden rich with a vast rose garden and a 300-hundred-year-old oak tree.
7/12/2012
Verbena, The Sacred Herb

Verbena, The Sacred Herb

Heralding sunny days, refreshing swims and summer evenings, lemon verbena exhales its delicate lemony fragrance : the promise of an invigorating midsummer voyage.
7/3/2012
The Flower Market in Aix-en-Provence

The Flower Market in Aix-en-Provence

Three times a week, the plaza in front of the Hôtel de Ville in Aix is adorned with flowers. The people of Aix make a point of not missing out on this pleasure.
6/27/2012
Water is back in the fountain of Revest-des-Brousses

Water is back in the fountain of Revest-des-Brousses

A few weeks ago, a genuine event took place in the village Revest-des-Brousses, a little community of 250 habitants…
6/20/2012
Cade: A Versatile Tree

Cade: A Versatile Tree

Very common in the Provençale scrubland, Cade is a tree belonging to the Juniper family from which an oil is extracted that, due to its healing properties, is highly valued in cosmetics. An extremely hard wood, it is the enemy of chainsaws, and its sweet berry is appreciated in the kitchen…
6/4/2012
Gold for the Immortelle

Gold for the Immortelle

Last May 22, the L’Occitane Immortelle garden presented at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, a distinguished event in the UK, won the highly sought-after gold medal.
5/31/2012
The Fountains of Provence

The Fountains of Provence

The true heart of Provence villages, fountains are everywhere in the south of France. Landmarks, sources of water and coolness, but also meeting places, today they are preserved and restored like monuments.
5/24/2012
Pernes-les-Fontaines, Pearl of the Vaucluse

Pernes-les-Fontaines, Pearl of the Vaucluse

This city of 10,000 inhabitants is now officially one of the “most beautiful trips in France.” Between the villages Fontaine de Vaucluse and L’Isle-sur-Sorgue, this little town conceals many treasures, including forty public fountains. More than just a side trip, it’s a destination !
5/11/2012
Blushing with Pleasure for Peony Season

Blushing with Pleasure for Peony Season

Known since Antiquity for its medicinal, ornamental and cosmetic properties, venerated in China as the “king of flowers,” the Peony sends gardeners wild. For over 150 years, the Maison Rivière has cultivated these wonderous blossoms in countless variations…
4/13/2012
Angelica, The Elegant Lady of Provence

Angelica, The Elegant Lady of Provence

Angelica... Just its name is a promise of wonderful moments. This plant, to which magical properties are attributed, is today present in your beauty products, and assures deep moisturizing and vitality, perfect to start the spring, which promises to be glorious !
3/29/2012
The Reed-Cutters of Camargue

The Reed-Cutters of Camargue

In Camargue, the men who cut the reeds in the marshes are known as the “sagneurs”. A gorgeous book dedicated to them has just been released.
3/27/2012
Almond, the Bride of Provence

Almond, the Bride of Provence

It’s hard to miss the almond tree, with it’s precocious – almost rash – blossoming in February and March, which heralds the spring at last… The tree is covered with a white robe and prepares to deliver a thousand benefits to our skin !
3/2/2012
Jasmine, A Love Story

Jasmine, A Love Story

Delicate and precious, white in summer, yellow in winter, with a star or corolla shape, the plant rich with 200 species has adapted according to its continent and climate; all the better to intoxicate us!
2/6/2012
The Olive Harvest in Volx

The Olive Harvest in Volx

At the end of each year in Provence, the olives are harvested to produce the nectar of the Mediterranean. Olivier Chertier, olive oil producer, welcomes us to his mill in the Luberon for the harvest.
1/23/2012
The Shea Adventure

The Shea Adventure

All the ingredients used in L'OCCITANE products have a special relationship to nature, and to the beautiful region of Provence. However one stands out from its counterparts, by its distant origins, coming straight from Burkina Faso…
1/17/2012
Fall's Olive-Picking Ritual

Fall's Olive-Picking Ritual

Olive picking is taking place at the moment in Provence, and for certain aficionados it's a special time to share with friends in the great outdoors.
12/9/2011
Land in the Heart of the Grand Canyon...

Land in the Heart of the Grand Canyon...

Cancel your expensive tickets to Aspen… You can escape to the mountains in Provence! A genuine must-see if you’re hanging around the Luberon, the Ocher Mountains are a unique experience in France.
12/6/2011
The Var Olive Route

The Var Olive Route

A discovery tour of the thousand and one tracks running between mills, cooperatives, museums and olive growing estates in the Var region.
10/23/2011
The Blue Gold of Provence

The Blue Gold of Provence

Lavender, the plant that symbolizes Provence, has an intimate relationship with the region. Ever-present to the eye from June to September when it flowers, the little blue spikes possess a strong emotional charge.
10/12/2011
A Perfumed Walk in the Corsican Scrub

A Perfumed Walk in the Corsican Scrub

In the hills around Porto Vecchio, the botanist Stéphane Rogliano leads sensorial walks for nature lovers. Jean-Louis Pierrisnard, director of the Research and Development department at L'Occitane en Provence, recounts his experience.
10/4/2011
The Eternal 'Immortelle'

The Eternal 'Immortelle'

This wild plant from Corsica with the mysterious and poetic name “l’Immortelle” possesses many properties that L’OCCITANE en Provence has been researching for over ten years in order to perfect its anti-aging skincare products. Let’s take a look at this wild beauty.
9/15/2011
Lazing Around at the Hameau de Pivochet

Lazing Around at the Hameau de Pivochet

Nestled in the middle of the Luberon Natural Park, between the villages of Apt and Manosque, the Hameau Pivochet is an ideal haven to take a break. Combining old stones with a sober décor, it’s all the charm of Provence in action…
9/6/2011
Amazing Sainte Victoire

Amazing Sainte Victoire

The most famous mountain of Provence is internationally known thanks to Paul Cézanne who painted her in more than 80 of his canvases. And we sure can undertsand him : this beauty that keeps an eye on Aix en Provence, offers everyday a different face...
6/17/2011