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Three Great Literary Classics About Provence

Three Great Literary Classics About Provence

L'Occitane presents essential reading for exploring Provence in literature. Let’s discover these books published throughout the world, where the region is represented in an inspiring and poetic way.
9/1/2015
A Journey to the Heart of the Most Beautiful Markets of Provence

A Journey to the Heart of the Most Beautiful Markets of Provence

Occupying village squares, the markets of Provence are one of the symbols of the region. Between stalls of seasonal fruit and vegetables, traditional fabrics and local produce, these exuberant events are enjoyed throughout the year in a medley of color and scent.
7/8/2015
The Crespeou, The Traditional Provençal Layered Omelet

The Crespeou, The Traditional Provençal Layered Omelet

With the arrival of the warm months, the Crespeou returns to the table as a prized recipe at the aperitif or for summer meals. Originally from the Upper Vaucluse region, this savory cake made of layered omelets, rich in color and flavor, is a simple recipe loved by all gourmets!
6/29/2015
La Coquillade, An Ecological Gem in the Heart of the Luberon

La Coquillade, An Ecological Gem in the Heart of the Luberon

On a hill surrounded by vineyards, La Coquillade estate spreads out like a charming hamlet, combining true refinement with an environmental approach. It’s the ideal destination for a peaceful getaway.
6/25/2015
Our Pick of the Running Tracks of Provence

Our Pick of the Running Tracks of Provence

One of the most accessible sports, and so good for your health, running is attracting more and more fans. For simple jogging or competitive training, discover some of the best routes to take during your next running session under the Provence sun.
6/23/2015
Zespà, The Little Espadrilles Label From Aix-En-Provence Grows Up

Zespà, The Little Espadrilles Label From Aix-En-Provence Grows Up

School friends Jeremy Amar, Jonathan Agrifoglio and Frederic Blas are behind Zespà, a brand of espadrilles with cutting-edge style. Let’s take a look back over the career of these three locals from Aix, who have managed to seduce the fashion world with their Made in France reinterpretation of the classic shoe.
6/19/2015
The Most Beautiful Beaches of Corsica

The Most Beautiful Beaches of Corsica

Between its crystalline sea, wild native scrubland and imperious mountains, Corsica truly deserves its nickname of Isle of Beauty. This island paradise with tropical appeal offers travelers some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean.
6/17/2015
Isabelle Brémond, Provence in her Blood

Isabelle Brémond, Provence in her Blood

General Manager of the Bouches-du-Rhône Tourist Board, Isabelle Brémond is first and foremost passionate about the region where she grew up. With generosity, she shares her story, achievements and aspirations for this rich territory that she continues to appreciate day after day.
6/15/2015
Van Gogh's Drawings On Show in Arles

Van Gogh's Drawings On Show in Arles

One year after its inauguration, the Van Gogh Foundation in Arles is readying to present almost fifty drawings by the Dutch painter. It’s a fabulous homage to a little-known facet of this visionary artist, better known for his brushstrokes than his drawing skills.
6/11/2015
Rose, The Queen of Flowers

Rose, The Queen of Flowers

Throughout history, the rose has always conquered as much with its delicate scent as its legendary beauty. The undisputed muse of artists, the absolute emblem of love, and the leading scent for perfume makers, the one known as the “queen of flowers" enchants each and every one of us with its many virtues.
6/9/2015
Meet Michel Patrizio, Mosaic Artist

Meet Michel Patrizio, Mosaic Artist

At 67 years old, the renowned mosaic artist Michel Patrizio shares, in all simplicity, the fruit of his 40 years of experience in Marseille's oldest workshop. Let’s look back on the singular career of this local boy, today one the profession’s most iconic figures.
6/5/2015
When Nature becomes Art at the Domaine du Rayol

When Nature becomes Art at the Domaine du Rayol

Nestled at the foot of the Massif des Maures mountain range, the Domaine du Rayol Mediterranean garden is preparing to welcome, for this second edition, artists of different sensibilities to its land art festival. It’s a unique cultural event where nature and creativity combine in a raw state.
6/1/2015
The Verbena Cocktail: A Fresh Summer Drink by Guillaume Ferroni

The Verbena Cocktail: A Fresh Summer Drink by Guillaume Ferroni

With summer approaching, the bartender Guillaume Ferroni shares a recipe for a refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail, where lime and verbena form a refreshing duo of Provencal accents, to be enjoyed without moderation!
5/28/2015
Le Clos de Rohan, Rustic Charm par Excellence

Le Clos de Rohan, Rustic Charm par Excellence

Nestled between the fragrant local scrub, the garrigue, and fields of lavender, the Clos de Rohan is home to an intimate guesthouse with an elegant décor. A haven imbued with an atmosphere typical of the Southern Alps, where the song of the cicadas is the only timekeeper.
5/26/2015

"Femme Lavande" an Intoxicating Exhibition by Jean-François Mutzig

Fascinated by life’s rare moments, the photographer Jean-François Mutzig has immortalized the many tourists strolling on the Valensole plateau during the summer season, with an exhibition entitled "Femme Lavande” or “Lavender Woman”.
5/22/2015
Escapade by the Sea on the Var Coast

Escapade by the Sea on the Var Coast

Running along the Saint-Tropez peninsula, an ancient coastal path provides walkers with beautiful strolls between land and sea. Prized for the diversity of its landscapes, this track is surrounded by sublime landscapes in the heart of protected wilderness.
5/20/2015
Christine Rey, Le Bleuet’s New Lucky Star

Christine Rey, Le Bleuet’s New Lucky Star

In the little village of Banon, perched on a mountainside between the Lure and Ventoux, Christine Rey, with her husband’s support, have just relaunched the bookstore Le Bleuet, renowned for the wealth of its collections. A gamble for this bold woman from Avignon, determined to proudly fly the flag of this temple to books.
5/18/2015
Annelie Schubert’s Minimalism Rewarded at the Hyères Festival

Annelie Schubert’s Minimalism Rewarded at the Hyères Festival

On the occasion of the Var festival’s 30th edition, the fashion designer Annelie Schubert was awarded the coveted "Grand Prix First Vision." A distinction earned by her minimal silhouettes focusing on a reinterpreted apron.
5/14/2015
Men from Provence of their Times

Men from Provence of their Times

Often possessing a taste for boules and pastis, the Provençal male cannot, however, be reduced to these charming clichés. Winemaker, fashion designer, chef or sculptor, here are four unique personalities that reflect the many facets of this man from the South.
5/12/2015
The citron, The Perfectly Flawed Fruit

The citron, The Perfectly Flawed Fruit

Within the citrus family, the citron, or cédrat in French, is not everybody’s favorite. With its rough skin and marked sourness, this ancestor to the lemon nevertheless demonstrates remarkable aromatic, culinary and cosmetic properties.
5/8/2015
The Hôtel de Caumont Morphs into an Exceptional Museum

The Hôtel de Caumont Morphs into an Exceptional Museum

Located in the Mazarin district, in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, the Hôtel de Caumont reopened on May 6, 2015 after an 18-month overhaul. This eighteenth-century jewel turned art center is readying to write a new page in its history.
5/6/2015
Flaveur, A Gourmet Odyssey in the Heart of Nice

Flaveur, A Gourmet Odyssey in the Heart of Nice

Just steps from the Avenue Jean Medecin and the Massena Square, the Tourteaux brothers compose with subtlety Mediterranean dishes seasoned with an exotic touch. This fusion spirit is experienced through a unique culinary journey, with the South as unique landmark.
5/4/2015
Get Ready for Summer with our 3 Beauty Essentials

Get Ready for Summer with our 3 Beauty Essentials

The return of spring heralds a change in your beauty routine. Between essential rituals and practical advice, L'Occitane give you some tips to adopt immediately if you want to make the transition smoothly, and approach the summer in style!
5/1/2015
Provence. The Best Recipes – Salade Niçoise

Provence. The Best Recipes – Salade Niçoise

Neither lettuce nor rice nor beans nor potatoes belong in an authentic Salade Niçoise. The only variation tolerated is to replace on special occasions the anchovy by tuna in oil, or even grilled tuna. But never combine tuna and anchovies!
4/29/2015
The Maison Jalon: A Subtle Union of Designer & Retro Style

The Maison Jalon: A Subtle Union of Designer & Retro Style

Revealing its rugged silhouette in sunny Provence, the Maison Jalon is the latest project from Laetitia and Dimitri. A duo in work and in life, they cultivate a taste for detail and sense of hospitality in a beautiful contemporary setting.
4/27/2015
L'OCCITANE Continues its Support of Japanese Craftsmen

L'OCCITANE Continues its Support of Japanese Craftsmen

Four years after the tsunami that rocked Fukushima, L'OCCITANE continues to give aid to the inhabitants of the Japanese archipelago. An initiative that today sees three artisans from the Tohoku region, particularly affected by the disaster, invited to discover the art of Provencal markets.
4/23/2015
The Tradition of the Provencal Baby Basket

The Tradition of the Provencal Baby Basket

Rich in symbols, Provencal traditions have been defining the region’s identity since ancient times. Among them, the baby gift basket, forgotten for a time, is returning to fashion as a gesture of affection upon arrival of a newborn.
4/20/2015
Our Selection of the Most Beautiful Gardens of Provence

Our Selection of the Most Beautiful Gardens of Provence

Romantic and wild, exotic or classic, Provence is overflowing with idyllic gardens. So many havens combining poetry and serenity, to discover or rediscover for Mother's Day, during a trip marked by memories and mysteries.
4/16/2015
Hot on the Heels of Emma François, Founder of Sessùn

Hot on the Heels of Emma François, Founder of Sessùn

From a simple hobby to finance her studies, Emma François has made her bohemian accented label Sessùn a favorite with fashionistas. Sixteen years after her debut, this Marseillaise at heart sets herself a new challenge with the design of a first wedding dress collection "Yes"!
4/13/2015
Grasse & the Art of Perfumery on Display at L'OCCITANE Museum

Grasse & the Art of Perfumery on Display at L'OCCITANE Museum

After paying tribute to women in business in Burkina Faso, the L'OCCITANE Museum unveils a new temporary exhibition related to the craft of perfume. So much ancestral knowledge at the heart of the Grasse region’s identity, on show until May 30, 2015.
4/9/2015
Welcome to the Jardin Montgrand

Welcome to the Jardin Montgrand

Installed in a beautiful mansion in the sixth district of Marseille, the Jardin Montgrand opens its doors this April 4, 2015. From famous labels to young designers, this "boutique-gallery" with a unique style promises great finds.
4/3/2015
The Festival de Pâques: A Rendezvous for the Music Lovers of Provence

The Festival de Pâques: A Rendezvous for the Music Lovers of Provence

For the third year in a row, the Festival de Pâques is readying to delight classical music lovers. An event of growing popularity, that brings together the cream of artists of the genre, in the heart of the city of art of Aix-en-Provence.
3/30/2015
Provence, The Best Recipes – Panisses

Provence, The Best Recipes – Panisses

In the village of Estaque, just west of Marseille, they don’t eat fries but rather servings of panisse, a fried chickpea flour preparation, originating from Liguria. This chickpea preparation is known as ‘cade’ in Toulon and ‘socca’ in Nice, where it is cooked over a wood fire in a huge dish, and its dough includes olive oil. Chickpeas remain the No. 1 ingredient in local street food of the region!
3/28/2015
The Maison des Remparts, Sweet Refuge of Provencal Lifestyle

The Maison des Remparts, Sweet Refuge of Provencal Lifestyle

Nestled at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains in the Vaucluse region, the Maison des Remparts impresses with its unique style, combining old world charm with contemporary notes. Jerome and Geraldine Thuillier fell in love with the place and have created such a sweet haven there.
3/26/2015
The Mediterranean House of Fashion Trades

The Mediterranean House of Fashion Trades

Since its inception in 1988, the Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode (MMMM) fashion college has continued to make its mark on the Marseille textile industry. Its president Matthieu Gamet shares his ambitions to raise Marseille to the status of a fashion capital.
3/24/2015
Iris Pallida, Grasse’s Precious Blue Gold

Iris Pallida, Grasse’s Precious Blue Gold

Native to Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, the Iris Pallida has gradually acclimatized to the soil of Provence, especially around Grasse, where it’s become a valuable ingredient for making perfume.
3/20/2015
L’Occitane Makes the Top 15

L’Occitane Makes the Top 15 "Life-Changing" Spa Treatments

Since 2001, L'OCCITANE has been committed to creating spas in its image. According to Yahoo Travel’s latest ranking, these sensual rituals devised around a journey to Provence rank among those beauty treatments that could "change your life".
3/16/2015
The Creative Canteen Urban Kitchen delights Marseille

The Creative Canteen Urban Kitchen delights Marseille

Recently opened, in between the Allianz Tower and the 26th Centenary Park, Urban Kitchen is Marseille’s new temple to creative cuisine: an unusual address where creation and recreation mingle, to the delight of your taste buds!
3/13/2015
The MAMAC Museum Revisits its Classics with the Exhibition “Collectors”

The MAMAC Museum Revisits its Classics with the Exhibition “Collectors”

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Nice (MAMAC) spotlights more than 200 major works from its permanent collection, for a rare retrospective that demonstrates many of the major artistic trajectories from 1960 to today.
3/11/2015
The Art of Wood Carving with Matthias Malet

The Art of Wood Carving with Matthias Malet

Native to the Luberon region, Matthias Malet carves green wood from the Mediterranean basin. From his workshop in Lourmarin, the artist follows his inspirations, working his craft with dexterity and poetry.
3/9/2015
Almond, The Sweet Elixir of Provence

Almond, The Sweet Elixir of Provence

Sweet and bountiful, the almond has many qualities. A beauty treatment or gourmet ingredient, this wonderful nut is at the service of wellbeing in all its forms.
3/6/2015
In the Light of the Greats of the Italian Renaissance

In the Light of the Greats of the Italian Renaissance

For its fourth edition, the Carrières de Lumières festival invites Renaissance Italian painters to exhibit on its white limestone walls. It’s a unique opportunity to participate in a sensory journey to the heart of the history of art.
3/4/2015
Façonnable : The Consecration of the French Riviera style

Façonnable : The Consecration of the French Riviera style

Born under the French Riviera sun, Façonnable has been tastefully revisiting its tailoring heritage in recent years. A major turning point began with the creation of a more sportswear wardrobe, in tune with the codes that have made such a success of the Nice label.
3/2/2015
Spotlight on Provence’s New Michelin Stars

Spotlight on Provence’s New Michelin Stars

On 2 February 2015, French gastronomy’s famous red guide unveiled the 609 graduates of its 2015 edition. This major event crowned with a star no less than nine Provencal chefs for their cuisine of southern accents.
2/27/2015
Provence, The Best Recipes – Pan Bagnat

Provence, The Best Recipes – Pan Bagnat

Literally meaning "wet bread," the traditional sandwich of the fishermen and workers of Nice is soaked in olive oil and tomato juice. Its filling is a cousin to the Salade Niçoise. Enjoy some real Provencal street food!
2/25/2015
An Artistic Feast by Provencal Chefs

An Artistic Feast by Provencal Chefs

On display at Marseille’s Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM) since last October, the exhibition Food examines our relationship to food. For the occasion, twenty chefs responded to an unusual culinary challenge: to create a dish or a dessert inspired by one of the works presented.
2/24/2015
Jean-Luc Rivière, The Peony Farmer

Jean-Luc Rivière, The Peony Farmer

Jean-Luc Rivière is the sixth generation to run his renowned peony farm. Established in the town of Crest, the farm is not just an example of expert agriculture, it’s a great family story.
2/23/2015
La Bastide de Gordes, At the Heart of the Dream of Provence

La Bastide de Gordes, At the Heart of the Dream of Provence

Overlooking the Luberon ranges from the cliffs of Gordes, the hotel La Bastide de Gordes occupies an enchanting setting. It’s a privileged port of call for a visit where luxury, charm and authenticity mingle.
2/20/2015
Valerie Ciccarelli’s Whimsical & Poetic World

Valerie Ciccarelli’s Whimsical & Poetic World

Designer, artist and jeweler, Valerie Ciccarelli left her native Marseille in order to better return. Delighting in diverting established codes, this rebellious artist fascinates with her unusual jewelry, combining XXL proportions with a large variety of raw materials.
2/19/2015
Discovering the First Organic Bread School

Discovering the First Organic Bread School

In the Jabron Valley, the Thomas Teffri-Chambelland international baking school provides future bakers with a program between tradition and innovation.
2/18/2015
Truffle Hunting at Mount Ventoux

Truffle Hunting at Mount Ventoux

Provence’s legendary summit, Mount Ventoux is a privileged place to visit in any season. At the time of the truffle harvest, this land of flavors attracts many visitors, determined to find the famous ‘black diamond.’
2/16/2015
The Provencal Mother, Source of All Inspiration!

The Provencal Mother, Source of All Inspiration!

As protector, moral support, and example to follow, the maternal figure has a special place in the hearts of the people of Provence. A boundless source of inspiration, she has been paid tribute from the four corners of the region since time immemorial.
2/14/2015
Immortelle, The Flower of A Thousand Benefits

Immortelle, The Flower of A Thousand Benefits

Native to Corsica, the fascinating Immortelle flower never fades, even once picked. This mysterious power is among the multiple qualities of this "golden sun," today recognized for its powerful properties.
2/12/2015
L'OCCITANE Supports Women in Business in Burkina Faso

L'OCCITANE Supports Women in Business in Burkina Faso

Supporting women's leadership in Burkina Faso since 2006, the L'OCCITANE Foundation details its commitment with an exhibition running until 31 March.
2/10/2015
Three Addresses for a Romantic Getaway in Provence

Three Addresses for a Romantic Getaway in Provence

Dreaming of an escape with your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? Whether you’re a fan of refined, bohemian or contemporary breaks, here's a selection of places to discover without delay for love under the sun in Provence.
2/7/2015
Art in Motion at Station Alexandre

Art in Motion at Station Alexandre

Nestled in the heart of the Canet neighborhood, Station Alexandre is in constant transformation. Here you’ll find neither gallery nor theatre, the cultural space emerges according to what occupies the former freight yard, today an absolute must in Marseille.
2/5/2015
Top Three Festivals in Provence in February

Top Three Festivals in Provence in February

In all seasons, Provence celebrates its rich cultural heritage and the beauty of its land with joy. Don’t miss any of the fun, and discover the best of the month via three highlights centered in the Alpes-Maritimes region.
2/3/2015
Provence, The Best Recipes – Navette Biscuits

Provence, The Best Recipes – Navette Biscuits

Shaped like small boats, these biscuits are typically served at Candlemas, on February 2. They commemorate the arrival of the Three Marys to the Camargue by boat. And if all over France, we eat pancakes on that day, in Marseille we munch on Navettes.
1/29/2015
Mathias Bettinger’s White Truffle Tagliatelle

Mathias Bettinger’s White Truffle Tagliatelle

With pride of place this season, the white truffle is prepared in so many ways to satisfy the most demanding palates. Mathias Bettinger, Chef at the Château des Alpilles, divulges an original recipe that pairs the famous "white gold" with delicious homemade tagliatelle, in the spirit of his Mediterranean cuisine.
1/27/2015
The Revival of the Apothecary

The Revival of the Apothecary

This bygone profession is making a comeback today in response to the public’s growing enthusiasm for nature’s many virtues, especially those of plants.
1/24/2015
Provencal Craftsmanship at the Verrerie de Biot Glass Factory

Provencal Craftsmanship at the Verrerie de Biot Glass Factory

Established in 1956, the Verrerie de Biot glass factory hasn’t lost its luster. Famous throughout the world, it continues to pay tribute to local craftsmanship.
1/20/2015
The Real Andy Warhol on Display in Marseille

The Real Andy Warhol on Display in Marseille

An exceptional collection is on display at the MAC Marseille from 6 December 2014 to 12 April 2015. Rediscover Warhol through his most intimate memories.
1/19/2015
Sophisticated Home Cooking at La Closerie

Sophisticated Home Cooking at La Closerie

The family restaurant created by Olivier and Delphine Alemany, La Closerie has made its home in Ansouis, where it offers fine cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
1/13/2015
Life is a Dream at Hotel Mademoiselle

Life is a Dream at Hotel Mademoiselle

Located in Juan-les-Pins, Hotel Mademoiselle elegantly combines design and whimsy. It’s an ideal place to escape for a break in the heart of the Riviera.
1/12/2015
Connecting with Young Contemporary Artists at the Villa Alliv

Connecting with Young Contemporary Artists at the Villa Alliv

In Marseille, graffiti artists, designers and musicians have found a new headquarters. Welcome to Villa Alliv, a multidisciplinary and quirky place, dedicated to contemporary art in all its forms.
1/9/2015
L’Igloo, A Showcase for Nordic Design in Aix-en-Provence

L’Igloo, A Showcase for Nordic Design in Aix-en-Provence

Since L’Igloo took up residence on Rue Constantin last May, this decoration shop with a Scandinavian vibe has been a breath of fresh air in the heart of Aix-en-Provence.
1/8/2015
The Winter Flea Markets of Provence

The Winter Flea Markets of Provence

The winter will be sweet for collectors, when many flea markets take place all over Provence. A boon for all lovers of objects, books and furniture!
1/6/2015
Five Resolutions for 2015!

Five Resolutions for 2015!

New Year is fast approaching, along with the resolutions that go with it! This year, Provence inspires us like a promise issued to a wonderful region.
12/29/2014
All the Charm & Splendor of the French Riviera at the Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel

All the Charm & Splendor of the French Riviera at the Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel

On a peninsula hidden at the heart of the French Riviera, the Cap Beach Hotel offers a magical and intimate setting, for a guaranteed getaway.
12/19/2014
Artisans Run in the Family at the Confiserie Lilamand

Artisans Run in the Family at the Confiserie Lilamand

For five generations, the Confiserie Lilamand has been manufacturing candied fruit in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. A local tradition with a bright future.
12/15/2014
My Best Christmas Memories in Provence

My Best Christmas Memories in Provence

In December, Provence changes appearance. Families are 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
Four Ski Resorts with Views of the Mediterranean

Four Ski Resorts with Views of the Mediterranean

A major summer destination, the French Riviera is famous above all for its beaches. But discover the snowy side of the Riviera, which offers miles of ski trails in the winter.
12/11/2014
Manufactured in Provence

Manufactured in Provence

Nestled inside their pretty yellow boutiques, L'Occitane products can be found in every corner of the planet. Yet they are indeed Manufactured in Provence! Come behind the scenes of your favorite cosmetics company, inspired by this sublime region.
12/10/2014
La Terrasse de Lurs: Provence on a Plate

La Terrasse de Lurs: Provence on a Plate

La Terrasse de Lurs restaurant, which opened in November 2014, stands at the center of an outstanding site. Its chef, David Arcos, hopes to make it a welcoming place.
12/9/2014
Château Eza, Luxury in the Heart of History

Château Eza, Luxury in the Heart of History

In Eze, a hilltop village located between Nice and Monaco, stands a medieval building, today known as the Château Eza. Combining luxury and charm, this hotel promises a unique experience.
12/7/2014
La Biscuiterie de Forcalquier Has a Taste for Tradition

La Biscuiterie de Forcalquier Has a Taste for Tradition

Olivier Baussan, founder of L'Occitane en Provence, has established his Provencal cookie factory on the outskirts of the village of Forcalquier. Yet another way to showcase his region.
12/5/2014
The King Cake of Provence: A Traditional Epiphany Dessert

The King Cake of Provence: A Traditional Epiphany Dessert

Celebrated just after Christmas and New Year's Eve, on January 6 each year, Epiphany is the opportunity, in Provence, to taste the traditional ‘Couronne des Rois’ king cake.
12/4/2014
The MuCEM Exhibits Raymond Depardon’s Work in Color

The MuCEM Exhibits Raymond Depardon’s Work in Color

Raymond Depardon, who is best known for his photographs in black and white, exhibits in color. The MuCEM, the new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseille, hosts his works until March 2015.
12/4/2014
The Réattu Museum, A Temple to the Arts

The Réattu Museum, A Temple to the Arts

Calling all photography fans! The fine arts museum, the Musée Réattu in Arles should not be missed. Let’s take a look.
11/30/2014
Discovering the Narreyroux Valley

Discovering the Narreyroux Valley

Calling all lovers of the great outdoors. The Narreyroux Valley is a little corner of paradise in the heart of Provence, and a perfect destination for hikers.
11/26/2014
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
Arles Home to A Tower Designed by Frank Gehry in 2018

Arles Home to A Tower Designed by Frank Gehry in 2018

In Arles, a 10-acre cultural complex conceived by the LUMA Foundation will be built. At the heart of this ambitious project is an ultramodern building designed by architect Frank Gehry.
11/25/2014
Jean-Claude Carbonne On Show at the L'OCCITANE Museum

Jean-Claude Carbonne On Show at the L'OCCITANE Museum

After showcasing the work of Catherine Gardone, the L'OCCITANE Museum closes its annual program with a new temporary exhibition of photographs by Jean-Claude Carbonne, running until 31 December 2014.
11/25/2014
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
Provencal Landscapes in Fall

Provencal Landscapes in Fall

Without a doubt, autumn in Provence is magical. The leaves change to orange and yellow and the landscape is adorned with the warm colors typical of the change of season.
11/4/2014
Mushroom Hunting in the Névache Valley

Mushroom Hunting in the Névache Valley

Fall is the perfect season for picking mushrooms, and especially ceps. If you’re close to the Hautes-Alpes department of Provence, put on a pair of boots and pick up a wicker basket: the Névache Valley is waiting, for an unforgettable walk through the forest.
11/3/2014
The Regards de Provence Museum: A Landmark Site

The Regards de Provence Museum: A Landmark Site

Calling all art lovers: the completely refurbished Regards de Provence Museum is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to the city of Marseille.
10/29/2014
The Clé des Songes Guesthouse: A Dreamy Home in Provence

The Clé des Songes Guesthouse: A Dreamy Home in Provence

Located in the heart of the Bouches-du-Rhone department, in the town of Bouc-Bel-Air, at the gates of Aix-en-Provence, the guest house La Clé des Songes welcomes you year-round, in a charming establishment where time seems to stand still...
10/16/2014
Jacquemus: Under the

Jacquemus: Under the "Parasols of Marseille!"

Originally from Mallemort, a small town between Marseille and Avignon, Simon Porte Jacquemus caused a sensation last Paris Fashion Week when he presented a collection directly inspired by the city of Marseille. Summer, here we come!
10/14/2014
Elisabeth Ferriol’s Passion for Fabric

Elisabeth Ferriol’s Passion for Fabric

Passionate about fabric, and an ex Arles beauty queen from the 1970s, Elizabeth Ferriol practices “pinceautage,” a technique of painting on fabric dating from the seventeenth century.
10/10/2014
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 Arlesienne: The Artist’s Muse

The Arlesienne: The Artist’s Muse

Embodying the Provencal woman in all her splendor, the Arlesienne has inspired, and continues to inspire today, many artists, all seduced by her grace, elegance and mysterious beauty.
10/3/2014
Château de la Bégude, An Invitation to Luxury

Château de la Bégude, An Invitation to Luxury

Located in Opio on the French Riviera between Cannes, Grasse and Nice, the Château de la Bégude comes to life in the heart of a beautiful estate dating from the seventeenth century. Luxury, relaxation and fine dining are on the program, making for a memorable and rejuvenating stay.
10/1/2014
Aromachologie by L’OCCITANE

Aromachologie by L’OCCITANE

L'OCCITANE presents its new Aromachologie collection and reissues for the occasion its first ever bottle, designed by Olivier Baussan in 1976. Authenticity and effectiveness are guaranteed!
9/27/2014
The Jardin des Cordeliers: A Voyage of Discovery

The Jardin des Cordeliers: A Voyage of Discovery

Nestled in the heart of the town of Digne-les-Bains in the Alps of Haute-Provence, the Cordeliers botanical garden makes for an exotic change of scenery and is a true piece of paradise to visit alone, with friends or family.
9/26/2014
Organic Wines from the Sainte Marie de Pierredon Abbey

Organic Wines from the Sainte Marie de Pierredon Abbey

Located in the heart of the Alpilles in St. Remy de Provence, the Sainte Marie de Pierredon Abbey produces certified organic wines. Red, rosé, white, the choice is yours!
9/25/2014
Apricot & Almond Tart

Apricot & Almond Tart

In the mood for a sweet break? Virginia Besançon shares the secrets of the Apricot and Almond Tart that she prepares in her restaurant Les Petites Tables in Volx. A guaranteed delight!
9/23/2014
Zucchini Carpaccio with Parmesan & Lemon Olive Oil

Zucchini Carpaccio with Parmesan & Lemon Olive Oil

Not sure what to prepare for your guests? At the head of the restaurant Les Petites Tables in Volx, Virginia Besançon shares a typical Provencal recipe with us that is easy to make. Treat yourself!
9/23/2014
The Truffle in all its Forms at La Beaugravière!

The Truffle in all its Forms at La Beaugravière!

Specialized in truffles, La Beaugravière is one of the finest restaurants of the Vaucluse region! Based in Mondragon, this establishment led by Guy Jullien is definitely worth a visit.
9/22/2014
Refuge d’Art: In the Footsteps of Andy Goldsworthy

Refuge d’Art: In the Footsteps of Andy Goldsworthy

Want to live an unforgettable experience and discover the beauty of the Digne region? Refuge d'Art is an innovative project that combines contemporary art, hiking and rural heritage.
9/20/2014
A Provencal Brunch at Les Petites Tables!

A Provencal Brunch at Les Petites Tables!

Passing through Volx? Make sure to visit Les Petites Tables, a restaurant located inside the Olive Tree Eco-Museum. On site, Virginia Besançon and Josephine Pirolet will welcome you for a tasty Provencal brunch. Let’s eat!
9/18/2014
It’s Still Summer in Provence!

It’s Still Summer in Provence!

Sun ever present, temperatures around 30 degrees, loads of cultural events... In Provence, summer is here to stay! The proof here in our selection of five key events.
9/8/2014
The Most Beautiful Beaches of the French Riviera

The Most Beautiful Beaches of the French Riviera

Synonymous with paradise, the French Riviera is full of beautiful beaches to explore alone or with family. Sand, pebbles, rocks... There's something for everyone! Here’s a panorama of the five most beautiful beaches in the region.
8/23/2014
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
A Walk Through the Heart of the Camargue!

A Walk Through the Heart of the Camargue!

Beautiful, fantastic, amazing and exotic, the Camargue is a little corner of paradise. Near Arles in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, it offers visitors beautiful landscapes of protected nature.
8/9/2014
The Arlesienne, The Designers’ Muse

The Arlesienne, The Designers’ Muse

A mysterious and mythical character, the Arlesienne embodies the Provencal woman. After inspiring artists like Van Gogh, Picasso and Bizet, it’s the fashion designer Christian Lacroix who pays tribute to her in a moving exhibition, part of the Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles 2014 festival.
8/8/2014
Thé Mandarine: Straight from the Kitchen

Thé Mandarine: Straight from the Kitchen

Fancy a sweet break? Located in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, the tearoom Thé Mandarine is a little temple of gluttony serving homemade pastries but also quiches. Treat yourself!
8/6/2014
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
Aromachology, Aromatherapy, The Power of Plants

Aromachology, Aromatherapy, The Power of Plants

Essential oils are at the heart of aromachology and aromatherapy. Tachka Sofer, a specialist in ethnobotany and unstoppable on the benefits of plants, decrypts these traditional disciplines for you.
8/4/2014
Bonne Mère, The Marseille Soap in All Its Forms

Bonne Mère, The Marseille Soap in All Its Forms

Bonne Mère! This is the affectionate name that the master soap-makers of Marseille once gave to the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, protector of the city. L'OCCITANE has chosen this name to make a colorful tribute to this Provençal know-how.
8/3/2014
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
Secrets for Surviving the Heat

Secrets for Surviving the Heat

The temperature is slowly approaching 95°F and with it the stress of a sweltering heat wave. Don’t panic, this year you’ll be equipped to survive with confidence. Between practical advice and favorite products, we share our most valuable secrets with you to minimize the effects of the heat.
7/28/2014
Circa in Arles: Vintage in the House!

Circa in Arles: Vintage in the House!

Calling all fans of vintage furniture. Located in the heart of Arles, Circa is a little temple to vintage decoration. Between furniture dating from the 30s to the 70s and contemporary pieces, it’s impossible not to find what you’re looking for.
7/28/2014
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
Ten Beauty Essentials to Slip in to Your Suitcase

Ten Beauty Essentials to Slip in to Your Suitcase

This year, the focus is on traveling light. We’re over luggage weighing more than we do in beauty products. On vacation, we’re investing in travel size formats. Practical for flying without getting half of your vanity confiscated, L’Occitane mini formats will save your summer. And your beauty routine! Here’s the proof in 10 essentials.
7/25/2014
Quai 70 Restaurant: The Epitome of Design!

Quai 70 Restaurant: The Epitome of Design!

Opened in 2010 close to Aix-en-Provence in the greater Puyricard area, Pier 70 offers its guests a mouthwatering cuisine, at once traditional and creative. All within an elegant designer setting.
7/21/2014
The Van Gogh Foundation in Arles Reopens its Doors

The Van Gogh Foundation in Arles Reopens its Doors

After three years of renovations, the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation in Arles reopened its doors to the public on April 7, 2014. For the occasion, the establishment presents until August 31 the inaugural exhibition “Van Gogh Live!”
7/15/2014
My Beauty To-Do List for a Great Summer

My Beauty To-Do List for a Great Summer

Summer is here and vacation implies the beach, sunbathing, swimming in the clear waters of the Mediterranean, and lazing in Provence... This year again you’ve decided to fill up on sun, and you're right. But to enjoy its benefits without the risk of damaging the beauty of your skin and your hair, follow our beauty routine.
7/13/2014
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
A Ripple of Beauty over Provence

A Ripple of Beauty over Provence

Summer is here and your beauty needs start to become apparent. Between body oils and ultra rich creams, you’re really going to need some help maintaining your gorgeous appearance under the sun. Fortunately, we’ve decided to accompany you in your quest for perfect beauty. And into the bargain, we reveal our best-kept secrets and our most stylish ideas for spending your vacation protected and beautiful. Follow our guide.
7/11/2014
The Black & White World of David Bailey & Vincent Perez, A Fubiz Recommendation

The Black & White World of David Bailey & Vincent Perez, A Fubiz Recommendation

The Rencontres d’Arles photography festival presents, in the Church of Sainte Anne and the Montmajour Abbey, two artists whose specialty is the black-and-white portrait, David Bailey and Vincent Perez. Two perspectives that look to magnify bodies and faces.Les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles expose à l’église Sainte-Anne et à l’abbaye de Montmajour, deux artistes dont la spécialité est le portrait en noir et blanc : David Bailey et Vincent Pérez, deux regards qui cherchent à magnifier les corps et les visages.
7/11/2014
L’Occitane takes Fubiz backstage to the Rencontres d’Arles festival

L’Occitane takes Fubiz backstage to the Rencontres d’Arles festival

Partner of the Rencontres d’Arles photo festival, running from July 7 to September 21, L’Occitane invites the Fubiz team backstage this week.
7/3/2014
Christine Millerin, Textile Designer in Arles

Christine Millerin, Textile Designer in Arles

Passionate about textiles since the age of 16, Christine Millerin today runs a textile studio in Arles, where she revives damaged and exotic fabrics. A world of foreign accents is waiting for you to discover.
7/2/2014
The Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus in Arles

The Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus in Arles

Located on the Place du Forum in the heart of Arles, the Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus is a haven of peace with authentic old-world charm. This mythical hotel was once frequented by artists and bullfighters. Discover this place full of history.
7/1/2014
La Chassagnette, Michelin Starred Foodie Delights

La Chassagnette, Michelin Starred Foodie Delights

A word to the wise! Located near Arles in the Camargue region, the Michelin starred restaurant La Chassagnette invites you on an exciting and amazing culinary journey. Aesthetic, tasty and organic are the key words here, and guarantee you a perfect moment.
6/29/2014
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
The Mas Fontefiguières, A Wellness Hotel in Provence

The Mas Fontefiguières, A Wellness Hotel in Provence

Nestled a few miles from Forcalquier, a small village of Upper Provence, the Mas de Fontefiguières offers its guests a stay devoted to well-being and relaxation. Welcome to a little corner of paradise, launched last April.
6/25/2014
Quality Wines at the Domaine du Val d’Iris Winery

Quality Wines at the Domaine du Val d’Iris Winery

Fans of good wine, listen up! Nestled in the heart of Seillans, one of the most beautiful villages of Provence, the Val d'Iris winery run by Anne Dor is famous for the quality and variety of its wines.
6/24/2014
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
Meet the Designer Audrey Maurel

Meet the Designer Audrey Maurel

Creator of the brand Altesse au Maroc, with a studio based in Marrakech, Audrey Maurel has been producing unique, 100% leather, handbag and accessory designs since 2010. It’s a true affair of the heart.
6/16/2014
La Presqu’île Restaurant, A Gourmet’s Paradise!

La Presqu’île Restaurant, A Gourmet’s Paradise!

Foodies take note! Ideally located between the Calanques and Bay of Cassis, the restaurant La Presqu’île has it all: an idyllic setting and divine cuisine with Mediterranean accents.
6/12/2014
The MAMAC Pays Tribute to Alexander Calder

The MAMAC Pays Tribute to Alexander Calder

The celebrations continue! On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Maeght Foundation, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice pays tribute to Alexander Calder with an unprecedented exhibition. See you there, until September 7, 2014.
6/11/2014
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 Okhra Cooperative Turns 20

The Okhra Cooperative Turns 20

Located in Roussillon, Ôkhra – the Applied Pigment and Ochre Conservatory – is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this month. An opportunity for this cooperative to celebrate its success and cast an eye back over its achievements... See you on June 14!
6/2/2014
The Rencontres d’Arles 2014: Here Comes the Parade!

The Rencontres d’Arles 2014: Here Comes the Parade!

Look out! The 45th edition of the Rencontres d' Arles photography festival will take place from July 7 to September 21. It’s an arts festival not to be missed...
6/1/2014
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
Philogène Ravel: Creating French Linen since 1865

Philogène Ravel: Creating French Linen since 1865

Famous for the manufacture of ceramics, the Manufacture Ravel, based in Aubagne for over 170 years, today is also celebrated in a completely different field. Relaunched in 2011, Philogène Ravel is dedicated to the creation of fine French household linen.
5/27/2014
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
Cocteau, Mediterranean at Heart

Cocteau, Mediterranean at Heart

Born in Maisons-Laffitte, near Paris, Jean Cocteau reigned over Paris for 50 years, but the French Riviera remained for him a true haven and inspiration.
5/21/2014
The Du Côté des Olivades Restaurant Puts Sunshine on your Plate

The Du Côté des Olivades Restaurant Puts Sunshine on your Plate

Gourmets and connoisseurs of all kinds, take note. Directed by Nancy Bourguignon, the Du Côté des Olivades restaurant in Paradou enjoys a magnificent setting and Provencal cuisine at once simple, feminine, light and refined. It’s a gourmet address to discover!
5/19/2014
The Maeght Foundation Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

The Maeght Foundation Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Listen up contemporary art lovers and those who want to get acquainted with it : the Maeght Foundation is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. For the occasion, this cultural mecca, founded in 1964, is organising three new exhibitions, to discover without delay!
5/17/2014
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
L'Occitane Sets up on the Port of Saint-Tropez

L'Occitane Sets up on the Port of Saint-Tropez

L’Occitane takes the beach road and settles in to the port of Saint Tropez. The store offers visitors a unique design directly inspired by the world of the sea. All aboard for a voyage fragrant with the scents of Provence!
5/14/2014
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
Le Couvent des Minimes Gets a Makeover

Le Couvent des Minimes Gets a Makeover

Located in Mane-en-Provence, near Manosque, the Couvent des Minimes Hotel & L’Occitane Spa today reopens its doors after four months of intensive renovations. Come and immerse yourself in this new little haven of peace!
4/29/2014
Simple & Authentic Cuisine at Chez Caro

Simple & Authentic Cuisine at Chez Caro

Daughter of a restaurant owner, Caroline Pons-Saltiel is now head of the restaurant Chez Caro, located in the heart of the city of Arles, in the Bouches-du-Rhône department. For fans of tasty dishes, this place should not be missed...
4/27/2014
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
The Hôtel de Caumont: A New Art Center on the Horizon

The Hôtel de Caumont: A New Art Center on the Horizon

Dating from the eighteenth-century and under renovation since July 2013, the Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence will reopen as an art center in May 2015, under the direction of Culturespaces. Let’s focus on the future cultural venue that has many fine surprises in store.
4/22/2014
A Jewel Box for Cocteau

A Jewel Box for Cocteau

Since November 2011, The Jean Cocteau Museum belongs to the Menton village landscape: this museum designed by french architect Rudy Ricciotti is the first and most important public resource in the world devoted to the poet’s work.
4/18/2014
zChocolat:  A Gourmet Gift for Mother’s Day

zChocolat: A Gourmet Gift for Mother’s Day

Looking for an original and tasty Mother’s Day gift idea? The online chocolate shop zChocolat offers a range of elegant, creative and fully customizable gift boxes; something to please moms around the world.
4/18/2014
The First Essential Oil

The First Essential Oil

Everyone thinks it must be lavender, emblem of Provence, that Olivier Baussan, the founder of L’Occitane, distilled first. In fact it’s rosemary. Let’s look back on this crucial moment.
4/17/2014
The L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory

The L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory

At L'OCCITANE, everything starts with nature. Our Plant Expertise Laboratory, that develops new plant extracts each year, perfectly embodies this commitment. Follow our guided tour behind the scenes of natural cosmetics.
4/14/2014
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
Château de La Napoule: A Celebrated Spot

Château de La Napoule: A Celebrated Spot

Located between Cannes and Saint Raphael in Mandelieu-La-Napoule, the Château de La Napoule has a rich history. One of the cultural treasures of the region, it should not be missed.
2/28/2014
Danielle Jacqui: A Unique Ceramic Artist

Danielle Jacqui: A Unique Ceramic Artist

In Pont de l’Etoile, a small village located in the town of Roquevaire in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, the self-taught painter and potter Danielle Jacqui creates singular and monumental works, each more amazing than the last. A unique world to discover without delay!
2/25/2014
The Bouches-du-Rhône: Discover a Unique Heritage!

The Bouches-du-Rhône: Discover a Unique Heritage!

Climbing, paragliding, the sea, beaches and wild landscapes in their natural state... From Marseille to the Camargue via Arles, Saint-Rémy de Provence or Sainte-Victoire, the Bouches-du-Rhône departments offers visitors a real taste of paradise...
2/24/2014
L'Occitane Continues its Commitment to Provence!

L'Occitane Continues its Commitment to Provence!

Implicated in the Upper Provence Alps region since 1976, when Olivier Baussan set up the company, L’OCCITANE continues its commitment to the transmission of natural and cultural heritage with le Mécénat Provence, a project that continues developing year after year.
2/22/2014
JeeYoung Lee’s Fantastic World on Display at Opiom Gallery

JeeYoung Lee’s Fantastic World on Display at Opiom Gallery

Young talent alert: Korean artist JeeYoung Lee lands in Europe for the first time. For the occasion, the Opiom Gallery presents until March 7 "Stage of Mind: Scènes d’Esprit," a new exhibition dedicated to her work.
2/19/2014
Domaine de Régusse: Wines For All Palates!

Domaine de Régusse: Wines For All Palates!

Wine lovers, this place is for you! Located at more than 400 meters altitude in a small village in the Luberon region near Manosque, Domaine de Régusse owes its reputation to the quality and variety of wines that are produced there. Red, rosé, white... There's something for everyone!
2/17/2014
The Grasse Perfume Museum Exhibits the Region’s Savoir-Faire

The Grasse Perfume Museum Exhibits the Region’s Savoir-Faire

Part of Grasse’s application for intangible cultural heritage status, in France and for all humanity, the International Perfume Museum in Grasse offers visitors a unique exhibition dedicated to the skills related to perfume, and runs until March 31, 2014.
2/14/2014
Art Visit Provence: An Innovative Concept by Alexandra Blanc Véa

Art Visit Provence: An Innovative Concept by Alexandra Blanc Véa

Residents and visiting tourists take note! Launched in 2009 in Marseille by Alexandra White Véa, Art Visit Provence offers a range of tours of the city, each more quirky and unexpected than the next. The principle? To discover the city and its history with an artistic eye...
2/11/2014
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
René Bérard’s Hostellerie Berard & Spa Hotel

René Bérard’s Hostellerie Berard & Spa Hotel

At the Hostellerie Bérard & Spa hotel, located in La Cadière d'Azur, a charming little village in the Var, the restaurant is headed by the Michelin-starred chef René Bérard and his son Jean-François, and aims to be traditional, Provencal and elegant all at once! Located in a sumptuous setting, the establishment offers gourmet meals and cooking classes.
1/29/2014
The Cité du Chocolat Valrhona: A Unique Gourmet Tour!

The Cité du Chocolat Valrhona: A Unique Gourmet Tour!

Inaugurated last October in the town of Tain l’Hermitage in the Drôme region, Valrhona’s ‘city of chocolate’ attracts more and more visitors. Built in a 700m² building with a very contemporary flair, it invites young and old alike on a unique gastronomic experience entirely dedicated to chocolate and its mysteries.
1/28/2014
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
“Women of Provence & the Mediterranean”: An Exhibition at the Regards de Provence Museum

“Women of Provence & the Mediterranean”: An Exhibition at the Regards de Provence Museum

Until May 4, 2014, the Regards de Provence Museum in Marseille celebrates women in their everyday life. For the duration of the exhibition, "Women of Provence & the Mediterranean” offers a two-pronged journey, highlighting both visual arts and writing.
1/23/2014
Ochre Pays a Visit to the L’Occitane en Provence Museum

Ochre Pays a Visit to the L’Occitane en Provence Museum

Until March 31 2014, the L’Occitane en Provence Museum in Manosque is hosting the exhibition “Ochre Sensations - A Familiar Exoticism," a series of photographs by Catherine Gardone honoring the ocher landscapes of the Luberon region.
1/21/2014
The Museum of Valence has reopened!

The Museum of Valence has reopened!

Closed to the public since 2006, the Museum of Valence officially reopened its doors on December 14, 2013. After seven years of renovation and expansion, it is again shiny and new, and boasting a new, 5,750 m2 exhibition area.
1/11/2014
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
“Albert Camus, World Citizen” at the Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence

“Albert Camus, World Citizen” at the Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence

The politically committed journalist and writer is celebrated at the library La Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence. The exhibition “Albert Camus, World Citizen” goes back over how this historical figure saw his environment through documents, photographs but also and especially through his own writings.
12/26/2013
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
Adrien Moniquet: Jewelry Forged in Heritage

Adrien Moniquet: Jewelry Forged in Heritage

This young 27-year-old artist, who opened his shop in Maussanes-les-Alpilles over a year ago, uses a technique inherited from his grandfather for creating jewelry. Adrien Moniquet forges silver and different metals using a hammer, a traditional technique that he has managed to modernize.
12/23/2013
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
Shea Butter : A Sustainable Partnership with the Women of Burkina Faso

Shea Butter : A Sustainable Partnership with the Women of Burkina Faso

L’OCCITANE is now the largest buyer of processed shea butter from the women of Burkina Faso. This equitable partnership dates back to the 80s, and its future remains bright.
12/18/2013
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
Suckling Pork and Stuffed Tomatoes by Michel Hulin, Head Chef at of

Suckling Pork and Stuffed Tomatoes by Michel Hulin, Head Chef at of "La Cabro d'Or"

A dish of suckling pork slowly baked in a casserole dish, stuffed tomatoes with a hint of preserved lemon and Iberian ham, atop baked macaroni with girolles chanterelle mushrooms and a reduction sauce: a real gastronomical poem!
12/13/2013
Welcome to Michel Hulin’s Restaurant: La Cabro d’Or

Welcome to Michel Hulin’s Restaurant: La Cabro d’Or

The restaurant La Cabro d’Or is located in a large Provencal farmhouse planted in the middle of a two-hectare park, with a beautiful terrace under the linden trees. Under the direction of the talented chef Michel Hulin since 2001, this generous and open restaurant received a Michelin star in 2002.
12/10/2013
Giant Profiterole by Michaël Durieux

Giant Profiterole by Michaël Durieux

Beware: this dessert is very gourmet! Chef Michaël Durieux invites us to taste his supersized profiterole with whipped cream and hot chocolate...
12/8/2013
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
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
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
Felice Varini: Full-Scale Art on the Roofs of Salon-de-Provence

Felice Varini: Full-Scale Art on the Roofs of Salon-de-Provence

Until December 1, admire the work by Swiss artist Felice Varini, comprised of two red circles drawn on the roofs in the town of Salon-de -Provence.
11/27/2013
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
The Cultural Life of the Bouches-du-Rhône Department...

The Cultural Life of the Bouches-du-Rhône Department...

A beautiful region, the Bouches-du-Rhône department doesn’t only offer a visual spectacle but also a great diversity of cultural activities. Concerts, performances, museums… Discover the vast range of things to do in Marseille and Arles.
11/23/2013
Discover the L’Oustau de Baumanière and its Michelin-starred chef, Sylvestre Wahid

Discover the L’Oustau de Baumanière and its Michelin-starred chef, Sylvestre Wahid

Blessed with a flawless career and unfailing modesty, Sylvestre Wahid, the Michelin-starred chef of the restaurant L’Oustau de Baumanière in Baux de Provence, blends traditional Provençale gastronomy and creativity. Let’s meet him.
11/13/2013
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
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 Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease on Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema

The Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease on Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema

The Eden Theater, the cinema that hosted projections by the Lumière Brothers, has been renovated as part of the Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture year. An architectural gem on the seafront, it began welcoming film lovers again at the beginning of October.
11/1/2013
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 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
“Petits Farcis” or Stuffed Vegetables from Nice

“Petits Farcis” or Stuffed Vegetables from Nice

This both unusual and traditional recipe is on the menu at "La Petite Maison de Nicole", one of the restaurants at the Majestic-Barrière Hotel in Cannes which is under the direction of the talented chef Bertrand Schmitt. Peppers, zucchini, eggplants, tomatoes; this dish will delight lovers of Mediterranean flavors.
9/26/2013
Goat Cheese Terrine with Thyme & Marinated Vegetables

Goat Cheese Terrine with Thyme & Marinated Vegetables

This Provençale recipe is by Bertrand Schmitt, chef of "La Petite Maison de Nicole", one of the famous restaurants in the Majestic-Barrière Hotel in Cannes. Quick to prepare, it will delight all lovers of goat cheese and of Mediterranean flavors...
9/25/2013
Bertrand Schmitt, Head Chef at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière in Cannes

Bertrand Schmitt, Head Chef at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière in Cannes

A true maestro, Bertrand Schmitt runs all three restaurants of the Cannes palace hotel. With great passion, he proposes to his spellbound customers a cuisine somewhere between tradition and creativity, and comprising elegant authenticity.
9/24/2013
The Bastide De Moustiers : Alain Ducasse’s Little Paradise in Provence

The Bastide De Moustiers : Alain Ducasse’s Little Paradise in Provence

A true haven of peace, the Bastide De Moustiers is a Provençale inn full of character located in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, which has become an exceptional place under the aegis of chef Alain Ducasse. Endowed with 13 rooms, this old building also houses a Michelin-starred restaurant inspired by local produce.
9/18/2013
Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier

Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier

In his studio located 3 kilometers from the village of Forcalquier, the ceramist Guillaume Common toils at an art that only a handful of specialists master around the world: crystalline glazes. A discipline that requires both art and science !
9/17/2013
Eric Sapet’s La Petite Maison, or the Art of Putting Provence on a Plate...

Eric Sapet’s La Petite Maison, or the Art of Putting Provence on a Plate...

Eric Sapet is the Michelin-starred chef of La Petite Maison, a famous restaurant in Cucuron in the Luberon region where a friendly and relaxed atmosphere prevails. There he manages to mix up Provençale flavors, and his gourmet concoctions are a roaring success.
9/13/2013
Behind the Scenes of the Immortelle Harvest in Corsica

Behind the Scenes of the Immortelle Harvest in Corsica

Twelve years ago, the Immortelle flower, this “golden sun” that grows in the Corsican scrubland, charmed L’OCCITANE to such a degree that the Provençale company created the first large-scale organic farming program of the plant in Corsica. This summer it was time to harvest !
9/6/2013
The Puyricard Chocolate Factory : Provençale Style Cocoa

The Puyricard Chocolate Factory : Provençale Style Cocoa

Belgium doesn’t have the monopoly on chocolate! In Puyricard, near Aix-en-Provence, the Roelandts family has managed to give it the distinction it deserves, despite it being a delicacy that is not so popular in Provence.
9/5/2013
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
My Provence Festival 2013 : a Genuine Springboard for Artists

My Provence Festival 2013 : a Genuine Springboard for Artists

For the 4th year in a row, the Bouches-du-Rhône Tourist Board has organized the My Provence Festival, a wide-reaching creative competition open to all. This event, a genuine springboard for emerging talent, puts Provence under the spotlight, and this year was included in the Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture celebrations.
8/24/2013
Hush... Quiet & Delight at the Mas des Figues, in Saint-Rémy de Provence

Hush... Quiet & Delight at the Mas des Figues, in Saint-Rémy de Provence

Nestled in the heart of the Alpilles Regional Nature Reserve, the Mas des Figues, located in Saint-Rémy de Provence, is a charming guesthouse where quiet and delight are the watchwords, right down to your dinner plate.
8/23/2013
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
The Exhibition “100 Years of History of Lavender” in Forcalquier

The Exhibition “100 Years of History of Lavender” in Forcalquier

The lavender distillation specialist Emmanuel Dalla Favera presents his collection in an exhibition taking place inside the Cordeliers Convent in Forcalquier until August 25.
8/20/2013
The Secret Recipe of Henri Bardouin Pastis A Provençale Heritage

The Secret Recipe of Henri Bardouin Pastis A Provençale Heritage

It’s Provence’s ‘other’ pastis, whose recipe was accomplished in 1990 and which is still made from plants at the Distilleries et Domaines de Provence distillery in Forcalquier.
8/19/2013
Jewelry for your Little Angels, Made in Aix-en-Provence

Jewelry for your Little Angels, Made in Aix-en-Provence

Trendy jewelry is not just for grown-ups ! The proof ? The brand Les Têtes Blondes, with its collections of trinkets entirely devoted to children. Its creator, Virginie Auger, a native of Aix-en-Provence, takes her inspiration from her two sons’ games, stories and desires.
8/17/2013
Exhibition The Blue Gold Under Threat

Exhibition The Blue Gold Under Threat

Until 31 Aug 2013, the L’Occitane Museum in Manosque presents the work of photographer José Nicolas around lavender. A series of snapshots that pays tribute to the lavender industry of Provence, which is rallying to save this “blue gold,” today in decline.
8/1/2013
Mr. Oh Immortalizes Lavender for L’Occitane

Mr. Oh Immortalizes Lavender for L’Occitane

A master of the art of combining still and moving images, past and present, this Korean artist has worked in collaboration with L’Occitane on the creation of artworks dedicated to the lavender fields of Provence.
8/1/2013
Senanque, Silvacane, Thoronet The Cistercian Abbeys of Provence

Senanque, Silvacane, Thoronet The Cistercian Abbeys of Provence

Known as the “three sisters of Provence,” these religious monuments, erected in the Middle Ages by monks of the Cîteaux order, are architectural masterpieces that bear witness to a great desire for simplicity and calm.
7/31/2013
The L’Occitane Museum In the Heart of the Provençale Success Story

The L’Occitane Museum In the Heart of the Provençale Success Story

The history of the brand, the career of its founder, raw materials and small producers; if you want to know everything there is to know about L’Occitane, you must go to this museum, located next door to the production site in Manosque.
7/30/2013
Cezanne’s Studio in Aix-en-Provence

Cezanne’s Studio in Aix-en-Provence

It’s in the heights of his native town, Aix-en-Provence, that the famous French painter set up his studio. More than a century later, the place where Cezanne left his mark has become a highpoint for both tourists and locals.
7/29/2013
Le Relais de Saint Ser Restaurant in Puyloubier

Le Relais de Saint Ser Restaurant in Puyloubier

Majestically located at the foot of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain, this restaurant proposes “bistronomic” style terroir cooking, a subtle mix between the bistro experience and fine dining, orchestrated by the young and talented chef Julien Brun.
7/23/2013
Le Picodon : from the Land of Milk & Honey

Le Picodon : from the Land of Milk & Honey

As rich in flavor as in history, the Picodon, a small goat cheese, puts a little taste of Provence on your plate. Subjected to rigorous production conditions, it has managed to maintain all its authenticity and its flavor.
7/23/2013
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
Say OUI in Provence

Say OUI in Provence

Un Grand OUI, “A Big YES,” is a small company that sells dreams. Julie and Laura organize the most beautiful day of your life, and no detail escapes them. Their specialty? Bespoke weddings in exceptional sites from Miami to Rome. But the destination they care very much about is Provence.
6/18/2013
Le Formal Restaurant in Aix-en-Provence

Le Formal Restaurant in Aix-en-Provence

This not-be-missed address in Aix-en-Provence serves “creative and contemporary” cuisine at incredibly good prices, under the direction of the chef Jean-Luc Le Formal, an artist alive with a thousand colors and flavors from the south and elsewhere.
6/17/2013
Jean-Marie Massaud & the Ravel Pottery in Aubagne

Jean-Marie Massaud & the Ravel Pottery in Aubagne

The French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, a visionary and precise artist, was invited to design a collection by the Ravel Pottery. The result is a perfect fusion of two visions.
6/7/2013
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
L’Epicurien Restaurant in Aix-en-Provence

L’Epicurien Restaurant in Aix-en-Provence

A subtle mix of lowbrow recipes and gourmet creativity, orchestrated by chef Ludovic Aillaud, under his wife Laura’s benevolent gaze.
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
Fresh Goat Cheese Salad

Fresh Goat Cheese Salad

Elisabeth Scotto shares a fresh and simple recipe of her book L'Huile d'Olive, l'Or de la Provence . Another tribute to the wonderful olive oil of Provence.
2/27/2013
Eggplant Dip

Eggplant Dip

In her book ‘L’Or de Provence’ (The Gold of Provence) dedicated to olive oil of Provence, Elisabeth Scotto revisits a classic of Provençal cuisine, eggplant dip. Perfect with your Pastis at the aperitif or for snacks during the day!
2/19/2013
Red Mullet with Herbs

Red Mullet with Herbs

In Provence, fish is an essential ingredient. In her book dedicated to olive oil ‘L’Or de Provence’ (The Gold of Provence), Elisabeth Scotto presents a recipe for red mullet with herbs, so fresh and simple!
2/16/2013
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
Van Gogh and Saint Paul de Mausole

Van Gogh and Saint Paul de Mausole

In 1889, Vincent Van Gogh was admitted to the Saint Paul of Mausole Monastery, a psychiatric establishment situated in Saint-Rémy de Provence. It was a peaceful haven that would inspire 146 oil paintings and 150 drawings. We talked to Jean-Marc Boulon, a psychiatrist and the current medical director of the institution – which is still in operation today – about one of the greatest painters of the 20th century and the time he spent at Saint-Rémy.
1/30/2013
Calissons or

Calissons or "Kalissounets"

Laurence Roche, beekeeper in Vachères, shares her recipe for calissons – that she renames “kalissounets” – with us. After gingerbread, it’s another use for Provence honey. A delight!
1/28/2013
Cake with Nyons Olives

Cake with Nyons Olives

Elisabeth Scotto, co-author with Olivier Baussan of the book “The Gold of Provence” (L’Or de la Provence), shares a simple and easy recipe with us that showcases Nyons olives, genuine treasures of Provence.
1/18/2013
The Sweetness of Honey

The Sweetness of Honey

Mmmm, honey! This tasty treasure comforts us during the long months of winter. The beekeeper Laurence Roche, who produces and transforms her honey at the Hameau du Pichovet in Vachères, shares with us her love for bees and one of her favorite recipes, for gingerbread.
1/11/2013
Fresh Anchovy Open Sandwiches

Fresh Anchovy Open Sandwiches

This week's recipe comes from the book L’Or de la Provence written by Elisabeth Scotto and Olivier Baussan. In this starter, olive oil hits anchovy for an easy and fresh recipe from Provence.
12/29/2012
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
The Clos Sainte-Magdeleine Winery A Family Affair in Cassis

The Clos Sainte-Magdeleine Winery A Family Affair in Cassis

On the Cap Canaille, in Cassis, Jonathan Sack-Zafiropulo continues the family winemaking venture and plans to make the wine of the estate Clos Sainte-Magdeleine an exceptional product.
12/17/2012
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
Quince and Dried Fruit and Nut Soufflé

Quince and Dried Fruit and Nut Soufflé

After the lobster and th duck, Alain Passard's Holiday Dinner for Vins de Provence continues with dessert. Are you ready for a soufflé?!
12/9/2012
Sweet and Sour Mediterranean Lobster with Honey

Sweet and Sour Mediterranean Lobster with Honey

This recipe is the starter of a holiday menu created by chef Alain Passard for Vins de Provence. A tribute to Provence begining with lobster!
12/8/2012
Alain Passard Recipe: Duck Roasted in Fig Leaves

Alain Passard Recipe: Duck Roasted in Fig Leaves

For Vins de Provence, chef Alain Passard imagined a holiday dinner dedicated to Provence. After a sweet and sour lobster to start, continue with duck.
12/8/2012
Blood Orange Sponge Cake

Blood Orange Sponge Cake

A recipe by Elisabeth Scotto from the book L'Or de la Provence.
12/3/2012
Garlic Chicken

Garlic Chicken

A family recipe shared by Elisabeth Scotto, author of the cookbook L'Or de la Provence with Olivier Baussan
11/24/2012
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
Magret Duck Breasts with Raspberries

Magret Duck Breasts with Raspberries

Chef David Arcos shares the main course of his 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
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
Interior Design in Provence with Alexandre Lafourcade

Interior Design in Provence with Alexandre Lafourcade

In Provence, certain highbrows dedicate their time to preserving the region’s heritage. It’s the case for the interior designer Alexandre Lafourcade, based in Saint-Rémy de Provence. Let’s meet him.
10/2/2012
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
Immerse Yourself in the World of L'Occitane Boutiques

Immerse Yourself in the World of L'Occitane Boutiques

Entering a L’OCCITANE store instantly teleports you to Provence. The skincare brand from Manosque invites the whole world to discover, via their collections, a little piece of this unique region. Let’s visit !
9/22/2012
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
At the Heart of the Grape Harvest

At the Heart of the Grape Harvest

The grape harvest has begun on the Côté d’Azur and will continue until October around France. It’s an important moment for the winemakers and wine lovers! The photographer José Nicolas pays tribute to this event through a series of photographs. Prepare to be dazzled.
9/4/2012
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
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
Première Pression Provence: Olive Oil has Fine Vintages too

Première Pression Provence: Olive Oil has Fine Vintages too

L’Occitane founder Olivier Baussan created Première Pression Provence in 2008 with the aim of sharing his delicious discoveries of rare olive oils and encounters with passionate producers…
6/19/2012
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
Olivier Baussan, The Count of Provence

Olivier Baussan, The Count of Provence

The founder and the soul of L’Occitane en Provence is a man apart… At the same time close to the image we have of him, he also surprises by a genuine modernity. Let’s meet him.
6/3/2012
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
Incredible Banon !

Incredible Banon !

Between a delicatessen that exports its specialties throughout the whole world and a bookshop that could compete with the biggest names, Banon is quite simply extraordinary.
5/5/2012
A Tour of the L’Occitane Museum Behind the Scenes of Beauty

A Tour of the L’Occitane Museum Behind the Scenes of Beauty

L’Occitane opens the doors of its factory in Manosque. It’s your opportunity to discover the fabrication methods of its cosmetic products. For that matter, the museum will enlighten you about this 100% Provençale brand before you go on a shopping spree in the L’Occitane boutique, where the products are on sale at bargain prices.
4/3/2012
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
My Dream House

My Dream House

This title is taken from the American group Cocorosie’s album “La Maison de Mon Rêve”, as Corinne and Emmanuel’s guesthouse could be the subject of a song, revealing itself like a dream where, at each open door, one marvels at the possibilities of the imagination.
2/25/2012
The Princess with Cherry Pearls

The Princess with Cherry Pearls

In the 19th century, the young Hortense de Beauharnais turned many heads in Napoleon Bonapart’s court. The cause ? A slight timidity which gave to her cheeks with their porcelain complexion a flush of pink… unforgettable.
1/26/2012
TSS TSS TSS TSS TSS

TSS TSS TSS TSS TSS

Many questions remain forever without answer. What is the meaning of life ? Are we responsible for things we don't know we've done ? What is beauty ? And especially, why does everyone own a terra-cotta cicada ?
1/12/2012
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
A Day in the Couvent des Minimes

A Day in the Couvent des Minimes

Between its cultural heritage and its sensorial pleasures, our worries are washed away when we arrive in this peaceful haven in Mane en Provence.
12/16/2011
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
The Madeleine Pottery

The Madeleine Pottery

In the town of Anduze, at the gateway to the Cévennes National Park, potters perpetuate the tradition of the Anduze garden pot, appreciated throughout the world. The Madeleine Pottery maintains these traditions, while bringing its crockery into the contemporary sphere.
10/2/2011
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

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