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This is just a fraction of the lilies-of-the-valley growing right along the path, in my English garden.  ‘Ha…I could make a fortune with this little lot in the cours Mirabeau’, I said to M. Aixcentric, jokingly.

Good thing that I was joking as (more…)

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That’s the choice this coming weekend (30th April) as there are street celebrations in both towns.  (more…)

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Following on from my post about Airbnb marketing ‘Experiences’ in Provence, I’d like to thank Rebecca for giving me a heads-up on ‘Guest in the City’.


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Following its launch in Paris, Airbnb is now turning to Provence  to market ‘experiences’ for holidaymakers looking for cookery classes, art lessons, or diving sessions, as well as their accommodation.  ‘We are giving locals in Provence the opportunity to share their passions and subjects of interest with travellers’, explained their director for France-Belgium.

Take holiday-makers for picnics in the calanques….

Already there are offers to lead hikes in the calanques, take people sailing and introduce them to the techniques for making rosé.   A dozen offers altogether which they say will grow…Paris now offers over a hundred with new ones each week. Eventually ‘Experience’ will cover the whole country.

Individuals simply post their announcement on http://www.airbnb.fr/experiences with any photos, and a price: Airbnb will take 20% commission.



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Sanary is one of the most beautiful coastal villages and its International Rosé Festival promises to make it even more stylish next weekend. 


Take a look at some of the images from previous years…  (more…)

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Presidential Posters!

This was the scene I snapped the other day in Avignon with the traditional row of posters, showing all the hopefuls for the presidential election.

And here is a far more delightful version from Montpellier. (more…)

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Astonishing Fact #2

It was on a trip down to the coast that we encountered roadworks on the A52 near Fuveau and read that the bridge being constructed was ‘for animals crossing’.  I thought this must be for a divided farm, but no, it is to be an ‘eco-pont’, one of 4 being constructed locally. (more…)

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