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For Two Months Each Summer, This French Gypsy Town Becomes the Capital of Art Photography

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 09.13.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The Roman city of Arles in Provence (South of France) has wonderful happenings throughout the year, but the one event that would make me move there is the summer photography festival -- a sophisticated pictorial feast.

Besides Weaving Lavender, Sipping Olive Oil and Roaming Roman Ruins - What is There to Do and See in Saint-Rémy de Provence?

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 08.23.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Outside of the central market plaza, on the stairs of the church, yes the church, weavers display hundreds of colorful wicker baskets, from the traditional Provençal natural straw ones to some more elaborate versions in pinks and purples, blues and oranges.

La Bastide de Moustiers Provence: LuxEcoLiving's Best Gastronomic Inns in the World

LuxEco Living | Posted 07.02.2015 | Taste
LuxEco Living

By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World LuxEcoLiving "If I can't have too many truffles, I'll do without...

Celebrating July 4th in France

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

It's the July 4th weekend. My wife, Kathy, and I have a bag full of red, white and blue pinwheels, some Stars and Stripes-brand snack cakes and a packet of mini-flags. We're nearly set for a holiday blowout in the country. Strangely, none of the stores is stocked with hot dogs or chips. No one around us seems to be doing the same.

L'Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de la Celle:LuxEcoLiving's Best Gastronomic Inns in the World

LuxEco Living | Posted 06.26.2015 | Travel
LuxEco Living

Call them the seedlings of Ducasse; chefs who impart their own culinary abilities, sensibly designed and orchestrated under enormous pressure, almost a self-affliction leading to perfectionism. What else could merit his praise?

The Magnificent Leftovers of the Roman Empire in France.

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The Romans were master architects. We know that, we have many tangible testaments left to prove it. Their structures still stand sometimes intact in various spots in Europe.

Wrapping up France

Rick Steves | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

After all the cute Provençal towns, I'm glad I finished in the city of Marseille. Like other gritty and vibrant "second cities" (e.g., Antwerp, Hamburg, and Bilbao), it lets the traveler connect with an urban scene that seems to be particularly alive.

Eating Up My Guidebook Research Duties in Provence

Rick Steves | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

All over Europe, food tours are trendy. I take many of them in hopes of finding ones to recommend in our guidebooks, and also to learn fun new angles on the local food scene. Some tours are too slow and expensive. Others are fast-paced and reasonably priced.

Arles, Where Walls Are Unpainted on Purpose

Rick Steves | Posted 06.08.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Arles, in the South of France, is not as rich as Avignon or as trendy as Aix-en-Provence. But it feels gritty and real, with a patina of life that I find very seductive.

On Top of the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

Rick Steves | Posted 06.04.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

The Romans left behind some impressive examples of engineering in their first province. The Pont du Gard is one of the most striking, and one of the most visited sights in all of France. And even after many visits, I'm forever impressed by the ability of the ancient Roman engineers.

The 5 Most Popular International Destinations Among American Travelers in 2015

Oyster | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel

Due to hectic work schedules and tight budgets, Americans are traveling less this year than they have in the past forty. But they're certainly still traveling, and this summer, many are jetting off to international locales.

A Philosophical Return to Aix-en-Provence

Jerry Lanson | Posted 05.16.2015 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

I've never much cared for eating out alone, even when I tuck a book under my arm to take with me. But tonight I rather enjoyed it. And I was in no hurry to leave Bistrot des Philosophes, a restaurant my wife Kathy and I never visited during our five months in Aix-in-Provence in 2014.

Italy Versus France

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 03.08.2015 | Travel
Kathleen Peddicord

No question, France is more expensive than Italy. Italy could be the cheapest destination in Western Europe right now. Something else that's arguably better in Italy than in France is the olive oil, a thing that folks in this part of the world take seriously.

This Ingredient Will Make All Your Food Taste French

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Taste

This is why people love French food. (Well, this and because of all the butter.)

My Three Favorite Rare Book Stores in Europe

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

I traveled to Europe a few weeks ago and, for the first time, I didn't attend a conference on youth education, or meet with leading business people on how we can innovate startups worldwide. Instead I explored the opportunities provided by a few select bookstores.

A Provence-Themed Dinner

Svitlana Flom | Posted 09.22.2014 | Taste
Svitlana Flom

The real epitome of our Provence culinary experience came as a complete surprise the next day in Cassis.

A Lasting Lessons Across Cultures: Community Counts

Jerry Lanson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

To travel cross-country in France is to find a fantastic meal, a great view, a medieval ruin, a special museum exhibit, a sweet mountain trail. To live somewhere unfamiliar, however, as isolating as it can sometimes be, is to pry open a culture's door just a crack, to begin, just a bit, to belong.

Drop Into Your Ancientness

Miriam Ava | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts
Miriam Ava

walk the lavender fields of Provence through the grains of earth at lilac dawn when clouds are opalescent air barefoot drop into the sweetness tha...

15 Top Tips In Aix-en-Provence

Jerry Lanson | Posted 07.26.2014 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

Visiting Aix-en-Provence, France, for a few days? A few weeks? Longer?

Life on the Set of Aix-en-Provence

Jerry Lanson | Posted 07.19.2014 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

Call me a romantic. Maybe I'm just sappy. You be the judge. First, though, walk with me, and I'll show you what we've liked best about life in this city of Provence, a place first settled in 123 BC.

The White Horses of the Camargue

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 07.10.2014 | Travel
K.J. Wetherholt

These, as one of the oldest breeds of horse alive, also remind us that there is beauty in nature worth nurturing, and a true partnership to be had, if we allow ourselves the profundity of such a relationship.

New in Provence: The Van Gogh Foundation

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 07.06.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Arles is best known for its Roman monuments, part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with its nearly intact amphitheater, cloister, and obelisk. But Arles is also a beloved cradle of classic painters, who liked the light, the colors, and the rich and vibrant culture of its inhabitants.

Medieval Fortresses of Provence: One for the Masses, One in the Wild

Jerry Lanson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

This is a stunning place, with distant views of snow-covered mountains and closer views of the striking cliffs rising from the valley floor.

12 Tips on Getting Around Provence by Car

Jerry Lanson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

Driving around the Provence countryside can be a harrowing experience or a whole lot of fun. It can be expensive or really reasonable. Both pleasure and cost depend on how well you plan and how you approach each day.

Celebrating 25 Years of Marriage, One Bike Route at a Time

Jerry Lanson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

That night they had visitors: a whole pack of coyotes. "They were all around us," Allan recalls. "There must have been a dozen of them."