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IT’S LAVENDER BLOOMING SEASON IN PROVENCE!

 

Lavender, the “blue gold” of Provence! Did you know that from the end of June to the end of August, the summer months of Provence are the best time to experience the world of lavender. The fields are in full bloom starting in June and the air is perfumed as the hot Mediterranean sun bakes the plants and releases their perfume.

SIXTY AND ME

 

FRENCH GARDENING: YOUR TOPIARY MASTERPIECE AWAITS

 

Perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to travel to Versailles and experience its magnificent gardens. If not, I suggest you take a virtual tour of the Topiary Gardens of Versailles and treat yourself. So, what exactly is a Topiary garden and how can you have one?

SIXTY AND ME

 

HOW THE FRENCH MAKE ENTERTAINING APPEAR SO SIMPLE (RECIPE)

 

Have you ever wondered how the French always seem to make entertaining seem so effortless, delicious, and elegant? As a frequent traveler to Provence, I have observed and acquired a few tips to share back home. My goal is to provide friendly and relaxed hospitality to my dinner guests.

SIXTY AND ME

 

HOORAY FOR LE GOÛTER (RECIPE)

 

Have you ever seen or heard of the French word “Le Goûter” and wondered, what is it and what does it mean? Well, literally translated, Goûter means, “to taste.” It comes from the French verb Goûter and is pronounced “goo tay.” It’s the British equivalent of an afternoon tea sometimes called “high tea.”

THE LITTLE FRENCH COTTAGE 

A day in the life of a tour guide

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a tour guide? To be paid to wander the cobbled streets, browse the bustling markets and share with people the hidden gems of your favourite French region. Well, Dee from Jackdaw Journeys does just that. We reached out to her on Instagram to learn more about the life of a tour guide.

SIXTY AND ME

 

LOVE LUXURIOUS SOAPS? WHY NOT INDULGE IN THE SOAP OF MARSEILLE!

 

Have you ever experienced the excitement of wandering through a local village market in Provence? If you have, then you know the sheer pleasure of shopping at the stalls that sell French soaps (Vendeur de Savon).

SIXTY AND ME

 

POTS DE CRÈME: A EUROPEAN DESSERT TO DELIGHT (RECIPE)

 

Many believe the French were the inventors of the dessert we know today as Pots de Crème, while others give credit to the English. Let’s look into the history of these tiny cups and you can cast your vote.

SIXTY AND ME

 

ARE YOU A PASTRY LOVER? DID YOU KNOW THE CROISSANT IS NOT ACTUALLY FRENCH?

 

You might think you know all there is to know about that pure-butter, crispy, flaky, multi-layer pastry that creates a serious craving on your first morning upon arriving in France. After all, what is more French than breakfast at your favorite patisserie with a croissant and a cafe crème?

SIXTY AND ME

 

FRANCE MAY BE CLOSED TO VISITORS BUT WE CAN TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF PROVENCE MARKETS

 

One might say, “Why visit only the Provence area of France when all of France has so much to offer?” The answer lies in the fact that the Provencal region of France makes ingrained marks on one’s memories like no other part of France.

WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE IN PARIS

 

DISCOVER PROVENCE WITH DEE

 

Dee Poquette’s love affair with Provence began 12 years ago. She and three of her friends attended cooking classes at Julia Child’s home in Placassier nestled in the hills above the Côte d”Azur. Dee and her friends took over the three bedroom home for a week (OMG can you imagine?). They visited local markets while creating savoury French dishes under the skillful instruction of Kathie Alex, a three Michelin star chef – a woman who like Julia Child was still quite a rare thing at the time.

OUR KIND OF CRAZY

 

JACKDAW JOURNEYS – 10 THINGS TO DO IN PROVENCE

 

Contrary to popular belief there is more to France than just the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Versailles. Other areas of France have just as much culture and history to offer as fair Pari. One of the most beautiful, rustic, and well-preserved areas of France is Provence. And we’re going to show you 10 things to do in Provence, France.

SO SYDNEY

 

JACKDAW JOURNEYS – A SMALL GROUP TOUR EXPERIENCE IN PROVENCE

 

Throughout my travels to thirty-three countries, many of which I have visited a few times over, I have gone in a variety of ways —with large group tours, solo, small group tours, or with friends and family. There are pros and cons to every type of travel. Some require more planning, while others require no planning at all.

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