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What is a Pâtisson?

08/20/2014 07:11:05 AM

When I saw my first Pâtisson at a market recently, I had to buy one as I had never quite seen a vegetable like it.

Saint-Jean-de-Maruejols Summer Market

08/20/2014 05:42:25 AM

Summer time means lots of tourists in the South of France.  Villages and towns take advantage of the influx of tourists by holding weekly markets exclusively during the months of July and August.  The Saint-Jean-de-Maruejols Summer Market ...

Lavender: 10 Interesting Facts

07/31/2014 13:29:17 PM

The past couple of weeks, the fields of Provence have been awash with lavender, a sight to behold.  Towns and villages all over Provence have been celebrating lavender with festivals and markets. So, without further ado, here are 10 interesting ...

Part 8: Safety & Security, Intangibles

07/30/2014 11:38:58 AM

This post is Part 8 in a series of 8 Posts analyzing the methodology by which we shall rank the top markets in the South of France.  See: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 ,Part 7, Part 8 Feeling safe at a market is a primary ...

Part 3: Quality and Variety of the Market Stands & Vendors.

07/29/2014 12:02:21 PM

This post is Part 3 in a series of 8 Posts analyzing the methodology by which we shall rank the top markets in the South of France.  See: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 ,Part 7, Part 8 Having considered the size of a market ...

Try this Exercise! I learnt it in the South of France!

07/28/2014 10:18:56 AM

If you are anything like us, you are not getting any younger these days, so here is a great exercise that I have picked up down here in the South of France: Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room on each side. ...

Dumpster Diving in France: Not Who You Think.

07/27/2014 11:11:22 AM

Did you know that there is even a code of ethics for dumpster diving in France?   Here it is: Do not climb fences to enter private property to search a dumpster. Do not leave a mess behind. Leave the dump in a better condition than you found ...

10 Interesting Facts About the Iris Flower

07/26/2014 15:45:16 PM

One of my favorites in our garden is the iris flower, and we are lucky enough to have it in multiple colors.  Best thing of all, because it is a perennial,  the iris flower keeps coming back every year. Here are 10 interesting facts about ...

Fragments of Roses

07/25/2014 13:15:26 PM

I sat down today to research and write a post on the many beautiful roses that we have in our garden. But, as I look out the window, all I see are grey clouds. All I hear is the spitter-spatter of rain. It’s the South of France for goodness ...

Half the World’s Roundabouts are in France.

07/24/2014 10:07:55 AM

One of the first things that you will notice when driving in France, and certainly in the South of France, is the number of roundabouts – or rond-point. In fact, it is estimated that there are some 35,000 roundabouts in France, accounting ...

Fleur de Lis: Lily or Iris?

07/23/2014 11:48:16 AM

What started out as a post on the iris flower, which grows abundantly in our garden, has ended up with a question that has been debated, as I have discovered with some fascination, for centuries. The Fleur de Lis: Lily or Iris? I had always ...

Part 2: Best Markets Criteria – Size of the Market

07/22/2014 08:39:50 AM

This post is Part 2 in a series of 8 Posts analyzing the methodology by which we shall rank the top markets in the South of France.  See: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 ,Part 7, Part 8 Size, as defined herein, is an important ...