Easy Gluten-Free Shopping in France
Keith Van Sickle | Life in Provence
by Keith Van Sickle
5d ago
If you are considering a trip to France but are gluten-intolerant, or are traveling with someone who is, fear not! France isn’t hard to navigate—I have celiac disease and live in Provence part of the year. Let me tell you what I’ve learned. I’ve previously written about gluten-free (GF) dining in France, now I’ll tell you what it’s like to shop here. Many of the products you’ll find in grocery stores are similar in quality to those found in American grocery stores, while others are frankly better. One of my favorites is the roll-out crusts you can get in many grocery stores. You roll them out ..read more
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Prehistoric Cave Paintings in Marseille
Keith Van Sickle | Life in Provence
by Keith Van Sickle
1w ago
In 1991, Henri Cosquer made a remarkable discovery: he found a grotto filled with prehistoric paintings. Even more remarkable is that the cave is only accessible via an underwater passageway. Cosquer was a professional diver, leading underwater tours near Marseille. He also dove for pleasure, exploring the nooks and crannies of the rugged coastline. One day, Cosquer noticed a narrow underwater passageway. Intrigued, he followed it and found himself in a labyrinth of tunnels going here and there. Over multiple dives, he followed these tunnels until, one day, he surfaced inside a cave fill ..read more
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Part-Time Living Abroad
Keith Van Sickle | Life in Provence
by Keith Van Sickle
2w ago
Have you ever dreamed of living abroad, sipping a glass of wine in a charming café, or maybe on a sandy beach? It sounds appealing, but it’s hard to pick up stakes and move to a foreign land. Who wants to leave their friends and family behind? And what about doctors and dentists and all that? One way to have the best of both worlds is to live abroad just part of the time, becoming a part-time expat. That’s what Val and I do, and recently International Living Magazine convened a panel of part-time expats to discuss their experiences. I was honored to be one of the panelists, along with others w ..read more
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Riad Sattouf and The Arab of the Future
Keith Van Sickle | Life in Provence
by Keith Van Sickle
2M ago
Graphic novelist Riad Sattouf has lived a fascinating life. Born in 1978 to a French mother and a Syrian father, he spent much of his childhood in Libya and Syria before moving to France for his teenage years. Sattouf dreamed of becoming a pilot, but his talent as a cartoonist took him in another direction. His first graphic novel (bande dessinée in French, or BD) was published when he was just 21, and he soon joined the staff of the famous French magazine, Charlie Hebdo. But it was his BD, The Arab of the Future, that catapulted him to nationwide fame, making him one of the most success ..read more
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Secrets of St-Rémy #1: The Must-See Sights
Keith Van Sickle | Life in Provence
by Keith Van Sickle
3M ago
Val and I live part of the year in St-Rèmy-de-Provence, a charming town between Marseille and Avignon. I’ve written a guidebook about the area, An Insider’s Guide to Provence, where I share some of our favorite things to see and do. Now I’ve put together a series of articles I call Secrets of St-Rémy, based on that book. I think the best part of St-Rémy is just wandering its winding streets, but there are three sights I recommend that every visitor see—the outdoor market; the asylum where Vincent van Gogh was treated, combined with the van Gogh walk; and the Roman sites of Glanum and les Anti ..read more
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10 Great Reads That Will Transport You to France
Keith Van Sickle | Life in Provence
by Keith Van Sickle
3M ago
How would you like to travel to France but not have to get on a plane? The best way to do it, unless you have a friend with a yacht, is by reading a book. I love books by foreigners who’ve lived in France. They see the country differently than the French do, and living abroad helps them see their own country through new eyes. I’ve put together a list of my favorite books about France. Some are funny, some are touching, and all are excellent reads. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite yourself! Read all about it at Frenchly ..read more
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The Underground Wonders of Bruoux
Keith Van Sickle | Life in Provence
by Keith Van Sickle
4M ago
What has 40 kilometers of underground corridors, orange walls, and used to grow mushrooms? If you guessed the ochre mines of Bruoux, you win! The Luberon Valley in Provence is famous for its ochre. It was mined here for centuries and a walk through the brilliantly-colored quarries of Roussillon or Rustrel is like walking through a rainbow. At Bruoux, rather than carving out the side of a mountain, the miners dug straight in, creating tall corridors hundreds of meters long. You can take a guided tour of the mines that is about an hour long and just fascinating. Read all about it in The Good Li ..read more
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L’Oustalet Maianen Restaurant for Delicious Food
Keith Van Sickle | Life in Provence
by Keith Van Sickle
4M ago
Just a few miles north of St-Rémy-de-Provence, in the quiet town of Maillane, sits a restaurant that is well worth the trip. Consider it if you want to enjoy a delicious meal in a comfortable dining room—or on a shady terrace in warm weather. Val and I love L’Oustalet Maianen; it’s one of our favorite restaurants. It’s also a family affair, with current owner Christian Garino having taken over from his parents some years ago. What started as a snack bar with five tables has grown and evolved to the point that today the Michelin Guide lauds it for “exceptionally good food at reasonable prices ..read more
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10 Fabulous Things to do in Provence
Keith Van Sickle | Life in Provence
by Keith Van Sickle
4M ago
In an area like Provence that’s famous for so many things, like beautiful lavender fields, charming hilltop villages, and delicious food, it’s hard to pick favorites. But I’m going to try! The Good Life France asked me for my top ten fabulous things to do in Provence, and here we go… Read all about it in The Good Life France ..read more
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Delicious Fish and Seafood in France
Keith Van Sickle | Life in Provence
by Keith Van Sickle
5M ago
I didn’t grow up eating seafood. My family ate fish sticks once in a while and the occasional shrimp cocktail, but that was about it. Then I married someone who loves seafood, and now we live part of the year in France, where the seafood is amazing and I eat a lot of it. At first I found French menus confusing because there are so many different words for seafood. Sometimes I didn’t know if I was reading about a fish or a fowl! Now I can navigate the menus, so let me share what I’ve learned. The French distinguish between poisson (fish) and fruits de mer (seafood, like shrimp and crabs ..read more
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