Just Out: Jamie Beck's Provence Book
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by Julie Mautner
2M ago
In 2016, photographer Jamie Beck was living in New York—running her own studio, doing commercial work for brands such as Chanel, Donna Karan and Nike and editorial work for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and others--when she decided to take a one-year sabbatical in the South of France. Her husband, Kevin Burg, was understanding. “I think we were both ready for a little break, some fresh air and a little perspective,” she remembers. Six years later Jamie is still in France, thriving personally and professionally, and this week is huge for her because yesterday, her first book o ..read more
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New TV Series: Courageous Cooking in Julia Child's Former Home
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by Julie Mautner
3M ago
Today the Magnolia Network launches a seven-part “docu-series” called La Pitchoune: Cooking in France, about the Courageous Cooking School, set in Julia Child’s former home in the South of France. Episode #1 is now streaming on the Magnolia app, HBO Max, Discovery Plus and other channels.  It's a great story. In 2015, Makenna Held happened on an article in the New York Times (“The House that Julia Built”) about La Pitchoune, the home that Julia and Paul Child created on a former potato patch in 1966. The land they used was owned by Simone (Simca) Beck and her husband Jean Fischbacher. Si ..read more
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À la table, Les Amis !
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by Julie Mautner
7M ago
La Table des Amis de Provence is a new non-profit association based in St. Remy, designed to highlight the food, wine and culture of Provence through meals, cooking classes, winery tours, artisan visits, live music and more. La Table des Amis is bi-lingual and multi-cultural, open to all ages and nationalities. While French members are wanted and welcome, the group will probably appeal more to expats, much the way that BritsNimes, AAGP, the American Club of the Riviera, Network Provence and others do.  Because the La Table des Am ..read more
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Venice in Les Baux: New Show at Carrières des Lumières
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by Julie Mautner
11M ago
The Carrières des Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors splash 2,000 still and moving images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto the 45-f00t-high walls and onto the stone floor, while 74 speakers provide the perfectly choreographed soundtrack to what you’re seeing.  The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence.  On March 4, the Carrières la ..read more
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Action! Ridley Scott's Winery is Open
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by Julie Mautner
1y ago
Most people know that Sir Ridley Scott (he was knighted in 2003), is one of the top film directors in the world; his movies include Gladiator, Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Black Hawk Down and scores of other hits including House of Gucci (2021). His latest, a historical drama called Kitbag—with Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon and Vanessa Kirby as Empress Josephine--begins production this month. What many people don’t know is that Ridley has lived part time in the Luberon region of Provence--and owned a vineyard there--since 19 ..read more
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Truffles in Paradise: Markets, Fests, Feasts, Hunts & More
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by Julie Mautner
1y ago
It's truffle season in Provence! Our famous fresh black truffles, considered one of the most prized and expensive food products on earth, are at optimal ripeness in January. If you've never been to a truffle market or done a truffle hunt, it's great good fun. But do it soon...the season ends in mid March. Below are some of the best places to experience tuber melanasporum (truffes noirs) in Provence, from marchés aux truffes to truffle festivals to a festive town-hall luncheon open to all. You can attend a Truffle Mass followed by a truffle meal ..read more
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You're Invited: Thanksgiving in France 2021
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by Julie Mautner
1y ago
Because I totally live to please you, once again I've rounded up a great selection of American Thanksgiving celebrations here in the South of France and in Paris. Who attends these gala soirées? Local expats of course, but also hungry French folks and other Europeans, travelers, house guests...whomever!  Over the years, many of my French friends have told me they love the idea of celebrating this American holiday...to meet new people, to sample unusual foods, to learn the history and traditions. At a friend's Thanksgiving in Provence a few years back, one French guest told me ..read more
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Want To Talk About It?
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by Julie Mautner
1y ago
Periodically people ask me where they can get counselling in Provence in English...it’s not so easy to find. So when I come across someone who does just that, I’m very happy to share the info. After training and then working as a therapist in London for four years, my friend Jitesh Odedra has officially hung out his counselling shingle in Tarascon.   Since moving from London to Provence in 2015, Jitesh has done a variety of jobs including teaching English and consulting to the European Union on their Erasmus Program. Last year, however, he realized he really missed the intimacy of ..read more
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Win a Three-Week Stay in Provence
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by Julie Mautner
1y ago
Having led art retreats in Provence for four years now, Nicky Ginsberg has just moved her NG Art Creative Residency & Gallery into a beautiful new space...and she’s giving away a three-week residency in Provence to celebrate. The deadline is October 1and all the details are below. Previously based in a lovely old farmhouse in Eygalieres, Nicky’s international non-profit arts association is now permanently settled into a renovated 17th-century olive mill, nestled in the foothills of the Alpilles mountains. It’s just outside the village of Maussane, a stone’s throw from th ..read more
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Heritage Days are Sept 18 & 19
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by Julie Mautner
1y ago
It's that time again: The 38th annual Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days) takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19, in cities and villages all over France. The program was launched by the French Ministry of Culture in 1984 and has since spread all over Europe (officially it's now called European Heritage Days). This year the theme is "Heritage for All" and 20,000 sites or so are expected to participate. This is one the biggest events in France and one of my favorite weekends of the year. The idea is that a wide range of monuments, religious si ..read more
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