Book Review: Lourmarin History

Lourmarin – Traces d’Histoire La Valmasque Bulletin 110, 2021 I picked up this interesting book in the Lourmarin Tabac/Press. For those without the time or energy for 220 pages in French, I thought I would no...

Provence 2022: Cultural events round-up

And so, at last, it might be all over. The Omicron wave is receding and the French government has announced that it will stop compulsory testing for most international arrivals. The Pass Vaccinal, which require...

The 5 best festivals in Provence

Jamie Ivey the author of the Moon Guide to Provence selects his favourite 5 Provencal festivals Fete de Transhumance, Saint Remy de Provence, Whit Sunday I love this festival. My favourite part is the astound...

5 Best Secret Sights in Provence

Jamie Ivey, the author of the Moon Guide to Provence (Dec 2019), selects his favourite "secret sights" La Chapelle Notre Dame de La Pitié; Sanary Sur Mer High on the headland to the west of Sanary Sur Mer p...

Carre du Palais Restaurant Avignon

So often restaurants next to major tourists sights are an unmitigated disaster.  A captive audience means high prices and below average food. The Carre du Palais right opposite the Palais des Papes in Avign...

The Best 5 Roman Sights in Provence

Jamie Ivey  the author of the Moon Guide to Provence selects his top 5 Roman sights in Provence. The selection is a personal one, based upon the visitor experience. 1. Arles Arena The Roman Arena in Arles ...