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Le Musée des Confluences - Beetle Bug or Robot?
Witches in Provence - Tombstone

Found: French Shopping Paradise

All Across France – C’est les SOLDES ! This year I discovered the sales at the Factory Outlet Malls (“magasins d’usine”) – and that was a revelation. Everything is already discounted at outlet pricing which is typically around 20% to 30% off the regular price. But then during the bi-yearly sales you add another 50%, 60%, 70% off the already marked down price – and paradise you have found!

Provences Cherry Festival

10 Fantastic Reasons to Attend Provence’s Cherry Festival

Addicted to Cherries? Me Too… Cherry season is always a time that I wait for with great anticipation. All those lovely little red spheres of delicious sweet tastiness have me salivating in anticipation as the season gets going. Much to my delight, we are smack in the middle of cherry season here in Provence. And in case you hadn’t noticed, any reason is a good reason for a festival as far as the French are concerned! As such, I recently attended the Cherry Festival held in “La Roque d’Anthéron”, a sleepy little village in the backcountry of Provence about 25km from Aix en Provence.

Fields of Red Poppies…

It’s red poppy season here in Provence…

I love seeing their burst of color in the fields and along the roads I routinely travel. They typically bloom the month of May and start dwindling down come June. The red poppies (coquelicot in French) grow best in recently disturbed dirt – such as fields harvested or plowed over. Being in Provence, that means pretty much everywhere!

Provence's Blue Coast - Grand Méjean La Grotte Marine

Hiking Provence’s Blue Coast – La Redonne

Hiking Provence’s Blue Coast

Here are some very thorough directions (with pictures) for those of us with directional disabilities to help you hike Provence’s Côte Bleue (Blue Coast) Trail without walking in circles trying to find that elusive trailhead. Trail markers are rare here, so keep these directions handy. Don’t miss the spectacular “Grotte Marine” water cave!

Hiking Côte Bleue

Hiking Provence’s Côte Bleue – Niolon

Hiking Provence’s Côte Bleue (Blue Coast) – Directions for the Perpetually Lost

I really should start a guide book series for those of us that were born with absolutely no sense of direction. There’s actually a real term for that – “Geographical Dyslexia,” or “Directional Disability” and it’s genetic (thanks Mom!). I personally could get lost in my backyard… Actually I did once, and NO I had not been drinking… Life before a GPS was awful, but even now with a GPS in hand I can still get lost!

Should you struggle as I do, here are some very thorough directions (with pictures) to help you hike the Côte Bleue Trail without walking in circles trying to find that elusive trailhead. Trail markers are rare here, and official maps do not always reference all trails, so keep these directions handy. GGG to the rescue!!!