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French Beauty Secrets Revealed

The Secrets behind French Beauty Skin Care.

French women are known not only for the amazing sense of style, but also for their beautiful skin. How do they manage to have such glowing healthy skin throughout their lives? What French beauty secrets are they hiding??? To begin with, French Women know that being beautiful is not only about looking beautiful, but more importantly about FEELING beautiful and confident.

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.

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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!!!

Côte Bleue

Provence’s Côte Bleue – Nothing less than sublime…

The Calanques of the Côte Bleue, those fjord-like inlets carved into bright white limestone, are part of the lesser known stretch of coastline located west of Marseille in the protected “Parc Régional Marin de la Côte Bleue”. The region is called the “Côte Bleue” (Blue Coast) in reference to its tantalizing deep turquoise blue waters and is very popular with snorkelers and divers.

This is off the beaten track at its best! These hidden beaches are mostly unknown to tourists… This is where you will find the locals on any given sunny afternoon. Tiny quaint fisherman’s villages and pleasant petite ports, I love how authentic the area feels. Time really has stood still here…