Greetings pricey readers and pals. Properly, issues have gone from chilly to downright snowy within the south of France. It might most likely shock quite a lot of people to know that the inland areas of the area get an honest quantity of snow most years. Whereas it takes away a little bit of the parable of south-of-France climate, it does make for some fairly superb postcard-like photos of hilltop villages all dressed up for the winter.
We’re protecting heat huddled up subsequent to the hearth and having an enormous cookie bake-fest this weekend. That, together with the afternoon of waffles I promised my daughter for the Sunday gouter (snack hour) usually are not doing my pre-holiday weight loss plan any favors.
One other factor I’ve had the pleasure of doing is cuddling up with a very good e book. Not an entire lot will get me extra excited than speaking about Provence, so taking the time to find Keith Van Sickle’s new e book, An Insider’s Information to Provence, has been an actual deal with.
For those who’re conversant in Keith’s earlier books, One Sip at a Time, and, Are We French But?, you may really feel, as I do, that he’s the proper match for a e book of this nature. Removed from a fast overview of locations to see and the place to remain in Provence, An Insider’s Information is a beneficiant effort to take the reader to spots the common traveler may miss.
Keith and his spouse Val spend a part of every year within the south of France – staying near their beloved Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, but additionally venturing additional afield to discover a number of the well-known (Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Arles) and lesser-known (Les Baux-de-Provence, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Lacoste) gems of the area.
With greater than 20 years of Provence journey expertise underneath his belt, Keith has fairly seen and completed all of it – bringing us his finest insider tidbits in an simply digestible, lighthearted format.
The e book begins out with some basic pointers for visiting Provence, like adopting a slower tempo and actually stopping to scent the roses… or lavender on this case. Certainly, one in every of my favourite strains within the e book jumped proper out at me within the first chapter – ¨”I prefer to say that Provence strikes on the tempo of the seasons slightly than the pace of the Web,” writes Keith. Precisely what makes visiting this area such a deal with.
After overlaying different necessary components like the very best time to go to, the south of France’s cherished out of doors markets, regional meals specialities, and even some enjoyable studying to dive into earlier than you go, Keith provides us an in depth initerary for a experience-packed, one-week go to.
You’ll discover all of the biggies – like Avignon and St. Rémy – and be handled to a walk-through of the must-do sights and actions at every vacation spot. Additional enhancing the week, Keith shares his 10 Favourite Issues to Do in Provence, which was my favourite part of the e book. Going past the vacationer route, the reader learns expertise Provence just like the locals do – prime picnic spots, lovely hikes, and even biking trails.
Different chapters in An Insider’s Information deal with Keith and Val’s beloved St.-Rémy-de-Provence, The Luberon Valley, The Rhone Valley Wine Area, Roman Provence, Jewish Provence, and an intensive Assets part for the area.
The fantastic thing about Provençal markets.
Keith’s informative and humorous fashion of writing is all the time a deal with. I’m very blissful to have the ability to give away an e book copy of An Insider’s Information to Provence. To enter to win, please depart a remark under telling us the place you wish to go to in Provence – a metropolis, village, pure park, or different, that has captured your curiosity.
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An Insider’s Information to Provence is accessible on Amazon.
You possibly can comply with Keith’s French adventures on his web site: https://keithvansickle.com/