Category: Traditions & Customs

BOXWOOD BEAD CURTAINS

What beautiful craftsmanship! One sees these ‘rideaux’ (curtains) in doorways all over Provence. The true boxwood bead curtain is made from ‘box’, a very dense wood with beautiful grain patterns. From forest to bead is a long process. It takes almost 30 years for a box to have the 8-10 cm trunk necessary for harvest. Then…

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Le Puy-en-Velay

I spent a week in the Auvergne, an area visited infrequently by Americans. This French departement and the area around Le-Puy-en-Velay intrigued me and I had always wanted….

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SALT from the CAMARGUE

There is nothing like a French Road Trip when you have absolutely no plans, don’t know where you are going to end up, and the plan is actually not ..

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