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Secrets of a Provençal Picnic

Secrets of a Provençal Picnic

Looking for a gourmet getaway? Why not enjoy the simple pleasures in life? L'Occitane shows you how to prepare a flawless Provençal picnic, bringing you the flavours of the South of France!
07/04/2016 11:00:00
Three faces that personify Provence

Three faces that personify Provence

The extraordinary region of Provence has been marked by the artists which it inspired. L'Occitane presents three great figures who symbolise the region.
01/02/2016 10:35:00
Marina Kaye, the self-taught singer from Marseille

Marina Kaye, the self-taught singer from Marseille

Hailing from a small town a stone's throw from the city of Marseille, Marina Dalmas, alias Marina Kaye, is now firmly established as one of the French-speaking revelations of 2015. Aged 17, the singer-songwriter continues to win the hearts of fans with her first pop-rock influenced album, 'Fearless'.
22/12/2015 14:30:00
Christmas in Provence: the traditional Christmas dinner

Christmas in Provence: the traditional Christmas dinner

Nicknamed "lou gros soupa" (big supper), the symbolic meal eaten on Christmas Eve has all the makings of an elaborate ceremony, reflecting its influence at the heart of Provençal culture. Let's take a look at the different stages of this key moment in Advent.
07/12/2015 10:17:00
5 Provençal proverbs to inspire you

5 Provençal proverbs to inspire you

Provençal proverbs are the true marks of an authentic and unique culture. L’Occitane shares a few of these sayings with a very Southern flavour with you.
01/12/2015 9:59:00
5 things to do in Provence in winter

5 things to do in Provence in winter

Although a favoured summer holiday destination, Provence loses nothing of its lustre with the arrival of the cold season. Here we focus on some essential ways to savour your winter stay in Provence.
02/11/2015 13:42:00
Three Historical Facts You Might Not Know About Provence

Three Historical Facts You Might Not Know About Provence

Here L'Occitane shares some anecdotes with you surrounding Provence. Let’s look at a few highlights that have marked the history of the region over the centuries.
01/10/2015 9:49:00
Claudie Gallay, Sincerity on the Page

Claudie Gallay, Sincerity on the Page

A teacher by profession, Claudie Gallay conquered the literary scene in 2008 with the success of her novel ‘The Breakers.’ Since then, the author continues to scrutinize souls and places, through modern fables taking shape under the Provencal sun.
14/09/2015 14:19:00
The Art of Boules

The Art of Boules

Coming from the Provençal "Ped-tanca" meaning the game of planted feet, Pétanque, or Boules, is more than a sport, it’s a veritable French tradition. Inseparable from the singing accent of Southerners who play with passion throughout the year, this ancient practice is an important part of a genuine Provençal lifestyle.
04/09/2015 14:45:00
Three Great Literary Classics About Provence

Three Great Literary Classics About Provence

L'Occitane presents essential reading for exploring Provence in literature. Let’s discover these books published throughout the world, where the region is represented in an inspiring and poetic way.
01/09/2015 14:29:00
Gordes Gets In Tune with the Soirées d’Été Festival

Gordes Gets In Tune with the Soirées d’Été Festival

Perched on a hillside in the heart of the village of Gordes, the Terrasses Theater hosts the annual summer festival Soirées d’Été. The event comprises six performances, a mix of theater, dance and music and punctuated with a subtle touch of humor, making for a real success story!
01/08/2015 18:10:00
American Icons Invade the Granet Museum

American Icons Invade the Granet Museum

After winning over crowds in Paris, the exhibition American Icons retires peacefully to the Granet Museum in Aix-en-Provence. It’s an opportunity to understand the work of twentieth-century American masters of contemporary art, on loan from the San Francisco MOMA during its renovation.
10/07/2015 12:31:00
A Journey to the Heart of the Most Beautiful Markets of Provence

A Journey to the Heart of the Most Beautiful Markets of Provence

Occupying village squares, the markets of Provence are one of the symbols of the region. Between stalls of seasonal fruit and vegetables, traditional fabrics and local produce, these exuberant events are enjoyed throughout the year in a medley of color and scent.
08/07/2015 12:13:00
The Rencontres d'Arles gets a Revamp for its 46th Edition

The Rencontres d'Arles gets a Revamp for its 46th Edition

Dedicated to innovation, the Rencontres d'Arles festival prepares, for this 46th edition, to pay tribute to one of its founding fathers Lucien Clergue, through the prism of a completely redesigned festival, and with The l’Occitane Foundation as patron.
02/07/2015 11:22:00
The Tradition of the Provencal Baby Basket

The Tradition of the Provencal Baby Basket

Rich in symbols, Provencal traditions have been defining the region’s identity since ancient times. Among them, the baby gift basket, forgotten for a time, is returning to fashion as a gesture of affection upon arrival of a newborn.
20/04/2015 16:05:00
Top Three Festivals in Provence in February

Top Three Festivals in Provence in February

In all seasons, Provence celebrates its rich cultural heritage and the beauty of its land with joy. Don’t miss any of the fun, and discover the best of the month via three highlights centered in the Alpes-Maritimes region.
03/02/2015 12:44:00
The Revival of the Apothecary

The Revival of the Apothecary

This bygone profession is making a comeback today in response to the public’s growing enthusiasm for nature’s many virtues, especially those of plants.
24/01/2015 10:43:00
My Best Christmas Memories in Provence

My Best Christmas Memories in Provence

In December, Provence changes appearance. Families are busy preparing for Christmas in the streets, decked out with lights. It’s an important celebration in this region, which leaves lasting memories.
15/12/2014 9:38:00
The King Cake of Provence: A Traditional Epiphany Dessert

The King Cake of Provence: A Traditional Epiphany Dessert

Celebrated just after Christmas and New Year's Eve, on January 6 each year, Epiphany is the opportunity, in Provence, to taste the traditional ‘Couronne des Rois’ king cake.
04/12/2014 12:20:00
Discover the Christmas Traditions of Arles

Discover the Christmas Traditions of Arles

Born in the village of Saint-Gilles, just 20 kilometers from Arles, Helen Haon is a great fan of Provencal Christmas traditions. A few months before the festivities, she tells us about getting ready for Christmas. There’s plenty to inspire you with the magic of Christmas, well in advance of this special season.
06/10/2014 8:12:00
Christmas market in Saint-Rémy de Provence

Christmas market in Saint-Rémy de Provence

To experience an authentic Provençal Christmas, check out the Saint-Rémy de Provence market dedicated to Le Gros Souper, the Christmas Eve dinner in Provence !
04/12/2012 17:12:00
The Nyons Scourtinerie

The Nyons Scourtinerie

The Fert family has been making “scourtins,” filters used in the traditional production of olive oil, for over three generations. A Provençal adventure made up of innovation and expertise that continues thanks to Arnaud and Frédérique Fert’s passion. But what is a “scourtin”? Watch this video and find out.
10/10/2012 12:19:00
Easter at the Petit Duc in Saint-Rémy de Provence

Easter at the Petit Duc in Saint-Rémy de Provence

“An art-house production laboratory”, this is how master patissier Hermann Van Beeck introduces his temple to sweet delicacies in Saint-Rémy de Provence.
06/04/2012 16:08:00
The Madeleine Pottery

The Madeleine Pottery

In the town of Anduze, at the gateway to the Cévennes National Park, potters perpetuate the tradition of the Anduze garden pot, appreciated throughout the world. The Madeleine Pottery maintains these traditions, while bringing its crockery into the contemporary sphere.
02/10/2011 9:00:00
Authentic Soap from Marseille

Authentic Soap from Marseille

Everybody knows it - this multipurpose soap will just as easily clean domestic stains as disinfect daily scratches. But what’s so special about it ?
26/07/2011 11:51:00