Christmas in French Provence

My Childhood Memories of a Noël in Provence
A Typical French Folk Traditional Meal

I can recall the memory of visiting my Grandma near Aix en Provence for Christmas I'm seeing the fireplace . This was the first place were the "ceremony" started. My grandmother  wanted the log to be to prepared and to be held by the oldest and the youngest. They had to go three times round the table before lighting it and burning it into the fire during three days.

Provence Folk Dancers

We had to put three tableclothes one onto the others. Each one for each Christmas meal. We decorated  the table with wheat and lentille grass grown on Saint Barbe (December 4th) and holly which was supposed to bring good fortune!

Lavender Fields

On the 24th before going to Church we served a light supper without meat. We had chards,fennels and fish. After returning from Mass we ate 13 desserts. The 13 sweets to be selected from were
olive oil cake named ("pompe à l'huile"), anise custard  (named "gibassier"), stuffed and simple dried fruits, dates, prunes, figs, candied fruits, fresh fruits (oranges, mandarines, pears, apples, grapes) , nougats, ("calissons"), almonds, nuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, Christmas cake, sherbets and more!
And open "Santa's" presents !

Provence Vineyards

On the 25th for lunch my Grandma was toasting some bread with a mixture of anchovies, capers, boiled eggs, garlic and olive oil! DELICIOUS! Then the tradition was to cook the Christmas turkey stuffed with chestnuts . And we finally ate the leftovers for dinner.

Provence Village Antique Door

Wishing all of you very happy Christmas preparations !

Salt Water Marsh

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Le Tambourinaire Drummer Vintage 50's  French Provence Santon Watercolor Pastoral Print Wood Frame French Scriptures 1800's Costume Musician


Welcome to A French Trip To Burgundy " LA BOURGOGNE " The Region of Medieval Castles, Forests, Rivers, Cheese and Wine !


I'm French from the famous Provence and I fell madly in LOVE with this fabulous Green Region full of forests, castles , traditional villages and excellent food , cheese and wine !
BURGUNDY which is 310 miles (500 km) away from my hometown on the way
to Paris !
Burgundy is also a color ! Dark Red like the Red Wine from Burgundy ! The blood of passion !So Please welcome to this small trip with a bit of History and Photos from our last August 2014 trip !

First of all Burgundy region is located 62 miles ( 100 km ) upper Lyon and 124 miles ( 200 km ) under Paris.
Dijon is the capital and has a wonderful Museum palace . A few other famous towns are Beaune with the Hotel Dieu worldwide famous for his yearly wine aution, Autun, Auxerre, Chalon sur Saône, Nevers , Mâcon, Tournus ...
Temperature is between Winter 2 C° = 35. 6 ° F  and Summer 25 C° = 77 ° F . Humid oceanic continental climate.

Famous Cheese, Chaource, Epoisse, Brillat Savarin... Famous sweets Nonettes, Pain d'Epice ( kind of French smooth gingerbread made of honey, orange, spices ...)

Famous Villages thanks to their Wines : Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Gevrey – Chambertin, Nuit Saint Georges, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Santenay , Puligny – Montrachet ...

Famous Cooking, Boeuf Bourguignon,Burgundy Beef Stew, Coq au Vin, Escargot de Bourgogne, Snails of Burgundy, Gougère, Cheese Gouger, Oeuf en meurette, Poached egg in wine sauce ...

Hundreds of Famous Medieval Castles including the Dukes of Bunrgundy's Palaces .The first duke of BURGUNDY was Robert le Vieux ( 1011 – 1076 ) grandson of Hugues Capet . Capetiens and Valois famillies reigned over the Burgundy region.
The last one was Maximilien de Habsbourg ( 1459 – 1519 ) Emperor of the Saint Empire.

Famous boat trips on the Burgundy's canals : Canal de Bourgogne, Canal du Centre, Canal du Nivernais ...

And let me introduce you to my new friend Alain who is making wine like in the old time. 
His Chardonnay is more than organic 200% NATURAL :

I hope you've enjoyed this small trip to the Wonderful and Fabulous BURGUNDY !

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Antique French Bonnets

Antique Bonnets History

During the day bonnets were worn in France by the " Upper - Class " people from the 11 Th until the 17 Th century . 
Lower class people wore caps called " Capuchon" in French !
Night bonnet started to be very fashionable during the late 17th century because wigs were worn during the day and heads were shaved !

Please find some unique handmade cotton Bonnets in my shop :