French Tablecloths — Provence

The Provence Post!

Posted by Laurence Bertone on

If you're  a fan of Provence and have heard of Google, you know that there are lots of blogs about Provence. Lots of them. And many of them are quite good. But if you're looking for a blog that reads like a magazine and is updated regularly with tons of useful information and in-depth articles written by a professional writer, you need to check out The Provence Post. This blog is written by Julie Mautner, an accomplished (and prolific) food and travel writer, editor and author who has been living in Provence "on and off" (we suspect more on than...

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Belle Provence Travels

Posted by Laurence Bertone on

I've been wandering about the Internet again, and I found another web site that I just have to tell you about: Belle Provence Travels. This is a blog/web site beautifully written by an American woman (Tuula) who has been living in Provence for the past few years, and on it you'll find great ideas and advice about things to do and see and eat in Provence.  But you'll also find something more: an honest and often touching glimpse into what it really means to live and love and work in a foreign place, even one as wonderful as southern France....

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Provincial vs Provençal

Posted by Laurence Bertone on

Almost every day someone gets to our web site by Googling (or Binging) “french provincial tablecloth” or even "french provencial tablecloth". So we decided it was high time to write a blog post about province versus Provence, provincial versus Provençal. Hang onto your hats – this promises to be our most complicated blog post yet… In French, the word province can mean an administrative division within a country (such as the Canadian province of Québec), but it can also mean “any place in France that is outside of Paris”. For example, when a Parisian says that someone is “from province”...

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The Scent of Lavender

Posted by Laurence Bertone on

Lavender is one of the recurring themes that you'll find in a number of our French table linens, and with good reason - lavender has "roots" (so to speak) in southern France that go back thousands of years.  The ancient Romans used wild lavender from Provence to freshen their laundry and perfume their baths - in fact it's likely that the French words laver (to wash) and lavande (lavender) are descended from the same Latin stem (as it were). In the Middle Ages lavender was used to make perfumes and medicines. In the 19th century the cultivation of lavender helped...

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