Slow Lane Cafe

 Guest Posts: Posts from guests and friends I’ve made in Provence.

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As elsewhere, bloggers are not in short supply in France. I’ve highlighted 10 here. They caught my eye because they are current and relatively frequent. Some are based in the region of France – Provence – in which I’ll be living the first half of 2014 and from which I’ll be doing much of my writing and photography. Others offer something unusual, such as an interesting video blog, a couple of sumptuous food blogs and a language site I’ve found helpful.

1)   The Provence Post

This five-year-old blog is published, it says, “to celebrate all that is special about the South of France.”

2)   David Lebovitz’ “Living the Sweet Life in Paris”

This well-trafficked food blog has recipes, sumptuous photos and more.


Weekly posts on food and wine, including interviews with those producing it, especially in northwest Provence.  Monthly recipe.

4) Expats Blog

A collection of ex-patriots (American and British apparently) scattered around France (but mostly Paris).

5) France 24 blogs

Compendium of English language blogs at the news station France 24.

6)  The Paris blog

A somewhat whimsical blog about life in Paris. Posts almost daily.

7) Secrets of Paris

Around since 1999, this blog allows you to sign up for a monthly newsletter with tips on things to do, buy and eat in Paris.

8) French Today

Created by a husband and wife team, this site offers free tips on French pronunciation and offers the opportunity to pay for more.

9) Jeff Steiner’s Americans in France

A rich resource of information about travel and life in France.

10)  French News Online

This site bills itself as a “digital news source produced for global Francophiles, visitors to France and residents in the country.” Offers a mix of original reporting and news summaries culled from various French media.

5 Replies to “Slow Lane Cafe

  1. Your blog and website look great and I look forward to learning a lot more about Provence. We are doing a home and car exchange for the month of August (staying in Aups) and your experiences will be very helpful. I’m trying to learn as much as I can before we go (bought 6-7 travel books).

    1. Thanks Steve. We haven’t made it to Aups yet but I hear it’s a nice town. It was on our route the day of our aborted return trip from the Gorge du Verdon. It rained and I ran out of energy to drive more of the two-lane white roads, which would have taken us through Aups. I do know from our landlady that there are some spectacular restaurants in that area, which is big on truffles. Let me know if you’d like some recommendations. Our landlady knows food.

    2. I always find that planning is much of the fun in travel. Keep in mind that August will be hot in Provence. If I were you,
      I start the days early and stay in a place with a pool. Aups won’t be as hot as Aix though.

  2. Cher Jerry, votre blog est magnifique!! Quel beau travail. C’est très interessant, pour moi provençale, de voir et de connaître votre perception de la Provence.C’est aussi très touchant (nice). Amitiés, Martine

    1. Merci beaucoup Martine. Je ne suis pas certain quand vous avez ecrit mais j’ai decouvert votre message seulement ce soir! Je suis heureux que vous aimez le blog!

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