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Old Aug 10th, 2006, 12:59 PM
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Among the things we brought back from Provence in April - Olive Oil from St Remy market (made in Spain) and a ceramic bowl with a suspicous sanded mark on the bottom (to remove the Made in China stamp probably)!
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Old Aug 10th, 2006, 01:19 PM
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SuzieC, the treated ones can be washed in the machine and I use my various ones for the different seasons. Since I can't go this year to Provence for family health problems, I will order the olive pattern from "Touch of Provence" on line.
If you like thyme, "Frigolet"is a tasty liquer.
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Old Aug 10th, 2006, 01:53 PM
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Hello, Mimi! It's so great to have you back where you belong!
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Old Aug 10th, 2006, 01:54 PM
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Judyrem,

I hope you meant a crêche set of santons--a complete set could be 200+ figurines!
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Old Aug 10th, 2006, 02:58 PM
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Ha Ha Underhill, I meant a Creche set, she doesn't have enough room and I don't have enough money . wombat, funny(peculior) about the bowl.
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Two years ago when we were in the L'Isle sur la Sorgue market I saw these little watercolors of local scenes. I wanted them but I wasn't sure which scenes I wanted. I thought foolishly that the artist would be at the St Remy market. Of course she wasn't. The next year when we went back the first thing I did was buy those watercolors. This year she wasn't at the L'Isle sur la Sorgue market but at St Remy and we added to our collection. Since I didn't see her at the Sunday market I bought some other watercolors by another artist in St Remy (I think I might like them better that the orginal ones)so we are really getting a nice collection.
We bought olive oil in Maussane but I think I like the oil from Les Baux better. Also we always go to the supermarche and stock up on little jars of tapenade, pistou and tomato confit as well as Cassis and pamplemousse Mentos.
This year I was really extravagant (especially for being unemployed) and bought a jacket at the L'Isle sur la Sorgue. There is a stall just before the little bridge from the antique market to the food market with these beautiful jackets. When I tried it on the man said that he could alter it if necessary since he designed and made them all. I feel so French when I wear it.
Of course Joel Durand chocolates just for us. I buy other chocolates to give as gifts for people who wouldn't appreciate his genius. I can't wait to return!
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Old Aug 10th, 2006, 05:40 PM
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AGM, I am always on the lookout for local art and artists. Thanks for the info.
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Old Aug 11th, 2006, 08:06 AM
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Michel Biehn, author of "Colors of Provence","Recipes from a Provençal Kitchen", and "Herbs of Provence", is an antique dealer and interior designer. His unusal shop in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a must visit for me. He has one of the largest collections of antique bouties and Provençal clothes.
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Old Aug 23rd, 2006, 06:06 AM
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Judyrem-The name of one of the watercolor artists is Franck. His address is 20, Avenue Pablo Neruda in Paluds de Noves. I think he is at the St Remy Wednesday market so look for him there.
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Old Aug 29th, 2007, 12:20 PM
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In Tourrettes sur Loup I found little jars of violet and jasmine (separate) gelees (I used them on cheese and the foie gras I purchase in the French Duty Free as its much cheaper than in the U.S.)

In Vence - which is a surprisingly cute little town in the old part, I bought a fab linen table cloth for a table that seats 10-12 in a lovely light lavender color with dark lavender band around the bottom.

Always honey, but its so hard to make a choice - its all devine.

We always treat ourselves to the best bottle of wine we can get from the region, and just pack it in the middle of our suitcase (haven't lost one yet).

I am not sure if I found that Marvis toothpaste in France, I usually get it in Italy, I have to look out for that this time.

Also, and this might be totally bonkers, but last time my mother brought home (to Ireland though) a whole box of pasteries from a shop in Vence, they were sublime and we visited that shop about 5 times when we were there. The lemon tarts are to die for! I am not sure if I could bring foodstuffs like this to the U.S. but the trouble would be worth it!
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Old Aug 29th, 2007, 03:26 PM
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We're not big shoppers, but brought back a few things that I love having around to remind me of our trip:

Soaps from Tourettes sur Loup
A lovely ceramic vase from St. Paul de Vence
A set of placemats and salt & pepper shakers from a shop in Gordes that I bring out for special occasions
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Old Aug 29th, 2007, 04:23 PM
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I've seen Marvis toothpaste in our local Anthropoligie (sp?) shop
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