Curious Provence Anniversary
Hello, dear readers!
It’s been 2 years since I’ve launched Curious Provence!
A blog takes a lot of love but reading your comments and emails I must say that it’s worth it. Thank you for your support!
I’ve been wanting to address something for a while. There’s something you may not know about me. I’m terrible at lying. I would even venture to say that I just can’t do it. This is a virtue, though, as you can imagine, has gotten me into trouble. With age, I’m learning that lying can be beneficial. Especially for employers and the elderly. Kindness and lying sometimes go hand in hand. Anyways, I digress…
What I wanted to say is that I promise that you won’t find me promoting a product or activity on my site, or Instagram, that I don’t think is worth it. I get a lot of companies asking me to advertise their products without even testing them. I find this fundamentally wrong and quite frankly, unfathomable. Thankfully, in Provence, there are so many people that take their craft, no matter if it’s wine or woodworking, very seriously.
When it comes to restaurants; I just don’t recommend the ones where I’ve had bad experiences. Eating out is soo subjective. I need to eat somewhere a couple times at least until I decide. Anything you wanted me to do a review on?
On Living in France
There’s a theory with immigrants I’ve noticed. I wish I had known it before, though it may not have improved my patience. Apparently, once you’ve been in a new country for three years, it’s only then that you start to settle and find your place. I must say, it’s true.
It hasn’t been easy.
However, now that I’m reading French books (it seems I somehow got by without reading them in French class at school?) and I’m starting to make real friends, life is finally starting to make more sense.
Is Living in Provence Really that Wonderful?
Yes. In a nutshell. The truth is, that it all depends on you. What are your priorities?
Mine, are food and way of life. Here, I get the benefit of living in the countryside, surrounded by gorgeous scenery, amazing produce as well as culture. There’s always a Roman ruin to visit, a new exposition and I’m in between the towns of Arles, Avignon and Aix en Provence.
What you give up in Provence is, if you’re not from here with a million connections and strong nepotism ties, financial stability. During the winter months, there just isn’t that much work. In an area that relies on tourism and agriculture, Provence has the highest unemployment rate in all of France. This about doubles in the winter. So, we learn to work like crazy in the summer and hibernate during the winter. It’s alright once you get used to it. Besides, in the winter, I write more articles!
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