Provence Loses One of Its Biggest Fans: Peter Mayle Dies at Age 78

Peter Mayle, the British advertising executive and author of children’s books turned internationally-renowned author of books set in Provence, passed away early Thursday morning in a hospital in Provence. I learned that he was not well when I was in Provence this past summer, but it is unclear what caused his death at age 78. News sources have described it as a “brief illness.” He is survived by his wife, Jennie, with whom he moved


Last year, about this time, my daughter and I were on our way from Lourmarin to Château d'Esclans in La Motte, about 150 kilometers away in the département of the Var. There, we were to meet with Tom Schreckinger, Communications Director for the Château, and Patrick Léon, chief oenologist for the château, for a tasting and conversation at the harvest lunch. It was the middle of the vendange in that part of Provence and, per the...


With so many reasons to visit Provence’s Luberon, it’s hard to choose just one to sit at the top of the list. There’s the sunshine, the lighting, the laid-back lifestyle, the Roman ruins, the bories, the hiking, the biking, the fêtes, the markets, the food, the
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