Top Photo: More than 100 expats and friends gathered for the annual New Years Potluck Picnic at the Col de Cérèste, at the eastern tip of the Grand Luberon. At 720 meters, the picnic site offers a 220 degree view of the eastern end of the Parc Naturel du Lubéron with the snow-covered southern Alps and the Parc National du Mercantour in the distance. The annual tradition, begun in 1998 by Glen Kendall and Ems Magnus, is an ad hoc affair open to all. The organizers provide a large cooking fire and soups; most everyone brings a dish to pass. For info: email@example.com Photo by Alain Carles.
Bottom Photo: There was an equally great turnout for the debut party of the Expat Club of Provence, a new non-profit association, held Jan. 17 at the atelier of painter Jacqueline Schell in Greoux les Bains (in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, 15 minutes from Manosque, 30 minutes from Aix). Among the 100 attendees were folks from Canada, the U.K., the U.S., New Zealand, Brazil, Germany, Belgium and India. The Expat Club offers bi-lingual workshops in cooking, photography, painting and local crafts, along with fiction and non-fiction writing (in English). Membership benefits include monthly cocktail parties, family events and an English library. For info: www.expatprovence.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 06-27-86-07-79. Photo by Marie-Noël Paschal for La Provence.