Provence Post, published since late 2008, is designed to celebrate all that is special about the South of France. Whether you live here, travel here for pleasure or business or are just dreaming of "some day," I hope you'll find plenty to interest you. I started the blog because I had trouble finding the information that I wanted in English. Plus, I kept coming across marvelous things, people, stories and places in Provence that I simply had to share.

About me: I'm a freelance food and travel writer living and working in Provence on and off since 1999. My articles appear in/on magazines and websites in the U.S., the U.K. and France. Over the years, these have included NYTimes.com, New York Magazine, HuffingtonPost.com, Conde Nast Traveller UK, Travel + Leisure Magazine, Bon Appetit Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine, Epicurious.com, Elle Decor UK, DailyBeast.com, House Beautiful and many others.

My first book, co-authored with Lee Schrager, was published in late 2010 by Random House/Clarkson Potter (New York). It's called  The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cookbook and I was thrilled that Lee, the festival founder and director, chose me to write it for him. It was great fun working with 75 of the top chefs in the world, all of whom were generous enough to share their recipes, stories, secrets and more. (Not so surprisingly, many of the chefs in the book are French...or have been heavily influenced by French cuisine.)

In my past life, I was a founding editor--and then executive editor for ten years--of Food Arts Magazine in New York. I helped launch the magazine in 1988 and we were acquired by M. Shanken Communications the following year (you may know them as the publisher of Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado, among other titles.) I've been writing about food, chefs, restaurants, hotels and the rest of the hospitality industry for 30+ years.

The first time I came to Provence was on vacation, taking a photography course. I think it was on Day #3, after the jet lag had started to ease, that I realized that two weeks wasn't going to be anywhere near enough. I returned again, about a year later, and that's when reality hit: my marriage to New York was pretty much over and my love affair with Provence was in full bloom.

I never really moved to France...I just came here for a while and stayed. Somewhere along the way, the escapade became real life. Further on along the way, I got my papers sorted out, so I could stay and work in France legally. Launching a life here was the smartest stupid thing I've ever done.

On Provence Post I write about the things I'm most passionate about...because many of you have told me you share the same passions. These include food, restaurants, French cooking, wine, photography, art, design, architecture, decor, gardening, books, inviting places, interesting people and worthwhile experiences.

Periodically I run guest posts, letting others share their French expertise and discoveries. If you want to guest post, I'd love to hear from you. And because I'm always looking to make the blog better, I hope you'll tell me what would make it more fun and more useful for you. If you haven't subscribed I encourage you to do so, which means simply that you'll get an email alert each time there's a new post (usually twice a week). To subscribe free, just click here. Meanwhile, check back often because I'm continuously updating the info on the pages up top, the ones headlined EVENTS CALENDAR, TOURIST OFFICES, LOCAL MARKETS, MICHELIN RESTAURANTS, etc.

After many years of helping friends and readers plan their trips to Provence, I decided to make it official in November, 2011, and I hung out my ''travel planner'' shingle. My company, Provence Post Travel, has since helped many individuals, couples, families and groups arrange amazing vacations here in the South of France. No task is too small or too large so give me a shout if I can help. You can read more about what I offer on the site dedicated to my travel planning business here. And for all sorts of fun activities I can book for you in Provence and on the Cote d'Azur, check out my Menu of Delicious Experiences as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Julie Mautner


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