I am a travel writer, voyageur and sometimes guide touristique for friends visiting the south of France.

We are in Provence part of the year and otherwise in Indianapolis when not traveling. From our home in Isle sur la Sorgue we continue our exploration of the land made famous by Julius Ceasar, Peter Mayle, and Marcel Pagnol, among others.

In the past several years I have been sharing stories of sites seen, places visited and experiences I hope worthy of a reader’s time. There has been no shortage of interesting people encountered, fascinating places visited and vistas for unparalleled photo ops experienced.

The well-known towns which produce the wines of the southern Rhone Valley, Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas are less than an hour’s drive. Roman ruins, Impressionists museums and hill towns little touched by time are found outside our door. The landscape here is painted by poppies in the spring and lavender in July. The friendly people are here year round.

The quest to discover the perfect temperature at which to serve rosé continues. I am happy to share my thoughts on that subject, as well as ideas for traveling in the region.