PROVENCE LIVING – How it all started
Susana Iwase Hanson moved to the South of France in 2002 and has not stopped taking photos since. This area of France is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit and we are very lucky to be living in Cotignac. It’s so nice, in fact, it must be shared with as many people as possible.
Susana founded the Facebook page on September 1st, 2012 when she realised there was simply not enough information out there (not at the local town hall, nor at tourist offices, and not even enough blogs in any organised fashion) about what there is to do here, what it looks like (all year round and not just in the Summer), and what is available to buy (houses, land, food and living needs, etc).
The aim of Provence Living is to give you a better idea of what it’s really like here, what there is to do and the various events that take place in and nearby our village of Cotignac (the heart of Provence Verte). You’ll find information on the kind of cuisine you’d expect from restaurants, the local wines and how to best entertain yourselves with our without kids.
Contributors Jeany Cronk and her husband Stephen make Mirabeau Wine and Sophie Carrere sells real estate at Cotignac Immobilier. Susana (firstname.lastname@example.org) looks after second homes for Anglophones and translates for builders and owners who need renovations done. Susana is also an elected member of the village Council under the leadership of Mayor Véran, working regularly to improve the village and its public services. The three women have children in the local schools, are multi-lingual and multi-cultural, and love this area and its people.
We know Cotignac and what the area has to offer. We also understand the French culture. Extremely active and well respected in the community, we are committed to being “good-will” ambassadors for our village.
Victoria Koning is the latest addition to the team and helped Provence Living expand on the internet with her expertise in webdesign. Victoria helped launch and manage our organised site that will allow visitors to find and see the best our region has to offer in an easy-to-follow magazine-style format (http://provence-living.net). She is also a very good photographer.
Behind the dreamy old buildings and terraces, the outdoor cafés and glasses of Summer rosé there is a real working community that makes up this little utopia. It’s picturesque and dreamy and has been for hundreds of years but what makes it really great is the people that live here year–round. We salute them.
~ The Provence Living Team
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