Expat Travel Blogger interview: Ashley – Provence, France

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Expat Travel Blogger interview: Ashley – Provence, France

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Ashley Curious Provence blog

 After my first expat travel blogger interview with Amy of Footprints and Memories, here’s my second one! With someone a little closer to ‘home’, my new home of Lyon that is. 🙂

Expat Travel Blogger Interview

Name: Ashley Tinker

Age: 27

Current Location: (a small town in) Provence, France

Home Location: Montréal,Canada

Travel Blog: Curious Provence


Introduction: What is your name? Where do you come from and where do you live now? 

My name is Ashley, I was born and raised in Montréal, Canada as an English speaker. I currently live in Provence, France.

Montreal city lights Ashley Curious Provence blogMontréal, Canada, her home town

1. Why did you decide to become a blogger? What do you love most about blogging?

I became a blogger because I wanted to share with people that it’s possible to live an alternative lifestyle. Life in Provence is so beautiful, and all my friends kept telling me to start a blog. I’m already a photographer, and I enjoy writing. All I had to do was learn everything about social media and the internet in general! I like the excuse that blogging gives me to see and do things that I might otherwise not be able to justify (have lots of fun and pretend it’s work!).

2. What is your ‘day job’?

So my day job for the past summer has been working at the market in my local town. I’ve set up a photography business and I’m concentrating now on getting more photography work.

Ashley Curious Provence blog figs dish food

3. When was the moment that you realised you really love travelling and want to do it for the rest of your life?

I was 6 when I was first put on an airplane by myself. There’s nothing more exciting than that feeling of going somewhere new.

4. Why did you move to Provence? How long do you plan to stay there?

I moved here as an initial compromise between dreary England and Italy. My English partner wanted the sun and French culture, and I wanted delicious food. The plan is to stay here indefinitely but I often have reservations.

5. What do you like most about living in Provence?

I love the quality of the produce here, the markets, and the never-ending olive groves.

6. What do you like least about living in Provence?

I don’t appreciate the pessimistic French attitude, and the difficulty in making friends.

Ashley Curious Provence blog

7. Which is the favourite place you’ve travelled to and why?

Sicily. I love Italy and after living in Florence I found the countryside of Sicily to be very relaxing. Then, there’s the food. Delicious!!

8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I love the country, but every now and then I need some city time. How about here and London…can I do that?

9. What things do you miss most from home (Canada)?

I miss the familiarity. I miss understanding social cues. I miss International cuisine, lake culture, and snow at Christmas.

10. What things do you NOT miss from home (Canada)?

I don’t miss minus 20° celsius in winter, the belief that success equals large sums of money, and the language politics of Quebec.
Ashley Curious Provence blog

All photos ©Ashley / Curious Provence.


Check out Ashley‘s blog for mouthwatering pics of markets and food!

You can follow Ashley here:
Blog: Curious Provence
Twitter: @CuriousProvence
Instagram: @CuriousProvence


Like this interview? Read my other blogger interviews!


2017-09-09T13:25:44+00:00 By |expat life, France, interviews, Provence|

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Livia. I left my hometown of Sydney, Australia in 2010 and since then I have lived in France and Switzerland and travelled all over Europe. I've been a photographer for 9 years, have lived in 6 countries and speak 3 languages. You can read more about me here.
  • Amy

    You are hooked on interviewing now? 🙂
    Nice to meet you Ashley!

    • I wouldn’t say I’m hooked but I’ve always enjoyed it. I’ve always liked talking to new people and finding out more about their lives and what makes them tick… 🙂