About Beyond |
Birth of Beyond |
Beyond History |
Friends of Beyond |
Provence Beyond is a one-man web.
Provence Beyond is an unfunded websit.
Provence Beyond information is first-hand.
Private, one-man website, from hobby to full-time activity
ProvenceBeyond (aka "Beyond The French Riviera") is a completely private Web, and for the most-part unfunded. Beyond went on-line in Oct 1995, as a small personal project to share our passion with back-country villages and nature of Provence. The web grew, expanded and improved, until it took on a life of its own. Beyond is not part of any government, group, organization, town or tourist office. We started out as a hobby, but since we've grown (accidentally) to a full-time occupation, we're trying to make Beyond at least pay for its costs.
We have received comments that Beyond is too big to have been created by one person. Well, we've been at it a long time since 1995. Oftimes working night and day for days, or weeks, on end.
Beyond is unfunded, we count on our Google Ads and hotel bookings
Our only Beyond income is from our Google Ads, hotel bookings through our partners Venere and Booking.com, and a very small amount from our Amazon book sales. The income is "fair" but not great (almost enough to live on if we cut back on the grocery bills).
While our motivation is still the pleasure of constantly learning more about Provence and sharing it with the rest of the world, eating and maintaining a roof over our head is still important. So if you click on our ads, buy your books via Beyond or book your hotels via Beyond, you'll be helping a really good cause.
Beyond Information is First-Hand
If you're reading it in Beyond, we've been there, we've seen it and sampled it, we've photographed it, and we're talking about our own impressions. We do include reference information from outside sources, such a population and historical facts (we weren't there ourselves in the Middle Ages). We occasionally include partial information from Beyond Readers and even the Wikipedia now and again, and we're careful to acknowledge each instance of "outside sources".
While we make an effort not to "bad mouth" the places we like the least, we do give an honest view of our impressions and a visitor's view of the places we