Gayle Smith Padgett


A UCLA graduate with two master’s degrees (neither in French), studies in Mexico and South America and a career as a language specialist in the USA and later as a management analyst and US government liaison in Germany, she discovered Provence on honeymoon over 25 years ago. The love affair with France continues to this day - in retirement, she and her husband made France home, spending 18 months in Aix-en-Provence before moving to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where they’ve lived for six years. Her debut memoir, Passion for Provence: 22 Keys to La Belle Vie, tells the tale of their French adventures — so far.