Our high-speed Internet connection makes Carcès an ideal hideaway for writers, designers and consultants who may need to continue working but have the flexibility to do it from afar. We also have a 110>220 transformer as well as French>US outlet adapters. We certainly prefer working in Provence to working in an office!
In fact, we have produced books and documentaries from this house – collaborating with colleagues from around the world thanks to the Internet.
Cheap International Calling
We actually bring our San Francisco phone number with us! We have a Vonage account. When we can connect the Vonage router to a high-speed modem, and plug a phone into that, we make calls as if calling from the US, and our friends and family can call us without making an international call. If you have a Vonage account, the router operates on both 110 and 220, but we had to buy a French transformer for ours. The American transformer blew out (not the router itself).
We also "Skype" to conduct international business. The biggest challenge in setting up HandUp Congo via FREE international conference calls on Skype was dealing with the time differences between France, Florida, and Sydney, Australia. When we tried to add Taipei, Taiwan, things became REALLY interesting.
CARCES CREATIVITY CONNECTION
True confession: We spent an entire summer revising the sixth edition of Ken's textbook, "Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach." And we spent ANOTHER summer finishing the first edition of his newest book, "Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling." (All play and no work, you know...Actually, we don't REALLY advise this...but, when necessary, working in Provence IS possible!)
We also edited two short documentaries about non-profits in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Betsy and friends are supporting the village of Lotumbe:
Ken was inspired to invent Professor Kobré's Lightscoop -- a nifty device that lets you create soft, natural light with your pop-up flash -- while we were in Carcès! And he shot part of his hour-long documentary “Deadline Every Second: On Assignment with 12 Associated Press Photojournalists.” Watch for the welcoming mural on the road into Carcès as he follows photographers covering the Tour de France!
San Francisco State University professor John Hewitt was inspired to document the spring Carcès bike race when he and his wife, Annette, stayed here in April 2007, along with a bit of the local nite life... They reported having a lively schedule of music at least three times a week during their stay (work, work, work)... John also edited Ken's documentary "Deadline Every Second."
Ken's tutorials on shooting video will introduce you to Carcès and its environs.
Artist and designer Niya Sisk made our home hers in March 2008, while creating a unique visual travelogue... don't miss having a look!
Check out the results of other artists' working vacations on our own gallery!