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About Me

Hi. I'm Susana Iwase. I was born in Japan and grew up in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Berkeley California. I also lived in Los Angeles, London, and Hong Kong as an adult. I have a Bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in East Asian Studies and a Master's degree in International Marketing from Bradford University in England where I also lived for a few years. I have a ski-freak French husband, two bi-lingual kids and two rescued cats. I fell in love with Cotignac when I came here in 2009 and have since made this beautiful village my home.
I started Provence Living on facebook in 2012 when I realised there wasn't a lot of practical information for visitors in English. I volunteered a lot for local associations and then served on the local council from 2014 to 2020. I am well connected and enjoy living and working here. 
I love to write, cook, and drink rosé. I'm also an avid photographer and have recently taken up guitar as a hobby. 
I run a property management business here called Provence Living Consulting where my clients entrust me to look after their vacation homes. I am currently at maximum capacity for clientele but should you need this type of service, please do not hesitate to contact me by email in case I can help and if not guide you in a helpful direction.
However you choose to spend your time in Cotignac, I do wish you a very pleasant stay. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for news and info about upcoming events in our village. Or sign up to be a member of Provence Living's VIP list here.