Afternoon Tea (french-style) & Japanese old masters in Aix

It’s probably hard to believe, but despite visiting Provence for so many years, I have only been into Aix-en-Provence a handful of times. So when my friend Marina (who runs her local French Language School Learn French In Provence) suggested an afternoon out in the town, I leaped at the chance as she knows it…

Beating the January Blues in Provence

I have to start by saying that I really dislike January. I know it’s a a quiet time of year after the excesses of Christmas and a time for looking forward to the year ahead, also my birthday happens to fall within it too, but I still find it the most depressing of months. Despite…

Events and Festivals

We love the simple pleasures of Provence, but also enjoy taking in some of the fantastic events and festivals that take place across the region. From ‘Son et Lumiere’ shows, to Arts Festivals and local celebrations for local products – there is always something going on and here are some of our favourites: Carrieres de…

Cycle Hire and Info

Cycling in and around Provence is simply delightful, there are plenty of Bike Hire companies for both traditional and e-bikes and lots of great routes to find and ride: Velo Loisir Provence – Information on routes, where to stay and all aspects of cycling in the Luberon and Verdon:                   …

Local information

Looking for more information on the area then the following will be of use : Vaucluse Tourist Information – information on all aspects of visiting the Vaucluse  Provence Guide Apt Tourist Office – places to stay, things to do and general info on the area around Apt : OT Apt Luberon Coeur De Provence –…

Learn French In Provence

Learning French has been key to us finding our feet and settling into our part-time life in Provence and we have found the perfect teacher with Marina, Ecole Franci-Discendum – Learn French in Provence Patient, considerate and passionate about the history and culture of Provence, her lessons have challenged us, but have helped us feel comfortable…

Luxury town centre appartments in Apt

Over the last 12 months Jen and Chris Mallon have totally renovated a beautiful old townhouse (with Roman origins) in the heart of the old town of Apt to create smart and comfortable appartments that are now available to rent via http://www.cent-cinq.fr/en/. In a great location, these appartments provide the ideal base from which you…

Eco-friendly cottage Viens

  Situated in the beautiful village of Viens, with a boulangerie, alimentation & restaurant and surrounded by spectacular scenery and of course lavender fields, is this peaceful, eco-friendly cottage. Owned by Pascal and his wife Marina, who runs her own French Language School – Learn French in Provence Perfect for a couple, it’s a lovely…

Saddlebag of Memories – we have a cycle ride to plan

Ever since Andy and I first visited France together on our honeymoon so many years ago, we have always had our bikes with us. Not the sleek road-bikes we have now… … but a real hodge-podge of a collection, from Andy’s well-used commuting road-bike he had had for about 10 years, to heavy old mountain…