4 months of living the dream

Where has the summer gone? Since the 25th April (apart from 22 days back in the UK) I have been lucky enough to spend the rest of the time out in the Vaucluse, sorting out our new house & getting under the skin of the beautiful area we have called home for the Summer. It’s…

Beyond the Veloroute – cycle #6 from Sade to Saignon

In a little over a week’s time my hubby & boys will set off from our home on Dartmoor to cycle through France, hopefully arriving safe and well after about 18 days in Sete. They’ll be cycling just over 1500km in that time, not quite the Tour de France, but a big ride whichever way…

A 3 day taster trip to the Vaucluse – where do I start?

This last week has been lovely – the house has been full (a great test of the temporary fabric walls & open plan bathroom!) Not only has my eldest son been visiting with his girlfriend, but also my mum, so all the rooms have been put to good use. Of course my son knows the…

Saving money & having fun furnishing our house 

It’s hard to believe that we’ve had our little place in France for almost 2 months and slowly but surely it’s starting to feel more like a home. When we drove down we only brought the car with us so were very limited with what we were able to bring – not that we had…

Beyond the Veloroute- cycle #4 over the top to Sault

Over the years that we’ve been coming to the Vaucluse we have often ‘popped’ across the hills that sit between the Luberon & Mont Ventoux. This has always been done by car and I’ve seen people on bikes riding it and thought to myself – that’s not for me! That was until yesterday when we…

Beyond the end of the Veloroute- cycle #3 Simiane La Rotonde 

I have to admit to being rather tired last night. Yesterday’s cycle took us onto one of the roads  that turns left just before the end of the Veloroute du Calavon and it felt as if we spent most of our time going up hill. To start this ride we turned off the Veloroute immediately…

Food, Flowers & Fashion -Sunday in Coustellet 

For a long time the only market we tended to go to on a Sunday was the massive event that packs the narrow streets and pretty squares of L’Isle Sur La Sorgue. We would cycle in (early)  and have breakfast at the wonderful Café de France, before wandering around the town browsing the huge number…

Beyond the end of the Veloroute – cycle #2 Saignon

As I mentioned in my last post there are a number of lovely cycle rides that can be taken from the end of the Veloroute du Calavon, towards Cereste & beyond.   Having sat down with a neighbour she spent an hour poring over the map, pointing out quite a number of gentle, slightly challenging…