Pottering in Provence #1

Missing The Vaucluse and watching any programmes we can find that mention Provence. Everything seems focused on Marseille and The Camargue, so we’ve started thinking about where we would go and what we would see instead

A little Walk & stunning views above Simiane-La-Rotonde

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve got into a bit of a routine, going for a nice bike ride one day and taking Millie for a longer walk on the next. It’s a great time of year to be here with the dog as it’s not too warm to walk, in fact most days…

Another walk to Roussillon with Millie for coffee

Although we always like to think that every day in Provence is warm and sunny, that really isn’t the case. In the last week we’ve had sunshine & blue skies one day… then heavy snow the next…. before a couple of days of icy wind and a milky sky…. and then today simply leaden skies…

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…

An afternoon at The Thermal Spa in Montbrun Les Bains

Sometimes it takes me a while to get round to doing something and this week I finally decided I would go and try out the Spa at Montbrun Les Bains. I say finally as our lovely neighbour had mentioned it to me 3 years ago, just after we bought the house, saying it was a…

Day 2 & 3.. 24 hours in Paris…. Footsore, but what a day!

After a great day in Portobello Road, we arrived in Paris to a dramatic downpour, with the roads and pavements turning into rivers as we walked to our hotel in Montmartre. Hardly the balmy, sunlit stroll along the Parisian streets that we had hoped for…. More a saturating dash, ending with us wringing the water…

Perfectly Cool Day By The River… Happy, Soggy Doggy

Whenever we come down to Provence for a prolonged period we always bring the animals with us.It’s a Dog’s Life in Provence Happily Pusscat immediately adapts to life here, switching from being a Devonian cat to a full-blown Provencal resident, spending her days chasing Lizards and Grasshoppers or stretching out in the shade under one…

Market Day in Banon

Sometimes the best laid plans have to be cast aside and that was the case last Tuesday. After taking the dog for an early-morning walk and getting everything ready for a cycle out to Roussillon for breakfast, we started to get the bikes out, only to hear the rumble of thunder coming from the valley…

Meandering around Menerbes

We often find ourselves sitting on the wall on the front edge of the pretty village of Menerbes, whilst we’re out exploring the area on our bikes. Like so many of the hilltop villages here it has an incredible view that stretches as far as Mont Ventoux, and we spend time just sitting and watching…