A Lavender-scented cycle ride to Sault – Video

A few weeks ago, when the fields were purple and the air was scented with Lavender, we took a ride across the Saint Christol Plateau to Sault, simply to enjoy the sight. Enjoy it with us now on YouTube A ride through the lavender It’s a ride we love to do as the views are…

Slow Tourism and Active Travel by bike in Provence

Over the last few days I have been asked the question ‘Why do you cycle?’ by a couple of people I’ve met and yesterday it was posted by one of the women’s cycling groups as well. It got me thinking about the reasons why, and I thought I’d share them with you, so hopefully you…

Fifi the cycle carrier

I Mentioned in yesterday’s post about the story of using 2CVs to set the categorisation of climbs in The Tour De France. It made us realise the final climb back to the house can only be done in 1st gear, so is a Category 1 climb, and to be honest pretty tough at the end…

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…

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 –…

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…

Beyond the Veloroute #12 – Over the top to Cucuron

It’s been a long time since I last posted about a cycle ride in the area, that’s not because we haven’t been cycling, in fact the opposite is true. This area is so good for cycling and even though we thought we had been along most of the main routes, we continue to find new…

Purple Provence – Where to see Lavender in the Vaucluse.

It’s this time of year that Provence turns purple when the Lavender fields start to explode with colour and the air fills with scent as the flowerheads gently brush against each other in the breeze. The air above them seems to shimmer with the colour and the constant buzz of bees and insects is a…

The incredible gardens at Valsaintes Abbey

I have always loved gardens, although I have to admit to not being a great gardener myself. A summer garden with deep herbaceous borders, filled with the scent and colour of roses is always a delight and we have some delightful ones around us in the UK, such as this one at Coombe Trenchard just…