Continuing to learn french and keeping in touch with Provence in a ‘virtual world’ … More Keeping in touch
It’s always good to finally tick something off the list of things you have wanted to do for a while – last year it was finally getting to see the Fête du Citron (now to be an annual event for us) and yesterday I got round to seeing the immersive multimedia show in the Carrières … More Vincent Van Gogh – Les Carrières de Lumières.
Over the summer one of our favourite cycle rides took us to the delightful Boulangerie at Simiane-La-Rotonde, just across the border from us towards Banon in the neighbouring Department of Alpes de Haute Provence. The Boulangerie itself is worth the hour long uphill cycle, but it’s not the only attraction as the village itself … More Stepping back in time at Simiane La Rotonde
A few years ago now we headed across to Les Baux-de-Provence with our boys, after having seen the spectacular site in the helicopter footage during the coverage of the Tour de France, which unsurprisingly is essential viewing in our house! Les Baux-de-Provence sits atop a rocky promontory on the Southern side of Les Alpilles not … More Treading in ancient footsteps at Les Baux-de-Provence
I really should have taken a better note of the date when I got up at 2.30am today to travel to the Airport! I suppose an early start, lack of coffee & a distinct need for sugar made me take my eye off the ball, but perhaps they’re just excuses & I should just accept … More Poisson d’Avril – Hook, Line & Sinker!
In the centre of the pretty village of Saint Saturnin les Apt is a peaceful square (home to the vibrant Tuesday morning market), and to one side is a small garden area that sits in front of a dramatic stone wall, which is a memorial to the dramatic and devastating events that happened there on … More In the Footsteps of the Resistance
This time last year Andy and I were in Provence house-hunting & if I’m honest we never really imagined that we would now be preparing to spend our first Christmas in our own home in France. It’s been a great year and for the first time we’ve managed to spend extended holidays in and around … More A First French Christmas
I can’t help it – I’m a sucker for a local Festival in France – so you can imagine I was delighted when, on a planned bike ride last week, we arrived in Saint Didier and noticed a sign for the Fig Festival taking place in Caromb that day. I feel I should explain that Caromb was … More A Fig Festival & a horse in a ‘flat-cap’
Sunday here really wouldn’t be Sunday without a trip to L’Isle Sur La Sorgue market and today was no exception, particularly as I had noticed that there would be an extended Brocante market over the Pentecost Bank Hoilday. Once again the boys accepted their fate & happily cycled through the lanes to the town. Last … More Two Weeks in Provence -Day 9 – A quiet cycle & the ‘Fete de L’Olivier’
As I mentioned last week I thought I would start the year by posting an A-Z of my favourite things about the Vaucluse area so here we go A is for Avignon Why start with Avignon instead of perhaps Aix or Apt? This was actually quite a simple choice, as I’ve always felt that the … More Ais for Avignon