This time last week, Andy was back in Exeter, making sure that everything was ready for his return back to France. He had his sheaf of paperwork ready, his European vaccine passport on his phone, and his rucksack packed for the train journey home to Provence. After trying just about every possible way to travel … More Making the most of life in Provence
I can’t help but have rather a soft spot for Fontaine De Vaucluse. I can’t really explain why, but there is something about it that just makes me smile. The word Vaucluse derives from the latin ‘vallis clausa’ or ‘closed valley’ a perfect description for the setting of this village, that gives its name to … More Fontaine De Vaucluse.
To be honest there hasn’t really been much to look forward to over the last few months, it’s been hard for so many reasons and even the most positive of people (me included) has found it difficult to really look forward to anything. Watching this year’s delayed Tour De France was one high spot, even … More Save the Date – Le Tour returns to The Vaucluse
I can honestly say that yesterday felt like a holiday. I know that probably sounds a bit ridiculous – I’m in Provence, I cycle almost every day, I have stunning villages to visit and explore, surely every day should feel like a holiday. The fact is that generally it does and don’t get me wrong, … More Back to a Brocante – with a bit of planning ahead.
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 … More Events and Festivals
As you have probably gathered by now we tend to enjoy spending our time in France cycling, visiting brocante market & vide greniers and drinking coffee, with the days passing by in a blur and us inevitably falling into bed each evening tired and satisfied after the day’s activities. There are certainly worse ways of … More The Pleasure and Pain of cycling to a Brocante Market
There is something wonderful about a traditional French market and over the years we’ve spent a considerable amount of time ambling around them in different towns across the Country.The lively Saturday Market in AptThe nice thing is that each area expresses its own identity through its markets – with the wonderful seafood stalls, full of … More 3 ‘Small but Perfectly Formed’ Provence markets
I can’t help it – I love any opportunity to fuddle around an Antiques & Brocante market in France and over the August Bank Holiday weekend the Antiques Art and You Festival – http://foire-isle-sur-sorgue.fr/en/home/ ….takes place in pretty L’Isle Sur La Sorgue and it’s now becoming rather a fixture in our Summer calendar. Yesterday … More From Silver to Shrek – Antiques & Art in L’Isle sur La Sorgue
Let me start by saying that my husband & I both hate grey! It’s a colour that we’ve never really got on with …… I’m sorry as I know lots of people love it when the skies are a monochrome slab of grey cloud, encouraging fires to be lit and giving rise to ideas of … More The Colours of Provence
There is something so wonderful about French buildings and all too often we miss seeing them as we hurry past or simply focus on everything at eye-level. In the past I’ve probably been one of the worst, focusing on just cramming as many of the things we love to do into a busy couple of … More Peeling Paint, Shabby Shutters & Intricate Ironwork – How wonderful