The last couple of days have been a bit of a whirl, which culminated on Friday in me driving across to the stunning Gorges du Tarn The drive across is lovely, following the main road through the centre of Avignon, on to Uzès then across to the old mining town of Alès, clearly very proud … More An opportunity for a night away & Sommières Brocante
What we’ve realised since we bought the house this time last year is that there is no really bad time to cycle in Provence. Yes Summer is hot, but speaking as a ‘mad dog’ I’m very happy to go out in the mid-day sun and to be honest it gives us a great excuse for … More Beyond the Veloroute cycle #9 – Roussillon, Bonnieux & an Elephant!
For the last week Apt has been turning purple. Not only have the fields around the town been scenting the air with Lavender, but purple bunting has appeared, shops have had tables outside with displays of lavender flowers & plants have been appearing in the street. All a pre-cursor today’s ‘Fete de la Lavande’. I … More Lavender, Lavender everywhere….. The Apt Lavender Festival
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 … More Food, Flowers & Fashion -Sunday in Coustellet
This morning I headed out of the Vaucluse and took the relatively short drive across to Forcalquier for its superb Monday market. The drive itself is quite stunning, taking a plane-lined route along the northern edge of the Luberon, before it opens out onto a spectacular view across to the low Alps, which were still … More A market, a Citadelle & difficulties with what to wear.
In 8 days time we should be at the Notaire’s office in Apt, on the verge of signing the final paperwork ‘Acte Authentique’ for our new house in the Vaucluse. As you can probably imagine things are a bit frantic at home as we are trying to get everything ready to take with us in the … More A new start – one week to go
Anyone who really knows me will say I’m not really a city person. I’ve always lived in small villages or on the edge of small market towns and although I enjoy spending the odd day in a large town or city – I usually can’t wait to escape & head back to the countryside. I … More A potter round Montpellier
As a mother of 2 rugby-loving teenage boys I know that there is potentially a very short shelf-life for any nice pieces of pottery in our house, which is such a pity. I must admit that both my hubby and I look forward to the day when we may be able to buy a nice … More P is for Pottery Markets