Beating the January Blues in Provence

I have to start by saying that I really dislike January. I know it’s a a quiet time of year after the excesses of Christmas and a time for looking forward to the year ahead, also my birthday happens to fall within it too, but I still find it the most depressing of months. Despite…

Cycle Hire and Info

Cycling in and around Provence is simply delightful, there are plenty of Bike Hire companies for both traditional and e-bikes and lots of great routes to find and ride: Velo Loisir Provence – this is a superb local organisation that promotes and supports cycling across the area. A font of all knowledge on cycling in…

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 –…

Learn French In Provence

Learning French has been key to us finding our feet and settling into our part-time life in Provence and we have found the perfect teacher with Marina, Ecole Franci-Discendum – Learn French in Provence Patient, considerate and passionate about the history and culture of Provence, her lessons have challenged us, but have helped us feel comfortable…

Eco-friendly cottage Viens

  Situated in the beautiful village of Viens, with a boulangerie, alimentation & restaurant and surrounded by spectacular scenery and of course lavender fields, is this peaceful, eco-friendly cottage. Owned by Pascal and his wife Marina, who runs her own French Language School – Learn French in Provence Perfect for a couple, it’s a lovely…

Saddlebag of Memories – we have a cycle ride to plan

Ever since Andy and I first visited France together on our honeymoon so many years ago, we have always had our bikes with us. Not the sleek road-bikes we have now… … but a real hodge-podge of a collection, from Andy’s well-used commuting road-bike he had had for about 10 years, to heavy old mountain…

When the day doesn’t go as planned……

I had yesterday planned out in my mind and very lovely it was going to be too…. An early start, with my silver-buying head on, to go to the Deballage (Unwrapping) at Avignon. This is a regular event run for professionals only to buy from dealers and I had finally got the necessary paperwork to…

Settling in after a few weeks away…..

Time is a very strange thing indeed, I have been back in the UK for less than 4 weeks and although the time has flown by, it feels as if I have been away from France for so much longer. I am sure there is some psychological explanation for this, but I wouldn’t have any…