Caroline Longstaffe

About the Author Caroline Longstaffe


Gardens of England at Blenheim
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Grand homes and stunning gardens of England

England is famous for its palaces, castles and grand stately homes. Most sit surrounded by beautifully designed grounds and extensive gardens, commissioned by their dedicated owners centuries earlier. Steeped in a rich history, years of secrets are buried along their …

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Frantastique, learning French online
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Wish your French was frantastique ?

I think that French is the prettiest of languages and I would so love to speak it better! Years of tedious French lessons at school, pouring over verbs and tenses, the sub-conjunctive this and past participle that, were all quite hopeless. All I’ve ever …

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Last night I dreamt, going to Lourmarin, Luberon, Provence, France
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Last night I dreamt of…… a special place

There is a line in a wonderful story I love, Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier:‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again’. People often dream about places which caused their emotions to become heightened, sometimes it’s not a good thing and sometimes …

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Time Square, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA
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New York, New York

New York, exciting and vibrant, its enticing appeal never failing to thrill. A city that never sleeps; where impatient car horns constantly reverberate; everyone from everywhere in a hurry. A city where the question isn’t ‘where should we eat?’ but …

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Inside the Lourmarin chateau
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A tour inside the Lourmarin Château

Last time I told you about Provence’s first Renaissance château, The Lourmarin Château and promised that next time we would peek inside. Here you will find a fascinating and sometimes quite surprising, eclectic collection of treasures, thanks to the legacy of its …

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The Lourmarin Château in Lourmarin, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, France
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The Lourmarin Château

The Lourmarin Château lies on the edge of the fairy tale village of Lourmarin, nestled under the gently rolling hills of Provence’s southern Luberon. Visit it to admire its beautiful antiques, discover its fascinating history and enjoy a musical soirée …

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
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San Francisco – ‘The City by the Bay’ – Travel Guide

A TRAVEL GUIDE FOR EXPLORING SAN FRANCISCO Download the San Francisco Travel Guide  here or read it below First light in the ‘City by the Bay’, the iconic red pillars of the Golden Gate Bridge peek out above the fog, gradually slipping away to …

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Shutters and Sunflowers new website
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Shutters and Sunflowers ~ a new site!

Welcome to the new Shutters and Sunflowers website! It should now be easier to retrieve information to help you with your own travel plans. Posts have been re-categorized to make this more simple; if you hover over the menu bar, drop downs will …

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