Caroline Longstaffe

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Snow for Christmas in Lourmarin, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence
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Preparations for Christmas in Lourmarin

Lourmarin is ready for Fête de Noël. Frosty white fir trees have appeared along our petite rue below a canopy of lights. Throughout the village, once night has fallen, these fine strings of twinkle line the streets in rows of sparkling ribbons. …

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Marché de Noël stall in the Christmas market in Aix-en-Provence, Bouche du Rhone, Provence, France
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Christmas Traditions & Marchés de Noël in Provence

It’s December in Provence, snow has already sprinkled its magic across the villages and as the nights draw in and daylights fades each day, a bitter chill drapes itself like a frozen mantle across the dark golden, sprawling vineyards. Everywhere …

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Carrières de Lumières 2017 Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo, Les Baux de Provence,Provence, France
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Carrières de Lumières Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo, ‘from the fantastic to the wonderful’

Yesterday was special, leaving our paintbrushes and plumbing issues behind, we drove towards the jagged hills of Les Alpilles through Le plaine de la Crau, winding our way through the lush valley floor of silvery, green olive trees and golden …

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The Lourmarin clock tower in autumn, Luberon, Provence
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Our house in Lourmarin Part 2~ when all is not so wonderful!

Don’t you ever wonder when you ask your friends how they are and they always say ‘wonderful’? Really, always wonderful, no-one’s life is wonderful all of the time, is it? I know I’m a sharer, I write a blog after …

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View through the shutters of a maison de village in Lourmarin, Provence, France
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Our house in Lourmarin, Provence

Back in March I wrote about the excitement of returning somewhere special, to Lourmarin, quoting from Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” I also mentioned that I had an appointment with a real estate agent…. …

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The Spread Eagle Hotel, Midhurst, Sussex England
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‘The Spread Eagle’ Midhurst, an historic English Inn

The Spread Eagle Hotel can be found in the pretty market town of Midhurst, West Sussex, in the heart of the beautiful South Downs, just over an hour south of London. Steeped in history, it is one of the oldest …

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Chelsea Properties, Chelsea, London, England
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Chelsea, London

Chelsea, London, SW1, one of the most exclusive and of course expensive addresses in London, if not Britain. Close to the River Thames, Chelsea boasts streets of grand mansions and delightful mews properties and some of the capital’s most high …

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Chateau of Monbazillac, near Bergerac, Perigord, France
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Fairy tale châteaux, medieval villages and wine in France’s Dordogne!

Turreted medieval castles towering over hillsides which tumble down into bountiful plateaus resplendent with vineyards, along which is threaded a mighty, twisting river peppered with a collection of picturesque, medieval villages. The former stage for swashbuckling adventurers, elegant ladies in …

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Cobbled street in Grambois, Luberon, Provence
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Grambois a tiny village in Provence’s Luberon

I always love to discover a new village in the Luberon. On an previous trip we had eaten in the delightful and delicious, family run restaurant and hotel, L’Auberge des Tilleuls which sits at the bottom of the tiny village of …

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The Rear & Terrace at Harewood House, Yorkshire, England
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Harewood House, the setting for ‘VICTORIA’

If, like me, you enjoy becoming immersed in classic period dramas such as ‘The Crown’, ‘Downtown Abbey’ or ‘Poldark’, which, biased as I am, the Brits excel in producing, have you ever wondered where they are filmed? It is rarely …

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