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The harbour at Carry-le- Rouet, nr Marseilles
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Lunch in the ‘petit port’ of Carry le Rouet near Marseilles

This quaint little bay at Carry le Rouet is full of tempting restaurants and it is a delicious spot for moules frites or steaming, hot soupe de poisson with a crisp vin rosé. Follow Shutters & Sunflowers

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Church square in Les Baux-de-Provence, Provence, France
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Carrières de Lumières and Les Baux de Provence

Of all the places to visit with James, Les Baux-de-Provence was a ‘must’. My first visit there had actually been with him, on a freezing, windy, Monday in early March 2012. It was out of season and James hadn’t been …

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Exploring Roussillon, Luberon, Provence
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Mother and son exploring the Luberon together

How wonderful to have my son to myself for a whole week! ‘Buried’ together in the depths of the Luberon, as I introduced him to all that I hold dear about this beautiful spot. James is definitely a European, proud …

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Luberon vineyards by Ménerbes in Autumn
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Nature’s autumn gown in Provence

As we drove through the countryside yesterday surrounded by the beauty of the season and the drama of the landscape, I pondered how colour defines the time of year. Follow Shutters & Sunflowers

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Oppede le Vieux, Luberon, France
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Oppède-le-Vieux

Oppède-le-Vieux, its narrow, broken, cobbled streets leading up to its 12th century, ruined ramparts. High on a rocky precipice over looking the lush Luberon valley far below, abundant with vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards. This is a striking and …

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Cheese in the Lourmarin market, Lourmarin, Luberon, Provence
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The Lourmarin Marché

When you have been to one market you have been to them all. Well in one sense that is true. They all sell similar things in an outside setting, scattered round a town square or along a few streets. Maybe …

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Nice, France
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Nice, capital of the Côte d’Azur

Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, vibrant and exciting with its splendid shopping streets, famous beachfront Promenade d’ Anglais, its charming old town and stunning flower market.  The ancient history of Nice dates back to the Greeks, 350 BC, …

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Gates to the walled Medieval city of Aigues-Mortes, Langudoc Roussillon, France
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Aigues-Mortes, enchanting Medieval Ramparts and ……… salt!!

It is funny how the events of a day that you had not particularly been looking forward to can take an unexpected turn that fills your heart with joy. I left my Kate at the tiny airport of Béziers, a further …

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Les Baux-de-Provence

France, and especially southern France is famous for its perched villages, Les Baux-de-Provence is one such stone bastide, which clings, seemingly quite precariously, to the hillside. Mostly built in the Middle Ages on carefully chosen prominent rock faces, offering the …

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Medical crisis in Uzes, ambulance on Rue du Grande Bougarde Uzes
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“Bon Courage!” – coping with a medical crisis in Uzes

A medical crisis in Uzes is not something I had anticipated. I never expected to have to learn such french words as ‘infirmière’, ‘douleur’, ‘ordonnance’, ‘chirurgie’ – nurse, pain, prescription, surgery… There are of course other words which have a much easier …

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