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Springtime in England, a village house in Turville
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Springtime in England

“Oh, to be in England now that April’s there,” Robert Browning’s words could not have rung more true for me this springtime in England. Simply put it’s pretty, breathtakingly pretty, especially in the spring. Springtime in England ~ rolling fields dotted with …

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Plan a stay in Lourmarin, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence
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Plan a stay in Lourmarin the Luberon, Provence

I am often asked if I could help to plan a stay in Lourmarin, so voilà! This itinerary would work from any of the nearby Luberon villages, I’ve planned it round my favourite market days, listed below. But don’t rush around too …

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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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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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Perched villages of the Luberon, Vaucluse,Provence, France
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The Luberon’s ‘plus beaux villages de France’, ‘beautiful villages of France’,

Some of most ‘beautiful villages of France’ plus beaux villages de France’ are found in the Vaucluse region of Provence. Of the seven Vaucluse villages classified as ‘plus beaux villages de France’, five are in the Luberon Valley; Lourmarin and four villages perchés (hilltop villages); Ansouis, Menerbes, Gordes and Roussillon. …

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Chateau Canorgue, Bonnieux, Luberon, Provence, film location for 'A Good Year'
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Château La Canorgue a ‘A Good Year’, even if you’re not in Provence!

When ever I am feeling far away, yearning to be back in the Luberon in Provence, one of my solutions is to re watch, yes for the hundredth time, ‘A Good Year.’ Filmed at Château La Canorgue, minutes from Lourmarin, it perfectly encapsulates …

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Luberon vineyards by Ménerbes in Autumn
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The Luberon in autumn, adorned in a golden gown

The Luberon in autumn, a flame with colour, as paintbrush strokes of magenta and ochre sweep the summer away. As each season appears, I say to myself, that this is my favourite. In winter I love the crisp mornings, sparkling frost, …

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