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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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Mizso artisan jewelry shop, Lourmarin, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, France
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Mizso, hand made treasures of a jewelry shop in Lourmarin, Provence

Tucked away on one of its tiny streets, is a small jewelry shop in Lourmarin; not just any jewelry shop selling things which might be found elsewhere, but Mizso; owned by the delightful and talented Valerie. It is packed full of …

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A view of Lourmarin in autumn
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Provence’s spell binding village of Lourmarin in autumn

Lourmarin in autumn; the intensity of the sun has faded but it still has some warmth. The crowds have receded but the region’s vibrancy has not diminished. The vendage is almost complete and the air is perfumed with the heady scent of …

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