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Celebrating four years of Shutters and Sunflowers!

It’s been four years since I started writing, Shutters and Sunflowers, when I was sharing my life in Provence. I’m still writing, mostly about travel and you’re still reading, thank you, but behind the scenes ‘blogging’ has evolved greatly. Every …

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Ducal castle of Uzes, Languedoc Roussillon, France
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Know the historical facts on your visit to Uzès!

Uzès has a vibrant, ancient history, did you know that: Uzès was first settled over one thousand years ago? During Roman Times it was an important commercial and cultural center? Duche d’ Uzès Uzès is the home to the first duchy …

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Returning to my beautiful Uzès

Uzès, the charming town where I was fortunate enough to spend 4 treasured months in 2012. This vibrant, Duché d’Uzès, the oldest remaining Duchy in France, dating from 1572, steeped in a rich history, was as special as I had remembered it. …

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“Parlez-vous français?”| learning French in Uzès

“Parlez-vous français?” – “Oui, un petit peu” – was my response when I arrived in Uzès in January before I had began learning French. By the time I left at the end of May I was able to truthfully answer the same question …

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Turn the door handle to enter, a house in Provence…….

Have you ever wondered what is behind ‘that door’,  if you turned the door handle who you would find?And if you did, how many people the property enfolds, how old they are, what their lives involve, how the house is …

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Life perspectives in Provence, all different and yet the same……

Life perspectives change maybe just like the seasons. Right now Uzès is bursting into life. The new leaves have gently uncurled, already beginning to form their natural canopy of shade along the streets and in Place aux Herbs. Shops and restaurants, …

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Life is not about the destination but the journey

Yesterday as I went to see Chris after his surgery my journey again took me along tree lined vineyards carpeted in a soft kiss of white blossom petals. Tractors slowly churning the rich soil, men toiling alone, bedecked in large …

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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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Life in Provence, filling my heart with joy, each day!

As I woke on Wednesday morning, contemplating the day ahead and my life in Provence, I thought that to celebrate the year’ s extra day, February 29th, I should be doing something special, other than focusing on work. Then I remembered …

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