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A viaduct, fairy-tale chateaux and the medieval villages of the Aveyron

Just under a three hours drive north west of Lourmarin lies the Aveyron region of southern France. A place of mystical fairy-tale châteaux, (we were fortunate enough to stay in one), medieval villages, gothic cathedrals, and a past where swash …

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Butte Mining Area in winter, Butte Montana, USA
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Day 9 -14 of our American Road Trip ~ Montana’s fly fishing & mining legacy

Fly fishing in Montana Montana is renowned for its beautiful fly fishing rivers. Enthusiasts come from all over the country to float the rivers and fish. For me, the idea of wading into cold water, albeit with waterproofs on, to …

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The colors by the Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, USA
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Day 8 of our American Road Trip ~ Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin & driving to Montana

Our final morning at Yellowstone was possibly the most incredible. The clear blue skies probably helping to make our final Yellowstone stop, the Midway Geyser Basin, look even more spectacular. The basin was only a five minute drive from where …

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The Lourmarin market
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The Lourmarin market, re-opening this Friday!!

I was so happy to learn from my friends in Lourmarin that the Friday market is allowed to return tomorrow; with social distancing measures of course. After so many weeks of not being permitted, I’m thrilled for all the local …

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The Cologne Christmas market in Germany
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The Cologne Christmas Market

It’s Christmas Eve, Christmas is so close you can almost touch it. Homes everywhere are bedecked with Christmas finery, refrigerators bulge with Christmas indulgence, for most of us the shopping’s been done and the presents wrapped. Where did you shop …

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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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Shutters and Sunflowers of Provence
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New shutters and fresh sunflowers for 2017!

Many of you have been asking Shutters and Sunflowers “where are you?” “why haven’t there been any posts?” Well before I explain, firstly Happy New Year! Somewhat belated, but surely it’s never too late to send good wishes? The truth …

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Noel wreath, the magic of Christmas
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The magic of Christmas…

Do you remember being a small child and the wonder and magic of Christmas? The excitement and anticipation and most of all the magic; Father Christmas and reindeer landing on snow covered roof tops, woodland creatures creating their own celebrations, …

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Marc Chagall at Carrières de Lumières 2016
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Marc Chagall at Carrières de Lumières, 2016

The incredible art of Russia’s Marc Chagall at Carrières de Lumières has been a 2016 sensation! Yet another maestro’s talent splashed upon the towering walls and floor of the former bauxite quarry in Val d’Enfer, by Les Baux de Provence.  Set to a mystical, …

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