Caroline Longstaffe

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Streets of Lourmarin at Christmas
Lourmarin

Christmas in Provence

We departed Lourmarin just as winter had arrived, with Christmas round the corner. The trees were almost bare, only a few remnants of their golden autumn gown still clinging to the branches. Temperatures had fallen, especially when the Mistral blew …

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Cézanne's Provence at Carrières des Lumières, 2021
Around ProvenceLes Baux-de-Provence

Cézanne, Le Maître de la Provence at Carrières des Lumières

Artists have always been drawn to Provence, inspired by its’ striking beauty and the brilliance of its natural light which so illuminates this stunning part of France. For me, the artist who spectacularly showcases the radiance of the region, is …

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France

The Knights Templars and cheese of the Aveyron

We continued our exploration of the Aveyron, weaving our way through the lush countryside with its deep red earth. We stopped off in more of the region’s story book villages, (all one of ‘Les Plus Beau Villages de France’ ) …

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LourmarinLuberonStories from Lourmarin

Returning somewhere special, Lourmarin, our village in Provence

After many months, and much persistence, dealing with the disappointment of cancelled flights and the uncertainty of COVID, we’d managed to return to England. After spending five special weeks with family and friends we were finally at the entrance to …

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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA
Elsewhere in USA

Crater Lake ~ the stunning finale to our American Road Trip

By day 19 of our American Road trip we’d visited seven states, marveled at the beauty of Deer Valley, and the breathtaking wonders of The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Montana, Glacier, (well almost!), The Columbia River Gorge and the Willamette Valley. …

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Elsewhere in USA

Whitefish, Montana, to the Willamette Valley, Oregon ~ Days 16-19 American Road Trip

Day 15: Melrose to Whitefish, Montana We were clearly not destined to return to the sun-drenched days we’d enjoyed when we’d first arrived at The Big Hole River. Being with our good friends we still had a great time and …

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Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone
Elsewhere in USA

Day 7 of our American Road Trip ~ Old Faithful & other Yellowstone wonders

We spent our first night inYellowstone  at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge a 5 minute walk from Yellowstone’s most famous icon, ‘Old Faithful’. It’s more expensive to stay inside the park but it was great to be so close to …

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Elsewhere in USA

Day 6 of our American Road Trip ~ Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is one of those places that people visit and enthuse over, urging you to go there too. I’m not sure what we were expecting. I knew Yellowstone was famous for its thermal area and was obviously excited …

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Elsewhere in USA

American Road Trip ~The Tetons, Wyoming, Idaho & Montana

Day 5 of our American Road Trip On Day 5 we spent the morning still bedazzled by the Tetons exploring further into Grand Teton National Park The snow capped peaks of the Teton range dominated the skyline. Their reflection in …

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