Caroline Longstaffe

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Lavender fields of Bonnieux, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, France
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The lavender of the Luberon, Provence

Throughout the Luberon region the landscape is peppered with fields of small, round shaped lavender bushes which for almost nine months of the year lie dormant like sleeping hedgehogs. In the spring they begin to sprout and from about the …

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Château Léoube entrance by the vines's,Bormes-les-Mimosas, Var Provence, France
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Léoube, Provençal rosé enticing England and California

When the USA fell in love with rosé It wasn’t that long ago that rosé wine was hard to find in USA. Initially it was often confused with white zinfandel, wine of a similar color but not similar in any …

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At the Terrace restaurant at Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
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Restaurants we love in Uzès, Aix-en-Provence & St-Rémy-de-Provence

Eating out, or more to the point eating outside, is very much a part of restaurant life in France. There are lots of places to choose from, and we love finding new ones. Here are a few restaurants we’ve just …

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The graves at the Canadien Normandy memorial near Arromanche
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Arromanches and The Memorials of Normandy

The Floating Harbours at Arromanches There were many factors contributing to the success of D-Day. Strategic planning, deception and the successful outcome of some of the initial targets was critical, such as Pegasus Bridge, and Point du Hoc. But the …

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Gold beach, Normandy site of the British troop Landings on D-Day, June 6th 1944
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D-Day: Operation Overlord ~ The Normandy Beaches

D-Day, June 6 1944, known by the brilliant strategists that oversaw it as ‘Operation Overlord’, is perhaps one of the most meticulously researched and planned military operations ever executed. An immortal day, forever written in the sands of time that …

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View of Lourmarin Village, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, France
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A million miles away

“Life is what happens when you’re busy doing other things.” Words of wisdom I’ve often heard from a dear friend, for indeed sometimes life does throw you off course and you find yourself in unexpected circumstances. Such was our story …

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Streets of Lourmarin at Christmas
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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
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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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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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