Caroline Longstaffe

About the Author Caroline Longstaffe


Shutters of Provence in Lourmarin Provence, France
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The Shutters of Provence

I’m often asked why I called my blog ‘Shutters and Sunflowers’. To me they are both so defining of Provence and indeed much of France. Throughout this beautiful country many of the buildings whether historic or recently built are adorned …

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Entrance to L'Auberge la fenière, Lourmarin, Luberon, Provence, France
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L’Auberge La Fenière, Reine Sammut’s stunning Lourmarin restaurant

L’Auberge La Fenière is a delightful hotel with an award winning, Michelin star restaurant and bistro run by renowned chef Reine Sammut and her daughter Nadia. On the outskirts of Lourmarin it’s one of our favourites. We’ve enjoyed  their delicious food …

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Lilamand Confiseur candied fruits at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, France
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Lilamand Confiseur~ candied fruits of Provence in L’Isle sur la Sorgue

If you get the chance to go to L’Isle sur la Sorgue do visit the stunning candied fruit shop of Lilamand Confiseur. The little sister to the one in Saint-Rémy de Provence, where the business was founded by Marius Lilamand in 1866 …

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Spring Antiques Fair in l'Isle sur la Sorgue Luberon, Vaucluse France
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Spring Antiques Fair in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Over the last 30 years L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has become known all over France for its antiques. This picturesque little town has over 250 antique, art and decoration shops offering an extensive array of treasures from amongst its incredible collections. I told you …

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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Sunday antiques market, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, France
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Sunday Antique Market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Sunday morning is market day in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Known throughout Europe for its astounding array of antique shops, alongside its’ conventional Provencal market, this charming town also hosts an incredible Sunday Antiques market too. Just 39km from Lourmarin, the pretty drive …

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The Provencal markets, Provence, France
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Markets in Provence

A visit to Lourmarin would not be complete without at least one visit to a local market in Provence. Friday is market day in Lourmarin But from early morning until about 1pm you’ll find a market in Provence, somewhere, every day: Markets …

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Lourmarin Travel Guide, Lourmarin Friday Market, Luberon, Provence
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Friday is market day in Lourmarin!

Early on Friday morning, around when the clock chimes eight, the sound of clanking metal posts gently peppers the air. White vans fill the car park outside my door and market stalls spring up in Lourmarin’s Place Henri Barthélémy spilling …

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Speaking at The Pilsudski Institute about the Poles who cracked Enigma

I’m delighted to have been invited to speak at the Pilsudski Institute, London on May 14th 2019 about my novel  THE SUNFLOWER FIELD Interwoven with a modern day, fictitious wartime mystery, THE SUNFLOWER FIELD  tells the true story of three Polish mathematicians who …

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The magic of Provence
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‘a few of my favourite things…..’ in Provence!

When one thinks of Provence, a visual wonder of enchanting spectacles fills the mind. Over the years I’ve tried to capture their simple magic to remember when I’m far away. Sharing them with you now the words of Frederic Mistral, …

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Nanou the owner of Rose de Bagatelle, 18 Rue du Temple, 84160, Lourmarin, France
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Rose de Bagatelle ~more treasures & gifts from Lourmarin

‘It’s a small world’ ‘It’s a small world’, maybe an over used cliché…… Yet things often happen to me, fine gossamer strands weaving connections to my life in California and very often Provence. These invisible threads do indeed shrink my …

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