Caroline Longstaffe

About the Author Caroline Longstaffe


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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'Are we French yet?' an American's perspective of living in Provence by Keith Van Sickle
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‘Are we French yet?’ ~ The magic of living in Provence by Keith Van Sickle

What motivates and inspires someone to leave where they live where everything is safe and familiar and move to another country? Somewhere with a completely different language, culture and way of doing things? What happens if you need medical attention …

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Exterior of KOT Interior Shop Lourmarin, Luberon. Vaucluse, Provence, France
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Beautiful people & beautiful linens in Lourmarin at KOT

As we’ve spent increasing amounts of time in Lourmarin we’ve come to know more of the people in the village, all of whom have been warm and welcoming.  Like us, many of them are not originally from the area but …

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La Maison FRANC, Lourmarin, Christmas Lavender Boules
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Lavender, the essence of Provence from La Maison FRANC 1884, Lourmarin

When Philippe Franc, the owner of La Maison FRANC first came to live in Pertuis, near Lourmarin, his neighbor welcomed him with a gift, a lavender wand or Coeur de Lavande. It was a defining moment and the first step …

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Crouching spider by Louise Bourgeois at Chateau La Coste,Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence, France
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Château La Coste, Provence, art, architecture food and wine!

Nestled among rolling vineyards between the historic city of Aix-en-Provence (14km) and the stunning Luberon Valley (21km) you will find Château La Coste. Purchased by Irish real estate developer Paddy McKillen in 2002, the ordinary has been transformed into the extraordinary. Château La …

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