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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France

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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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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Butte Mining Area in winter, Butte Montana, USA
Elsewhere in USA

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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