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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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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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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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Spring blossoms in Lourmarin
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Spring in Provence, England and Lake Tahoe, California

I haven’t written a post for a while, feeling unsure during these difficult times about what people might want to read. Springtime in Provence? But then I’m not actually there, and like most people can’t even get there….. Life on …

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Rear of Domaine de Fontenille, Lauris, Luberon Vaucluse, Provence, France
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Luxury Luberon spa hotel, Domaine de Fontenille

Imagine staying in a glorious 19th century Provencal country estate surrounded by mighty cedars, olive trees and resplendent vineyards framed by the rolling Luberon hills of the Durance Valley. Transformed in 2013 by architect Alexandre Lafourcade, Domaine de Fontenille is …

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Christmas preparations in Lourmarin, Provence, France
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Christmas traditions & shopping in Provence

It’s December and people everywhere are getting ready for Christmas. After weeks of blue skies and gentle warm days it’s raining where I live in California and temperatures have plummeted. The puddles are splattered with the last remnants of autumn …

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Carrières de Lumières the magnificence of 2019 Van Gogh, La Nuit étoilée
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Carrières de Lumières 2019 Van Gogh, La Nuit étoilée

Since opening in 2012 the stunning video art show at Carrières de Lumières has entranced millions. Situated just steps from the medieval perched village of Les Baux-de-Provence each year, the work of the Masters is splashed across the cavernous walls …

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Lourmarin Travel Guide, Sunflower field in Luberon, Provence
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The Sunflowers of Provence

Why Shutters and Sunflowers? Sunflowers are synonymous with Provence, their bright smiling faces adorning paintings and postcards throughout the region. With brilliant yellow petals, sometimes known as rays, their resemblance to the summer sun is unmistakable. Stunningly beautiful these dazzling …

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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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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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