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Remembering Alex Manfull~À Table Project to fight PANDAS
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À Table! PANDAS ~remembering Alex

The COVID pandemic has consumed us all. My heart goes out to those that have lost loved ones and the debt owed to our health care workers can never be repaid. Globally the world has been tipped on its axis. …

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The Lourmarin market
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The Lourmarin market, re-opening this Friday!!

I was so happy to learn from my friends in Lourmarin that the Friday market is allowed to return tomorrow; with social distancing measures of course. After so many weeks of not being permitted, I’m thrilled for all the local …

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The story of the poppies, in Provence and elsewhere
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The story of the poppies, in Provence and elsewhere

It’s May and the poppies are blooming in Provence. Their tiny black faces almost obscured by their bright red hats, delicate, vibrant, petals wafting in the breeze. Last year I was in Lourmarin admiring them. This year I should have …

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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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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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