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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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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 Sunflower Field, a World War II novel about the Polish code breakers who first broke the Enigma code
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The Sunflower Field ~ the story of who first cracked the Enigma Code

‘The Sunflower Field,’ my debut novel, is written to honor the ‘few’, of which there were thousands, who during World War II, in words inspired by Winston Churchill, “gave so much, for so many.” In particular for three of those ‘few’, the …

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Frantastique, learning French online
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Wish your French was frantastique ?

I think that French is the prettiest of languages and I would so love to speak it better! Years of tedious French lessons at school, pouring over verbs and tenses, the sub-conjunctive this and past participle that, were all quite hopeless. All I’ve ever …

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Avignon Vaucluse, Provence, France
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A video tour of Avignon, ‘City of the Popes’.

The magnificent city of Avignon is only about 70km from Lourmarin. Visit it here on this Avignon video tour. Better still, spend a day here and discover its rich and fascinating history. Explore the ramparts of its incredibly well preserved city …

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Aix-en-Provence, one of the a cities of Provence, France
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Cities of Provence an hour from Lourmarin

Easily reached on a day’s excursion from Lourmarin is the one of the mosy magnificent cities of Provence, Avignon and vibrant university town of Aix-en-Provence in Provence’s beautiful Var region. The Mediterranean coast is a short drive further; Marseilles, and the quaint fishing …

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Enjoying the pleasures of life in Provence
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Provence, where the pleasures of life abound

What is it that consistently draws people to Provence and to the Luberon in particular? What precisely is Provence’s appeal, that special ‘je ne sais quoi’ which make the region so captivating? Aside from its natural beauty, perhaps its enduring …

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Pont du Gard, near Uzes, Languedoc Roussillon, France
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Visit Pont du Gard here…..

Standing beneath the golden arches of the Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, just 6km from Uzès, Languedoc Roussillon, France, it hardly seems possible that this magnificent structure has been here for over 2000 years. Build from local limestone, for 600 years …

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Pont du Gard, near Uzes, Langedoc Roussillon, France
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The Pont du Gard, UNESCO site near Uzès

Just 6 miles outside of Uzès, towards Avignon, serenely merging into the surrounding landscape, sits the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site The Pont du Gard. It has been here for well over 2000 years, patiently waiting to be explored. No matter …

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Vineyard near Uzes in Languedoc Roussillon
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Wineries and olive oil mills near Uzès

Languedoc Roussillon has a steadily growing and well respected reputation for its wine and there are some excellent wines produced in the Uzès area. Predominantly they use the great Mediterranean varieties, Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Combined with the natural …

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