Purple Lavender Luberon Provence
Cheryl ShufflebothamExplore

Where to See a Sea of Purple Lavender in the Luberon

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: The words lavender and Provence are synonymous. Yes, lavender embodies the very essence of Provence. Isn’t it true that when one imagines Provence, it’s fields of lavender as far as the eye can see that come to mind? Sunflowers too? Yet, the lavender season is …

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Bonnieux Market Provence
Cheryl ShufflebothamMarketsTaste

These Scenes From the Bonnieux Market Will Make You Want to Visit

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: It’s always exciting to wander into a French market with the hustle and bustle and the thrill of discovery awaiting. From the beautiful fruit and vegetable stands to the local honey to the fromage to the wine to the soaps and linens, market day is …

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Rental Goult
Cheryl ShufflebothamRentalsStay

A Rental in Goult With a Studio with a Million-Dollar View

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: Nestled on the side of a hill (in Goult) with stunning views looking out over toward Bonnieux lies a small, secluded studio for two. This little rental is a dream. Though small, it is fitted to such a high standard. …Continue reading here for Cheryl’s photos …

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Bonnieux Luberon
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Why I am Crazy About Bonnieux in the Luberon

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: I must admit, at first I wasn’t crazy about the village of Bonnieux. I thought it was a little too busy, a little rougher around the edges than some of my favorites in Provence. But after staying two weeks just below the village, I …

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Provençal Honey
Cheryl ShufflebothamRegional Foodie TreatsTaste

In the Pursuit of Local Provençal Honey Fresh from the Farm

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: Need a break from wine tasting? How about Provençal honey tasting? Although, I don’t think anyone tires of wine tasting, especially when in Provence and having access to Côtes du Rhône wine in abundance. But the honey in Provence is divine, with hints of …

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la Bastide de Marie Luberon
Cheryl ShufflebothamRestaurant ReviewsTaste

La Bastide de Marie Nestled Among the Vines in the Luberon

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: Just outside the village of Menerbes lies an 18th-century residence nestled among 57 acres of vines, surrounded by cypress and olive trees, and scented with rosemary and lavender bushes all around. La Bastide de Marie is an intimate, luxury farmhouse—a Provençal oasis in the …

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Gite Bonnieux
Cheryl ShufflebothamRentalsStay

A Gîte in Bonnieux That Comes With a Dog and Two Cats

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: On our last visit to Provence, we stayed at a little oasis of tranquility tucked away just below the village of Bonnieux. Each day began with a short yet very steep five-minute walk up to the boulangerie for fresh croissants. Lazy afternoons were spent lounging …

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Bedoin Village in the Vaucluse
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Visit the Charismatic Provencal Village of Bedoin

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: Bedoin is a village, in the Vaucluse, that grows on you. At first it may not appear to be as polished or refined as some of the other popular villages in the area. But give it a chance. Wander the streets and enjoy the atmosphere, …

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Mont Ventoux Cyclists
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Riding Mont Ventoux “I’m Never Doing This Again!”

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: As I waited with anticipation at an ancient fountain in the village of Bédoin for my husband to complete his third ride of Mont Ventoux, I spotted him. Anxiously, I asked, “How did it go?” Grinning but determined, he said, “I’m never doing this …

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French Bistro meals and fries
Cheryl ShufflebothamRestaurant ReviewsTaste

Luberon Restaurants: Sometimes It’s All About the Frites!

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: The truth is it doesn’t cost much to eat like a king in France. Though there are many Michelin-starred restaurants and fantastic dining experiences to be had, often it’s the simple café and bistro food that’s the best. The scrumptious buttery omelettes, the quiche, …

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