Provence Summer Cool Down Gorges du Toulourenc
Active ProvenceExploreJulie Whitmarsh

Discover 3 Wet Places to Cool Down in Provence this Summer

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: It’s nearly 9pm and it’s still around 30 degrees on the terrace this evening. The weather over the last couple of weeks has been bizarre, ranging from the day I got in the car at Uzès to see the display reading 47degrees to a week …

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Jewellery Exhibition Saignon
BoutiqueJulie WhitmarshProvencal Artists

Vernissage: What do you mean by Varnishing my Jewellery Exhibition? 

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: A couple of months ago a friend, who owns a beautiful property in the centre of Saignon offered me the chance to have a small Exhibition of my jewellery there this summer. Over the last couple of years I have started making jewellery from …

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Thursday Markets Vaucluse
Julie WhitmarshMarketsTaste

Thursday Markets in Provence Another Reason to Cycle in the Vaucluse

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: I like Thursdays for many reasons. Not only is it nearly the weekend, or a chance for yoga both in the U.K. and here in France, but there’s also a good handful of Thursday markets to choose from in the Vaucluse. There’s the lovely …

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Sommières Brocante
ExploreJulie WhitmarshRoad Trip Ideas

Provence Getaway: A Night Away and a Visit to the Sommières Brocante

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: The last couple of days have been a bit of a whirl, which culminated on Friday in me driving my eldest across to the beautiful Gorges du Tarn, where he is doing a month’s ‘Work Away’ at a small bike-hire company Mellow Vélos. The …

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Vaucluse Cycle Provence
Active ProvenceExploreJulie Whitmarsh

A Vaucluse Cycle the Perfect Way to Awaken the Senses in Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Having arrived late on Monday night after a particularly stressful trip down I woke early yesterday and simply sat on the terrace like a lizard, being warmed by the sun, at the start of what was destined to be another stunning day. Yes there …

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UK Expat Trip Back to Provence
Expat LivingJulie Whitmarsh

It was not the most relaxing trip back to Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: It’s nine (9) weeks since I last left the house in Provence and returned to the UK. Andy has been down since & our eldest has spent the last month there pottering about improving his French and his Strava times at the same time. …

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Gordes Colours of Provence
ExploreJulie Whitmarsh

A Treat for the Eyes: The Colours of Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Let me start by saying that my husband & I both hate grey! It’s a colour that we’ve never really got on with …… I’m sorry as I know lots of people love it when the skies are a monochrome slab of grey cloud, …

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Our Year in Provence
Expat LivingJulie Whitmarsh

Enjoying Our Year in Provence (Sorry Peter Mayle)

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: It has just dawned on me that this time last year Andy was frantically packing the car, filling every possible space with bits we wanted to take with us to France ahead of setting off in the early hours to drive to Provence to …

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Luberon Cycling Routes
Active ProvenceExploreJulie Whitmarsh

Provence’s Luberon is Great for Cycling in all the Seasons

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: What we’ve realised since we bought the house this time last year is that there is no really bad time to cycle in Provence. Yes Summer is hot, but speaking as a‘mad dog’ I’m very happy to go out in the mid-day sun and …

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Provence Spring flowers along roadways
ExploreJulie Whitmarsh

It’s Nice to be Back in Provence and Spring has Arrived!

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Spring is in the air in Provence: Once again we have flung open the shutters on the house, switched the hot water on, filled the fridge & checked the tyres on the bikes. Over the last year (and it really is nearly a year since …

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