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Visitor Guide: Gardens of Provence

Beautiful Gardens of Provence France has many magnificent, historically significant gardens built for French royalty. The Palace of Versailles and its immaculate grounds are on your list of must-sees near Paris. Then there are the Jardins du Château de Fontainebleau south of the capital and the stunning Château de Chenonceau …

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Rustrel a Luberon Village for a week in Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLiving in ProvenceLocals Travel TipsVillages Towns and Cities

Holiday Escape to Rustrel: Village Life in the Luberon Valley

We have featured many villages and larger towns from St Remy to Nice in our “Where we live in Provence” series, including other places in the Luberon. Perhaps missed by the typical tourist itineraries, Rustrel is a small Luberon Valley village worth visiting. We asked Beth, who owns a home …

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Ansouis Village Luberon
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocals Travel Tips

Exploring from Apt 4 Day Trips in the Vaucluse

Jen and Chris Mallon decided to move from England to Apt quickly. They decided in June 2018 and arrived in France that September. Leaving their jobs, selling a house, they headed through the channel tunnel to Provence. After four years in the Luberon, they are busy running Cent Cinq self-catered …

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Val Joanis Remarkable Gardens Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensInspire

Visit the Remarkable Gardens of the South of France

The label Jardin remarquable (Remarkable Garden) started in 2004 to celebrate and document France’s magnificent gardens. A Jardin Remarquable must meet the established criteria. The requirements include integration in the site, an interesting blend of vegetation, quality of the location, engaging use of plants and, where applicable, provide historical interest. …

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Gordes Hiking Walking Luberon Roussillon
ExploreJulie WhitmarshStay Fit

Walking in the Luberon Roussillon for Coffee

Although we always like to think that every day in Provence is warm and sunny, that isn’t the case. Winter in Provence can mean sunshine & blue skies one day, then heavy snow the next. See the photo of Simiane-La-Rotonde in the snow below. When I threw open the shutters …

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Breakfast Favourite Luberon Villages
Julie WhitmarshRestaurant RecommendationsTaste

Breakfast in our Favourite Luberon Villages

As you have probably guessed, I am a little bit restricted at the moment after my tumble a couple of weeks ago and am already missing being able to get out on the bike. I have very quickly realized that I am really not very good at being sedentary and …

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War Memorial Provence Vaucluse
ExploreJulie WhitmarshProvencal History & Traditions

A War Memorial amongst the Lavender Fields in the Vaucluse

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Back in the Summer we spent some time exploring the pretty village of Simiane-La-Rotonde, a few miles away from us in the neighbouring Department of Alpes de Haute Provence. Whilst we were there we noticed the names of five (5) English Airmen had been added …

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Simiane La Rotonde Cycle
ExploreJulie WhitmarshStay FitVillages Towns and Cities

Stepping back in time in the Village of Simiane La Rotonde 

Over the summer one of our favourite cycle rides took us to the delightful boulangerie at Simiane-La-Rotonde, just across the border from us towards Banon in the neighbouring Department of Alpes de Haute Provence. The boulangerie itself is worth the hour-long uphill cycle, but it’s not the only attraction as …

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Banon Visit Explore Provence @ProvenceTayls
David & Karen TaylorExplore

Banon a Village to Visit in Provence

Contributor blog post by David Taylor: Take the D179 then D22 heading north easterly , stop for an ice cream in Simiane la Rotonde and take in the peace and tranquility of this small perched village before you arrive in Banon. Famous for its cheese (typically Goats cheese wrapped in …

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towers of Caseneuve @Vauclusdreamer
ExploreJulie WhitmarshStay Fit

Beyond the Veloroute – cycle to Simiane La Rotonde

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: I have to admit to being rather tired last night. Yesterday’s cycle took us onto one of the roads that turns left just before the end of the Veloroute du Calavon and it felt as if we spent most of our time going up …

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