House Renovating Lourmarin @ShutrsandSunflowers
Caroline Longstaffe

The Challenges of House Renovating in Provence

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe Don’t you ever wonder when you ask your friends how they are and they always say ‘wonderful’? Really, always wonderful, no-one’s life is wonderful all of the time, is it? I know I’m a sharer, I write a blog after all and admittedly I mostly write about …

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Expat Living Lourmarin Provence
Caroline LongstaffeLiving in Provence

Expat Living in Lourmarin Our House in Provence

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: Back in March I wrote about the excitement of returning somewhere special, to Lourmarin, quoting from Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” I also mentioned that I had an appointment with a real estate agent…. A great deal has happened since then, but …

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Christmas Traditions Markets Aix-en-Provence
Caroline LongstaffeMarkets in Provence and Cote d'Azur

Christmas Traditions and the Markets of Provence

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: It’s December in Provence, snow has already sprinkled its magic across the villages and as the nights draw in and daylights fades each day, a bitter chill drapes itself like a frozen mantle across the dark golden, sprawling vineyards. By early December in Provence …

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Sunflower Field Book Château des Fouzes
Books on ProvenceCaroline LongstaffeLifestyle: Art & Culture

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 Polish mathematicians, Jerzy Rozycki, Marian Rejewski and Henryk Zygalski, with …

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Planning a Stay in the Luberon Village Lourmarin
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in Provence

Travel Planning your Stay in the Luberon Village of Lourmarin

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: I am often asked if I could help to plan a stay in Lourmarin, so voilà! This itinerary would work from any of the nearby Luberon villages, I’ve planned it round my favourite market days, listed below. But don’t rush around too much, allow yourself to …

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Room in Chateau Lourmarin
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in Provence

Why You Should Take a Tour of the Chateau Lourmarin

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaff: Last time I told you about Provence’s first Renaissance château, the Lourmarin Château and promised that next time we would peek inside. Here you will find a fascinating and sometimes quite surprising, eclectic collection of treasures, thanks to the legacy of its last private owner, Robert …

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The Lourmarin Chateau
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Why You Should Visit The Lourmarin Château

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: The Lourmarin Château lies on the edge of the fairy tale village of Lourmarin, nestled under the gently rolling hills of Provence’s southern Luberon. Visit it to admire its beautiful antiques, discover its fascinating history and enjoy a musical soirée within it ancient walls. …

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Marc Chagall's art at Carrieres de Lumieres @ShutrsSunflowrs
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCaroline LongstaffeLifestyle: Art & Culture

How to visit Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux de Provence

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: In 2016, Carrières de Lumières hosted the incredible art of Russian Marc Chagall. Yet another maestro’s talent splashed upon the towering walls and floor of a former bauxite quarry in Val d’Enfer, by Les Baux de Provence.  Set to a mystical, musical background the spellbinding spectacle was …

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Roussillon, Chateau Canorgue @ShutrsSunflowrs
Caroline LongstaffeExpat Living and Real Estate

Living a ‘A Good Year’ even if it’s not in Provence!

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: When ever I am feeling far away, yearning to be back in the Luberon in Provence, one of my solutions is to watch, yes for the hundredth time, ‘A Good Year.‘ Filmed minutes from Lourmarin, it perfectly encapsulates this stunning region; the alluring natural light, …

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Luberon vineyards near Menerbes #ExploreProvence @ShutrsSunflowrs
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in Provence

The Luberon adorned in her Autumn golden, crimson gown

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: Each season, I say to myself, that this is my favourite…… Winter ~ bundling up in soft woolens, crisp winter mornings; sparkling frost, magical snow flakes. Spring ~ gathering boughs of spring blossoms and filling my home with daffodils. Summer ~ sunflowers and eating …

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