Lourmarin Shopping Rose Bagatelle
Caroline LongstaffeLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Lourmarin Shopping at Rose de Bagatelle

By Caroline Longstaffe: Lourmarin Shopping It’s a small world’, maybe an overused cliché…… Yet things often happen to me, fine gossamer strands weaving connections to my life in California and very often Provence. These invisible threads do indeed shrink my world, just like this story about the charming owner of …

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Antiques Isle sur la Sorgue
Caroline LongstaffeLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Antiques and Holiday Weekends in Isle sur la Sorgue

Antiques Isle sur la Sorgue Over the last 30 years, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has become known all over France for its antiques. This picturesque little town has over 250 antique, art and decoration shops offering an extensive array of treasures from amongst its incredible collections. I told you last time how on …

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Cafe Gaby Lourmarin Fridays Market Day
Caroline LongstaffeMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurTaste: Food & Drink

Head to Lourmarin on Fridays for Market Day

Lourmarin on Fridays Early on Friday morning, around when the clock chimes eight, the sound of clanking metal posts gently peppers the air. White vans fill the car park outside my door, and market stalls spring up in Lourmarin’s Place Henri Barthélémy spilling out along the streets. Friday is market …

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Lourmarin Shopping Provencal Linens
Caroline LongstaffeLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Lourmarin Shopping for Provencal Linens

By Caroline Longstaffe: Shopping in Lourmarin As we’ve spent increasing amounts of time in Lourmarin we’ve come to know more of the people in the village, all of whom have been warm and welcoming.  Like us, many of them are not originally from the area but similarly captivated by its’ enchantment have …

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Lavender Wands Lourmarin
Caroline LongstaffeLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Lavender Wands at La Maison FRANC in Lourmarin

By Caroline Longstaffe: When Philippe Franc, the owner of La Maison FRANC first came to live in Pertuis, near Lourmarin, his neighbor welcomed him with a gift, a lavender wand or Coeur de Lavande. It was a defining moment and the first step in a story which led to the opening …

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Visit Château la Coste Art Wine
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in Provence

Visit Château La Coste for Art, Architecture and Wine

Nestled among rolling vineyards between the historic city of Aix-en-Provence (14km) and the stunning Luberon Valley (21km) you will find Château La Coste. Purchased by Irish real estate developer Paddy McKillen in 2002, the ordinary has been transformed into the extraordinary. Château La Coste is now a stunning domain set within 600 hectares, dedicated not just …

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Lourmarin Off-Season
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Luberon Villages Lourmarin in the Off-Sesason

It’s raining today in Provence and after nearly a month of clear, blue skies and gentle, warm autumnal days, temperatures have plummeted signalling the beginnings of winter. Nowhere, even Lourmarin, is idyllic in the rain, or is it? Perhaps enticed by the recently hung lights across the streets of the village …

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Visit Saint Remy de Provence
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Our Top Local’s Picks for Your Visit to Saint Remy de Provence

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: Recently someone who only had four days to spend in Provence asked me if I had to choose between a visit to Aix-en-Provence or Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, which would it be. Preferably I’d find the time for both but as stunning a city as Aix is, …

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Le Château Constantin Wines Lourmarin Luberon
Caroline LongstaffeTaste: Food & DrinkWines and Spirits of Provence

Le Château Constantin Wines a Family Vineyard near Lourmarin

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: Many people dream of owning a winery; a romantic illusion of strolling through carefully tended vines sharing your vintages within the shadows of a sprawling château, which for me would have to be in Provence. Of course, dreams like this seldom come true, such …

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Spring Luberon Lourmarin Cherry trees blooming Maison-des-Cerises
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Spring in the Luberon Valley a Visit to Lourmarin

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: When you leave a place for several months, however much you love it, even somewhere as special as Lourmarin, you find yourself wondering. Wondering if it is really is as magical as the images you have so firmly imprinted in your mind. Wondering whether you’ll …

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