Lavender Wands Lourmarin
Caroline LongstaffeInspireShopping & Gifts

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

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 LongstaffeExploreVillages 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 LongstaffeExploreVillages 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 LongstaffeTasteWines 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 LongstaffeExploreVillages 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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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 LongstaffeInspire

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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