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 LongstaffeInspire: 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 Provence
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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Lourmarin in Autumn @ShutrsSunflowrs
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Provence’s spell binding village of Lourmarin in autumn

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: Lourmarin in Provence’s Luberon in autumn; the intensity of the sun has faded but it still has some warmth. The crowds have receded but the region’s vibrancy has not diminished. The vendage is almost complete and the air is perfumed with the heady scent of …

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Cours Mirabeau Aix-en-Provence
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in ProvenceLocals Travel Tips

Discover Aix-en-Provence with an expert!

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaff: “Provence appeals to so many because the region offers something for everyone. From sea to sky, from mountains to meadows, from history to contemporary, it is an endless canvas.”  Esteemed writer, Carolyne Kauser-Abbott’s, perspectives about Provence. Visit the stunning city of Aix-en-Provence with her here….. …

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Provencal Lavender by the Chateau in Lourmarin @ShutrsSunflowrs
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

A video tour of the Provence’s perched villages of the Luberon

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaff: Explore the picturesque ‘villages-perchés’ of Provence’s stunning Luberon Valley. Starting in Lourmarin, join this video tour through this breathtakingly beautiful countryside. Meander through the vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards and discover the charms of these captivating historical villages (and these are just some …

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Luberon Abbaye de Senanque @ShutrsSunflowrs
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in Provence

The Luberon’s L’Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: Last time on our tour of the Luberon’s perched villages we visited Lacoste and Ménerbes, maybe you missed our next two stops? The mystical ghost town, Oppède-le-Vieux and Gordes, perhaps the Luberon’s most magnificent perched village. From Gordes, the next stop has to be L’Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, …

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Lacoste across the vineyards @ShutrsSunflowrs
Caroline LongstaffeExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Lacoste and Ménerbes Two Captivating Luberon Villages

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: Continuing our tour of Provence’s beautiful Luberon hillside villages; last time we took the D943 from Lourmarin, through the dramatic gorge to Bonnieux, Lacoste and Ménerbes now await. Lacoste, a tiny, sometimes forgotten perched village has breathtaking views across the sweeping Luberon landscape, Mont Ventoux and Les Alpes. …

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