Gite Bonnieux
Cheryl ShufflebothamRental & Self-Catered Properties in ProvenceStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

A Gîte in Bonnieux That Comes With a Dog and Two Cats

On our last visit to Provence, we stayed at a little oasis of tranquillity tucked away just below the village of Bonnieux. Each day began with a short yet very steep five-minute walk up to the boulangerie for fresh croissants. Lazy afternoons were spent lounging by a pool gazing up …

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Bedoin Village in the Vaucluse
Cheryl ShufflebothamExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Visit the Charismatic Provencal Village of Bedoin

Bedoin is a village, in the Vaucluse, that grows on you. At first it may not appear to be as polished or refined as some of the other popular villages in the area. But give it a chance. Wander the streets and enjoy the atmosphere, the frenzy of excitement as …

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Mont Ventoux Cyclists
Cheryl ShufflebothamExploreStay Fit

Riding Mont Ventoux “I’m Never Doing This Again!”

As I waited with anticipation at an ancient fountain in the village of Bédoin for my husband to complete his third ride of Mont Ventoux, I spotted him. Anxiously, I asked, “How did it go?” Grinning but determined, he said, “I’m never doing this again!” Famous last words! After unwinding …

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French Bistro meals and fries
Cheryl ShufflebothamRestaurant RecommendationsTaste

Luberon Restaurants: Sometimes It’s All About the Frites!

The truth is it doesn’t cost much to eat like a king in France. Though there are many Michelin-starred restaurants and fantastic dining experiences to be had, often it’s the simple café and bistro food that’s the best. The scrumptious buttery omelettes, the quiche, the crêpes, the freshest of salads—of …

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Tourrettes-sur-Loup The City of Violets in Provence
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Tourrettes-sur-Loup: Provence’s City of Violets

The thrill of discovering new villages with the expectation that the next one will be more charming than the last is why my early trips to France entailed a five-page list of villages in alphabetical order to see. The sight of this list would often make my husband’s face turn …

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Foodie Bonnieux Luberon La Bergerie Restaurant Ferme de Capelongue in Bonnieux
Cheryl ShufflebothamRestaurant RecommendationsTaste

A Foodie Discovery at the Top of Bonnieux in the Luberon

One day while taking a walk up the very steep road behind Bonnieux, I saw signs for la Bastide de Capelongue and Édouard Loubet, Relais and Châteaux. Curious, I kept walking. I continued up past the village and onto a side road. I soon came to the grounds of a …

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Lourmarin in the Luberon by Cobblestone and Vineyards
Cheryl ShufflebothamExploreVillages Towns and Cities

Lourmarin The Most Romantic Village of the Luberon

Here’s a tip! When your husband asks if you would like to be dropped off in the village of Lourmarin for the day, you just say “Yes!” You don’t question it. You just go. You won’t be disappointed. Read the original Cobblestones and Vineyards article for Cheryl’s photos of Lourmarin …

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Histoires de Bastide a Bed and Breakfast With a View
Bed & Breakfasts in ProvenceCheryl ShufflebothamStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Histoires de Bastide a Bed and Breakfast With a View

On our recent two-day French Riviera adventure, we stayed at the amazing Histoires de Bastide in the most charming of villages, Tourrettes-sur-Loup. After much online searching and scrutinizing of every bed and breakfast in the Côte d’Azur, we settled on this one, and boy was it a find! I selfishly …

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The Village of Goult in the Luberon in Provence
Cheryl ShufflebothamExploreVillages Towns and Cities

The Village of Goult is a Secret Luberon Gem

While most tourists visiting the Luberon head right for the spectacular villages of Gordes and Roussillon, there lies tucked away in a world all its own, the quiet, refined, and classy town of Goult. Classy is the word to describe this quaint little village with its photogenic little square of …

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le petit cafe retaurant in Oppede-le-Vieux @cobblestoneandvineyards
Cheryl ShufflebothamRestaurant RecommendationsTaste

Le Petit Café in the Majestic Oppède-le-Vieux

Some things just don’t change. Don’t you love it when you return to a place and it feels like nothing has skipped a beat while you were gone? Like le Petit Café located in the breathtaking Oppède-le-Vieux. The same white dog sitting on a spool in the centre of it …

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