Breakfast Favourite Luberon Villages
Julie WhitmarshRestaurant RecommendationsTaste

Breakfast in our Favourite Luberon Villages

As you have probably guessed, I am a little bit restricted at the moment after my tumble a couple of weeks ago and am already missing being able to get out on the bike. I have very quickly realized that I am really not very good at being sedentary and …

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Planning Tips Brocantes Provence
InspireJulie WhitmarshShopping & Gifts

My Planning Tips for Brocantes In Provence

In the last few years, Saturdays would normally involve a trip across to the wonderful brocante market at Villeneuve-Les-Avignon, arriving early and spending the whole morning just fuddling around the stalls, finding new pieces for the house, or simply letting our imaginations run riot with what we may be able …

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Provence Summer Autumn
Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLiving in Provence

When Provence Shifts from Summer to Autumn

Provence in Autumn Bizarrely we sense and feel the changing seasons more in Provence than we do in Devon. Back in Exeter, the proximity to the sea seems to soften the edges of summer as it shifts into autumn and likewise, autumn into winter. That’s not the case here. Today …

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Market Day Banon
ExploreJulie WhitmarshVillages Towns and Cities

Market Day and Other Reasons to Visit Banon

To Market in Banon Sometimes the best-laid plans have to be cast aside, and that was the case last Tuesday. After taking the dog for an early-morning walk and getting everything ready for a cycle out to Roussillon for breakfast, we started to get the bikes out, only to hear …

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Montbrun Les Bains Spa Provence
ExploreJulie WhitmarshVillages Towns and Cities

Montbrun Les Bains it’s Spa Time in Provence

Relaxing in Provence Sometimes it takes me a while to get round to doing something and this week I finally decided I would go and try out the Spa at Montbrun Les Bains. I say finally as our lovely neighbour had mentioned it to me three (3) years ago, just …

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Fete du Citron Menton
InspireJulie WhitmarshWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

February Fun on the Cote D’Azur Nice Carnaval and Fête du Citron

Nice Carnaval In February 2018, for the first time, we found ourselves at Nice Carnaval – it probably sounds really awful, but we hadn’t really planned to go, only noticing it was on whilst we were planning a trip to the Fête du Citron at Menton for our wedding anniversary …

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Menerbes Luberon Village
ExploreJulie WhitmarshVillages Towns and Cities

Menerbes the Luberon Village Made for Exploring

Hilltop Menerbes We often find ourselves sitting on the wall on the front edge of the pretty village of Menerbes, while we’re out exploring the area on our bikes. Like so many of the hilltop villages in the Luberon, it has an incredible view that stretches as far as Mont …

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Cycling Incredible Roads Luberon
ExploreJulie WhitmarshStay Fit

Cycling Incredible Hills and Roads in the Luberon

By Vaucluse Dreamer: Last week Andy and I were sitting at Menerbes overlooking the view when two people on electric bikes pulled up beside us and were trying to identify the villages on the hills opposite. We got chatting, and they explained that they had just hired the bikes and …

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French Lesson Organic Garden
Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLearning French

Bees and a French Lesson in an Organic Garden

By Vaucluse Dreamer: Bee-Friendly Provence When you think of flowers in Provence, your mind tends to think about fields ablaze with poppies or the purple flashes of the lavender fields and the vibrant markets are home to stalls piled high with locally-produced fruit and vegetables or selling honey, created by …

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Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLiving in Provence

Buying a Home in Provence and L’Art de la Rencontre

By Vaucluse Dreamer: Yesterday Andy and I sat in the Artisan Bakery on The Quay in Exeter, raising a cup of coffee to celebrate the 3 years since we signed the papers and picked up the keys to our long-dreamed-for house in Provence. Of course we would have rather been …

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