Expat Living Provence
Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLiving in Provence

Expat Living: How Another Year in Provence Flies By

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: This time last year I was writing about our first year in Provence, borrowing the title from Peter Mayle, who so sadly died earlier this year, having fuelled the dreams of so many people over the years (ourselves included) with his wonderful stories of life …

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Seeing Red in Provence Poppies and Cherries Signs of Spring

Having arrived back in Provence a few days ago I’ve been really surprised at how much things have changed in the last five (5) weeks. First, and probably the biggest surprise, is that everything is looking incredibly lush and green. This a such a stark contrast to the bleached colours …

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Visit My 3 Top Picks for Small but Perfect Provencal Markets

There is something wonderful about a traditional French market and over the years we’ve spent a considerable amount of time ambling around them in different towns across the Country. The nice thing is that each area expresses its own identity through its markets – with the wonderful seafood stalls, full …

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Expat Living and Real EstateJulie WhitmarshLiving in Provence

Expat Living with Pets It’s a dog’s life in Provence

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: It’s now nearly 4 months since Millie, our Golden Retriever, arrived for her first visit to France and I think it’s fair to say she has settled in very quickly and already considers Provence as home. I admit that it didn’t start too well, …

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The Cote d’Azur is Riot of Colour at Carnaval de Nice

In February, there is an explosion of colour along the Cote D’Azur when the hillsides are fringed with yellow from the bright flowers of the Mimosa trees and the citrus fruits glow orange and yellow against the dark green leaves– it’s as if the plants are reminding us of the …

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Menton Fête Du Citron Where Bollywood Meets Citrus in France

Thinking back now, the end of February wasn’t really the best choice for our wedding – it was a cold, wet and ultimately snowy day (although wonderful of course) – and for the last 28 years, we haven’t really had a long list of ways to celebrate –until now that …

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Walking Along the Mur de la Peste from Cabrières D’Avignon in the Luberon

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Heading back from L’Isle Sur La Sorgue market this week I thought I’d take the opportunity to stop at Cabrières D’Avignon and seek out a walk that I had heard about that follows some of the Mur de La Peste. The Mur de la Peste, …

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Luberon Dog Walk from the Abbaye de Senanque to Gordes

Having Millie, our Golden Retriever, with us in France this Winter has been lovely. Not only is it nice to have her company about the house, but it’s also meant that we have taken her on some delightful walks. Many are well-trodden routes that we have got to know well …

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Mourre Nègre Hiking Luberon @VaucluseDreamer
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The Views from the Mourre Nègre are worth the Hike to the Top

One of the first things I fell in love with when I viewed the house for the first time was the kitchen window’s view. The Luberon Valley spread out in front of us with the constant sight of the tower on the highpoint of the Mourre Nègre directly ahead, even …

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Take the Eurostar TGV Trip from Exeter to Avignon 4 cities in a Day

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: There’s something about travelling that is always a joy. Over the years we’ve come to enjoy the process of getting somewhere almost as much as the actual arrival. Even the 16hr solo drive that Andy tends to do has been much improved with Audible …

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