Menerbes
Books on ProvenceInspire: Art & CultureRenata Haidle

Who Was Peter Mayle?

Have you ever done a basic search about books set in Provence? If so, it is quite possible that Peter Mayle was one of the first names to pop up, and for good reason. This is the man who is responsible for ultra-famous books such as A Year In Provence, …

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Mont Sainte-Victoire in Pink Miriam Hartmann
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & Culture

Miriam Hartmann an Artistic Journey to Provence

Born in Kiel, Germany, a meandering path led Miriam Hartmann to her artist’s atelier in the village of Ménerbes. Why Provence? Over 15 years ago, Miriam Hartmann stood on the terrace of a modest studio in the Provencal village of Maubec. Gazing at Mont Ventoux, she had an overwhelming feeling …

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Forget me Not Summer crop Provence Sophie Claire Novels
Books on ProvenceGuest PostInspire: Art & Culture

Provence is the Perfect Setting for Sophie Claire Novels

I’m often asked why I set my stories in this part of France and there are many reasons. Here I’ve picked out just a few for you: A Sensual Place Well firstly, it’s a stunning part of the world, as anyone who’s visited will know. The colours are intense, the …

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Charming Lourmarin Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLiving in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Charming Lourmarin Where I Live in Provence

Enamoured with Provence, Caroline Longstaffe is one of our regular contributors. Her blog, Shutters and Sunflowers, is about passion, living the journey and not waiting to get to the destination. A traveller at heart, Caroline says she was most probably born under a wandering star. Born in England, she lives …

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Abbaye de Senanque Lavender Luberon Valley
Explore: Travel in ProvenceJane DunningLocals Travel Tips

Looking for Lavender in the Luberon Valley

Lavender Fields Forever Many of us would love to spend days in Provence, luxuriating amidst fields of this alluring purple flower. This article is all about ‘lavande rapide’ – how to see lavender in Provence when you don’t have much time or have a long list of things you want …

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Provence Highlights Trip Planning Marseille Vieux Port Artichokes
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceLocals Travel Tips

7 Days in Provence Highlights for Trip Planning

A Week in Provence Key to a great holiday in Provence (or anywhere) is striking a balance between activity and downtime. We have been fortunate to have many friends visit the region. Of course, we like to think it all about us, but the reality is Provence is magnetic. After …

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Cycling Incredible Roads Luberon
Explore: Travel in ProvenceJulie WhitmarshStay Fit in Provence

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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Luberon Biking Routes Cycling
Explore: Travel in ProvenceJulie WhitmarshStay Fit in Provence

Luberon Biking Routes Cycling the Veloroute to Cucuron

By Vaucluse Dreamer: It’s been a long time since I last posted about a cycle ride in the area, that’s not because we haven’t been cycling, in fact, the opposite is true. This area is so good for cycling, and even though we thought we had been along most of …

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Visit Provence Beaux Villages Provence Villages Les Plus Beaux Villages de France Logo
Barefoot BloggerExplore: Travel in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

A Visit to Provence and Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

By Barefoot Blogger There’s a new obsession running around in my head: “visit as many of France’s ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages‘ as I possibly can.”  So far, I’ve seen only 10 out of some 156 “authentic” Les Plus Beaux Villages. I have a lot of traveling to do. Les Plus …

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Bastide de Marie
Cheryl ShufflebothamRestaurant Recommendations in ProvenceTaste: Food & Drink

An Enchanting Dinner to Remember at Bastide de Marie

By Cheryl Shufflebotham: Just a skip down the road from our rental in Ménerbes, we returned to la Bastide de Marie for the final evening of our yearly trip to Provence. And the meal won for best of the trip, though a couscous and garbanzo dish from an auberge in …

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