Visiting Grignan Beautiful Village
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Visiting Grignan a Beautiful Villages for Lunch in the Drome

We often visit Grignan in the Drome Provencale, an area that falls between the Rhone River and the Alps north of the Vaucluse. Since we were last there in the summer of 2019, Grignan was added to the Plus Beaux Villages de France. And, there is little wonder why. Rising …

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Enjoying the Lavender fields in Vaucluse and nearby Drôme Provençale

It’s a toss-up between coquelicots (red poppies) and lavender, but probably no other scent or sight says Provence better than the pungent aroma of a purple field of lavender growing in mounded rows under a brilliant blue summer sky. We were lucky that it was the lavender season when we …

Tricot tower or belfry in Grignan
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Le Poème de Grignan Restaurant in the Drôme Provençale

We have been to Grignan in the Drôme Provençale several times, an area that falls between the Rhône River and the Alps north of the Vaucluse. So when we were in Sablet last fall with friends Steve and Mary, we took a day trip to Grignan and ate lunch at …

Cycle the Drome Provencal @ProvenceTayls
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Another cycle into the Drome Provencal

Contributor blog post by David Taylor: We are accommodating more cyclists this year, Nigel and his wife Jenny are on their second visit, Nigel (pictured) is a very experienced road and mountain biker, and so I was a little nervous joining him and our friends Kevin & Siobhan, also very experienced …

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Cycling into the Drome Provencal

Contributor blog post by David Taylor: I am continuing to train for a further ascent of Mont Ventoux in the coming weeks so my Tuesday ride took me over the hills past Javon and down to Sault. As ever the first glimpse of Ventoux with the lavender in full bloom …

Almond Blossoms Provence January
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A Year in Provence 4 Seasons of Flowers and Recipes

When we first arrived in Provence, it was early October. That year delivered a relatively mild start to the month, and I honestly wasn’t focused on the flowers that came later. Cycling under sunny skies in the Camargue, we passed by rice fields that were being harvested and visited the …

Cycling Exploring Provence
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Cycling a Great Way of Exploring Provence on Two Wheels

There is something about pottering around Provence on two wheels that makes my heart sing, as it’s just such a delight for all your senses: It may be the beautiful views, perhaps taking a moment or two to sit on a wall watching the sunlight shift across the landscape, or …

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Saturday Market Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes is the Best

One of the best things about coming to our home in Sablet is shopping at the weekly outdoor marchés in towns and villages throughout the region … or at least it is for “foodies” like me. Why would you buy fruits and vegetables, cheese, meats, or fish at one of …

Summer Provence Lavender Fields-near-Sault
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Summer in Provence is When to See Lavender Fields

Throughout the Luberon region, the landscape is peppered with fields of small, round-shaped lavender bushes, which for almost nine months of the year lie dormant like sleeping hedgehogs. In the spring, they begin to sprout, and from about the middle of June, their fragrant flowers bloom, fanning their purple fronds …

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Top Restaurant Recommendations in Malaucène? As a Local

Le Prieuré La Madelène Bed and Breakfast (B&B) is the site of a former 12th-century Benedictine monastery nestled just outside the village of Malaucène at the foot of Mont Ventoux. This B&B with five (5) guestrooms and a private cottage (gîte) is a few minutes from Vaison La Romaine. Surrounded …