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Exploring Provence the Luberon Villages and Beyond

I thought it was time to revisit something I did soon after starting this blog to do an A-Z of the Luberon and Vaucluse. I started it all those years ago, before we had bought the house, and with much less knowledge than we have now. Also, I never actually …

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Mont Sainte-Victoire in Pink Miriam Hartmann
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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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Menerbes Luberon Village
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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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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
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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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Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Luberon
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Visit Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Luberon in Ménerbes

At the top of the dreamy village of Ménerbes within a 17th-century mansion is la Maison de la Truffe et du Vin de Luberon. Year after year upon visiting this village, we would peer curiously through the iron gate of la Maison de la Truffe into the most beautiful, intimate garden …

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Visit Ménerbes
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When You Visit Ménerbes Make Sure to Try Chez Auzet

By Cheryl Shfflebotham: Hungry during the afternoon when restaurants and grocery stores are closed in Provence? Then head up to Chez Auzet at the top of Ménerbes for the most delicious quiche for just five euros! If you want to splurge, you can spend seven euros and get a salad …

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Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Atelier de Couleurs Workshop in Menerbes Where Period Furniture Gets a New Look

Artistic Menerbes Once you have visited the hilltop village of Menerbes, it is easy to understand why the Luberon and this town has enchanted so many. The charming main street compels you to pause and wander through an art gallery, or have a drink at one of the restaurants, particularly …

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Nicolas de Stael Menerbes view Opede le Vieux
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Who was Artist Nicolas de Staël and his Connection to Le Castellet in Ménerbes

One trail always leads to another…and so my discovery that the cookery writer Elizabeth David lived for some months in a large house in Ménerbes far more associated with another famous name from the 1950s inevitably made me want out find out more about the artist Nicolas de Staël. Who …

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Bistrot le 5 Menerbes Luberon
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Bistrot le 5 in the Luberon Village of Ménerbes

By Cheryl Shufflebotham: Looking for fresh, local, delicious food on a beautiful terrace overlooking the Luberon valley? You won’t be disappointed at Bistrot le 5. The food is excellent, with the most visually appealing presentation. Even more, this outdoor bistrot is located in the most polished of villages—Ménerbes. Enjoy Cheryl’s …

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