Key dates in 2022

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It’s never too early to start planning for your next holiday. We’re making it easier for you by listing the key dates in France and the UK for school holidays and public (or bank) holidays. See you soon! 2022 Public Holidays in France Holiday Date New Year’s Day: Sat, 1 January Good Friday Fri, 15 […]

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Raising a toast to the champagne industry

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Although alcohol sales and consumption have risen in the last six months, the champagne industry is feeling the effects of COVID-19, with parties, weddings and other celebrations cancelled to limit the spread of the virus. Champagne houses are now reporting that they will have up to 100 million bottles likely sitting in storage unsold by […]

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Cycling

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Cycling is a national pastime and a sport that is synonymous with France. It’s also big in the Luberon, whether on the road or off-road. The region is gently hilly and many of the villages are at the top of a short, sharp hill, but as a consolation they are not far apart. The Vaucluse […]

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For the love of lavender

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Every summer the plateaus and hills of Provence are coloured in blue and purple by fields of lavender. The lavender in the Lubéron blooms from around the last week of June to the beginning of August when it is harvested. It is usually at its peak in early July, but this depends on rainfall. Collected […]

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Santé! Cheers! Proost! Salute!

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France is a country of winemaking tradition and offers unique wines in the world. Why? Terroir! The typical soil, climatic conditions and knowledge of winemakers are what give French wines their originality and excellence – and delivers a variety of wines, even within the same appellation. Provence wines Provence is perhaps not the most renowned […]

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Cistercian Abbeys of Provence

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If it’s peace and tranquility or a bit of interesting history you’re after, you should visit one of Provence’s three iconic 12th century Cistercian abbeys – Sénanque, Le Thoronet and Silvacane. At the end of the 11th century, monks ruled as lords from more than 1,200 abbeys in Europe, handing out their own justice and […]

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Luberon towns to explore

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Ansouis This is a 1,000-year-old village like most of them locally, with an ancient church and 12th century château (just sold by the De Sabran family after 1,000 years). Perched on a hilltop, Ansouis is full of tiny streets dotted with boutiques and artists’ workshops. As you walk about, you can admire the village square, […]

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Markets of Provence

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Market day is not just a time to buy what you need, it is also a time to observe this most French of rituals, when some of the stereotypes come alive. Whether you’re shopping for real or simply strolling through, the markets of Provence are a fantastic outing. They’re as popular with locals as with […]

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