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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Henri Bosco

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Henri Bosco

Henri Bosco was an acclaimed French writer. He frequently stayed in Lourmarin where, in 1947, he had acquired a bastidon isolated in the hills, a place of silence, daydreams and meditation. He described the unparalleled splendour of the Luberon in his books. Every scene of life, every place he described, came alive with his pen. […]

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Good reads for lovers of Provence

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There are literally thousands of books about Provence: guide books, armchair travel companions, historic overviews, culture, food, wine … not to mention the novels and “expat” stories set in Provence. So where does one start? Well, we’ve read lots of them; some are simply marvellous (thanks, Peter Mayle for making it an impossible act to […]

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Visit the iconic and historic Lourmarin Chateau

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The Chateau de Lourmarin was the first Renaissance chateau in Provence. It sits atop a hill just outside Lourmarin, dominating the western view of the village. The chateau that is seen today reflects two separate periods of construction. In the 15th century, in the later part of the Renaissance, Lord Foulques d’Agoult began building on […]

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