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Nothing prepares you for the smell!  So familiar, intoxicating…’s a head rush!  The smell of Lavender!  I have spent years trying to create that smell in various forms in my home in London but it’s nothing like the real thing. A short trip up the A51 from Aix en Provence towards Manosque and a right turn to the Valensole Plateau and you are transported to this purple land.  The ever changing colours of Provence are quite something but I think this is the most impressive.  You can find it all over the region but a good source told me that … Read More

St Remy de Provence is one of the oldest towns in France.  Dreamy it certainly is………..and it is everything that one would expect from a Provencal town.   It’s a good size too …..perfect for an easy meander around in a morning or afternoon.  Little squares, cooling fountains, creamy white and pink shuttered houses and a fabulous sprinkling of cozy bistros. (It reminds me a little of a Provencal cotswold town in England).  It’s a perfect place to stay and relax!  I’d visited before with kids in tow……. so it was only a quick spin around the town then;  but this … Read More