Aups- Yes- it does snow here!

Le Diamant Noir in Winter We too have had scenery from a  “winter wonderland” to accompany the Chrismas festivities !  It does snow occasionally, but it never lasts for long.

Santons of Provence

“Santons” are painted figurines, crafted in Provence, representing characters from all walks of life.  The more elaborate are dressed in provençal fabrics, in traditional dress. The word “santon” is said to be derived from “little saint” and these figurines have … Read More


This dish is a provençal speciality served at apéro time and goes well with a glass of chilled rosé. Served with crusty bread, or on mini toasts, with cruditiés it is an anchovy based dip, a perfect appetiser or starter … Read More


There is a running argument regarding the origins of aïoli,whether or not it belongs to Spain, Catalonia, Roussillon, the Vaucluse, Carmargue, Côted’Azur or Haute Provence, but it has had a place on the tables of all these areas for generations. … Read More

Truffle Season Aups

On a cold and frosty autumnal morning in November a crowd gathered in the market square in Aups, capital of the Haut Var,  This was no ordinary morning. At 10am, a whistle blew and everyone went into the hall for … Read More

Daube Provencal

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Soupe au Pistou

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Provence cuisine

The cuisine of Provence is determined by the landscape , climate, history and geographical influences, which provides us with various dishes, popular through the world Provence, originaly a Greek colony, and then part of the roman empire was not incorporated … Read More

Verdon Butterflies

The garden at Le Diamant Noir, as our visitors know well , provides a haven for butterflies, attracted by the numerous buddleia bushes The following are a selection of photographs of butterflies in the garden , filmed by Gayle Baird