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

Memories of Summer in Aups

It was another busy summer at Le Diamant Noir and we welcomed faces old and new to our lovely area. As always, the pool provided a refreshing meeting place, where many a carafe of rosé was shared. The lac Saint … Read More

Gardening challenges in the Verdon- Aups

At Le Diamant Noir we have a few challenges in the garden The wisteria and clematis was beautiful this year and because of plentiful rainfall everything is looking very fresh. Living in the Parc du Verdon we have an abundance … Read More

Holiday Rental Accommodation- improvements-Aups

Holiday Rental Accommodation Aups-Provence The season is now well underway and as usual we have met some lovely people. We have been very busy hence the lack of  “posting” Earlier in the year the shutters had a facelift. This took … Read More

Easter Monday in Cotignac

The Pâques bank holiday dawned fine with clear blue skies. We took a trip to the historic town of Cotignac just 16km from Le Diamant Noir holiday rental accommodation, Aups Link below shows the route Agrandir le plan This village … Read More

The Olive Festival -Aups

The last Sunday in March is a day of celebration in Aups.  At this time of year the olive is honoured. The town is decorated with olive branches from the newly pruned olive trees. The market place filled with stalls … Read More

From Aups visit Sillans La Cascade

During your visit to Le Diamant Noir at Aups in the Var area of Provence be sure to visit the waterfall at Sillans La Cascade. Park the car in the car park below the village and walk to the base … Read More

Provençal Market- Isle Sur La Sorgue

If you have the opportunity try to visit L’Isle sur La Sorgue. If you are flying in to Avignon airport this would be a good opportunity. http://www.theluberon.com/isle.htm L’Isle Sur La Sorgue is an island town built up where the river … Read More